Improving Supply Chain ROI in a Tough Tariff Environment

American Global Logistics

These duties would cover $325 billion in goods, hitting the price-sensitive apparel sector particularly hard and taking a significant bite out of business’ bottom […]. Blog air freight apparel capacity Chinese tariffs customs duties import logistics ocean contract rates ocean freight ocean shipping ROI shippers spot rates supply chain supply chain partner tariffs TEU

Competing in a Consumer-Focused Age with an Agile Supply Chain

American Global Logistics

Blog air freight apparel capacity Chinese tariffs customs duties import logistics ocean contract rates ocean freight ocean shipping ROI shippers spot rates supply chain supply chain partner tariffs TEUFrom a new couch to a week’s worth of groceries, shoppers can summon nearly anything to their doorstep, local store or delivery locker with just a few clicks. Some of the most significant consumer changes impacting supply chains include: Shifting demographics.

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As Peak Season Looms, Here’s How to Prepare

American Global Logistics

Halfway through 2019, ocean shipping costs have already inched up for businesses, with many carriers locking in rates $200 to $300 higher per TEU than the 2018 contract season. Blog air freight apparel capacity Chinese tariffs customs duties import logistics ocean contract rates ocean freight ocean shipping ROI shippers spot rates supply chain supply chain partner tariffs TEU

The Tariff Takeaway: It’s Time to Stress-Test Your Supply Chain

American Global Logistics

Blog air freight apparel capacity Chinese tariffs customs duties import logistics ocean contract rates ocean freight ocean shipping ROI shippers spot rates supply chain supply chain partner tariffs TEUAfter announcing earlier this month that 10% tariffs would go into effect Sept. 1 on $300 billion in Chinese imports, the U.S. reversed course this week and said duties would be delayed until December on certain products.

Checklist: Logistics challenges in China

Supply Chain Movement

Supply chain in China was once an afterthought or was only thought of in terms of the ‘Make’ and ‘Ship’ processes included in manufacturing in China. But the logistics infrastructure is a major challenge. Supply Chain Movement and logistics service provider DSV created a checklist to discover how well your Chinese supply chains are organized. >>Please Checklist Logistics Challenges in China. 15 questions about Chinese supply chains.

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Honeywell Helps Apparel Logistics Group Triple Daily Output from Its Ecommerce Distribution Center

Supply Chain 24/7

Honeywell Intelligrated’s technology and technical support services will help The Apparel Logistics Group expand its e-commerce parcel shipping capability, increase productivity at the shipping dock, ensure order accuracy and expand its value-added services capacity, which includes returned merchandise management and product customization

This Week in Logistics News (October 26-30, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Now, on to this week’s supply chain and logistics news… Exclusive: Wal-Mart seeks to test drones for home delivery, pickup ( Reuters ). Wal-Mart Won’t Promote Free-Shipping Deals Over Holidays (WSJ – sub. Some follow-up thoughts based on the comments received: First, from a supply chain and logistics perspective, I believe Walmart continues to innovate and lead the industry in many areas. 25, it will bring back free shipping and returns.

Honeywell Helps Apparel Logistics Group Triple Daily Output from Its Ecommerce Distribution Center

Supply Chain 24/7

Honeywell Intelligrated’s technology and technical support services will help The Apparel Logistics Group expand its e-commerce parcel shipping capability, increase productivity at the shipping dock, ensure order accuracy and expand its value-added services capacity, which includes returned merchandise management and product customization

This Week in Logistics News (May 4-8, 2015)

Talking Logistics

In this week’s supply chain and logistics news… Pitney Bowes Expands Cross-Border Ecommerce Capabilities with the Acquisition of Borderfree. XPO Logistics Announces First Quarter 2015 Results. Growing Shipping Alliances Are Straining Major U.S. Its customers include retailers, department stores, apparel brands, and lifestyle brands that sell a range of physical goods online. Note: LeanLogistics and Transplace are Talking Logistics sponsors.

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This Week in Logistics News (September 30 – October 4, 2013)

Talking Logistics

I’m thinking of sending my representatives in Congress a copy of the book Getting to We , written by my friends Kate Vitasek and Jeanette Nyden — and also inviting them and all members of Congress to participate in my upcoming conversation with Kate and Jeanette on Talking Logistics. While the stalemate continues in Washington, things keep moving forward in the world of supply chain and logistics. Retail stores become shipping hubs to battle Amazon ( USA Today ).

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Reverse Logistics: Who Does it Well?

Logistics Bureau

It would be tempting to think of reverse logistics as forward logistics done backwards. Reverse logistic isn’t simply a reverse gear. Reverse logistics can also have a dramatic effect on steering a company’s fortunes. Reverse logistics is therefore worth doing, and worth doing properly. Looking to real-life examples for inspiration, we can ask, ‘Who does reverse logistics well?’ This also qualifies as reverse logistics.

Parcel Shipping: Dimensional Weight and the Post-GRI Blues

Talking Logistics

If you ship printed matter, hardware, or any other products with high density, you may not be impacted at all. Shippers of apparel, footwear, housewares, gifts, etc. This is still not a practical solution, particularly for shippers that may be filling orders from multiple ship-from locations, but it is at least worth considering through a cost/benefit analysis. We’re several weeks into what for many shippers is a very new and somewhat unfriendly parcel rating environment.

Holidays Offer Unique Challenges for Cold Chain Logistics

CH Robinson Transportfolio

These, combined with holiday deadlines, present unique challenges for the logistics industry. Robinson) and I sat down with Talking Logistics host Adrian Gonzalez to discuss consumer shopping trends and expectations as we approach the holidays and how that impacts temperature controlled shipping and logistics. Food and beverage sales during the holiday season are expected to outpace all other retail categories including apparel, once again.

Tips for Retailers (And All Shippers) to Overcome the Amazon Effect

Cerasis

Whether you are a retailer, carrier, cloud services provider, or eCommerce merchant, Amazon not only effected the landscape of e-tail but the landscape of shipping and logistics as a whole. The Growth of Parcel Shipping on the Rise Thanks to the Amazon Effect Overall, parcel shipping is growing at a robust 10-percent clip as all other freight modes are basically flat, growing at a very modest 1 percent. Freight Logistics Omnichannel Small Package amazon effect

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Selling Online? What It Means for Your Logistics Network Design

Logistics Bureau

If enterprises are to provide such advantages, their logistics must be organised to match. Ideally, in a clicks and mortar business, logistics activities would be the same between fulfilment of online and physical sales. A common logistics network means simplification, efficiency, overall reduction of inventory and effort, and lower costs. On the other hand, you now need to ship to thousands or millions of customer locations (their home addresses). Return logistics.

Omni-channel Emerging as Top Retail Logistics Issue

Supply Chain Network

Last year in Florida at RILA Logistics 2013, the topic of multi-channel was discussed with 5 related presentations delivered where the challenges of the coming omni-channel revolution were laid down. Hear how Sears instituted a ship-from-store model that fills a high percentage of product to each customer’s home within 2 days, often next day. So why am I suggesting that Omni-channel is now emerging to be the top retail logistics challenge being faced today by retailers?

Connecting the Dots on Amazon's patents in Logistics

Techgistics

I've dug into Amazon's patent filings over the last five years and mined the patent titles for keywords related to inventory and logistics. While many of these technologies may never be deployed, the patents reveal how Amazon thinks about the future of logistics and makes it crystal clear that Amazon views logistics and fulfillment technology as a core competency. Amazon is expected to surpass Macy’s this year to become the largest seller of apparel in America.

36 innovative companies re-inventing and rethinking supply chain and logistics

6 River Systems

The world of supply chain and logistics is changing every day. Each one is featured as having done something unique to reinvent their supply chain and logistics. The new facility will allow the company to offer two-day shipping to most (about 90%) of the U.S. When customers order items not stocked at one of Belk’s fulfillment centers, those items are shipped directly from the vendor. PST will ship the same day.

Top 5 Ways Augmented Reality and Apple ARKit Will Transform Retail and Logistics

FLEXE

For apparel, virtual fitting rooms will make it easier for customers to “try on” clothes from home. With an estimated 30% of online apparel sales returned , being able to “see” how something will fit before buying it will reduce the number of returns and, theoretically, convert more sales while boosting customer satisfaction. . Business use cases also extend to how AR will transform logistics.

6 Best Practices for eCommerce Warehousing

Cerasis

Graves of Inbound Logistics , accounting for nearly one-half of $1 trillion by 2010. It stands to reason that compliance requirements , such as the EDI 856 Advanced Shipping Notice, will continue to become more important. In other words, shippers need to be prepared to take on the costs of free return shipping, assistance when printing shipping labels and processing returns as they come in. E-Commerce Logistics eCommerce

Ready For the Next Port Crisis?

Talking Logistics

It said that if it takes two months for the ports to become fully operational, the window for shipping this season’s crop will have closed. This dispute has left a damaging effect on our industry—causing extreme delays and millions in lost sales,” the American Apparel & Footwear Association said, as reported in the WSJ. “If appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

‘Try Before You Buy’: A Huge Logistics Challenge for E-Tailers

Supply Chain Brain

What it amounts to is enabling a type of customer behavior that has caused apparel sellers headaches for years. Retailers were forced to cope with large volumes of returns, becoming experts in the art of reverse logistics. Take Nordstrom’s Trunk Club , the subscription-based service that ships out curated selections of clothing periodically and invites buyers to return whatever they don’t wish to keep. The mantra today is “try before you buy.”

Columbia Sportswear: Peeling Back the Onion on Your Supply Chain Processes

Talking Logistics

Columbia Sportswear is a 77-year old, profitable, multi-billion dollar company and a leading brand in the global outdoor and active lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment industry. The analytics include a diagnostic component, showing Columbia why products are late, such as a ship delay at a port…When TurboDown jackets “took off” in the U.S.

Five Technology Trends That Will Change Global Freight

Freightos

And with daily headlines on new Ubers for X, new tech acquisitions, and the continuing crawl of technology into our everyday life, we’re focussing on five emerging tech trends that have the potential to reshape logistics. Better last mile shipping. Persistent growth in ecommerce, door delivery and expectations for “free” shipping have many in the industry talking up the potential for drones to change the industry. Five Tech Trends That Will Change Freight.

What Happens to Retail in Fall 2020?

Logility

Ship-from-store capabilities have repurposed many store employees. Avoid allocating too much inventory to stores and allow your e-commerce channels to dictate centralized inventory trends or ship-from-store inventory trends. Most apparel companies chose to take a finance led approach.

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Top 5 Ways Augmented Reality and Apple ARKit Will Transform Retail and Logistics

FLEXE

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A Model for Transporting Goods in Brazil

Supply Chain @ MIT

When shipping product into a country as large and complex as Brazil, the choice of transportation routes has a critical impact on supply chain costs. The items fall into four classes of product: apparel, accessories ranging from eyewear to luggage, home products such as bedding, and fragrances. Since taxes are paid on the value of the product plus freight and other costs, high-value goods such as luxury items are particularly sensitive to these logistics factors.

Logistics Technology and Startup Roundup: Q1 2016

Freightos

Logistics Technology Updates: Q1 2016. Overview | Industry Research | Tech Giants | Logistics | On-Demand | On-Demand Food. Ongoing investments in the logistics sector continued strong in Q1 2016, following the investment of $1.5 Dropping logistics sector profitability. Ongoing efforts by tech giants to increase stake in global logistics. Continued interest in drone fulfillment and alternative logistics opportunities. Logistics.

Podcast: VC Brian Aoaeh on the Future of Supply Chain Investment

Requis

I did an update on that piece in 2017, and then did a deep dive on shipping. For example, someone would be presenting on a problem in shipping, and someone in commercial real estate would say, ‘Oh my god we have the exact same problem. Being a supply chain fund (supply chain management, supply chain logistics, supply chain finance) is something we do across industries. Waste from plastics is a big issue for the circular economy, as is waste in fashion and apparel.

Amazon Takes On the Fashion Supply Chain

Elementum

The e-commerce giant recently launched 1,800 fashion products, under seven trademarked brand names, ranging from men's suits to children's apparel to women's clothing. It has been selling apparel since 2002, and has slowly been making further in-roads to the fashion industry. billion worth of apparel. Add in the fact that Amazon will launch its own delivery and logistics business that will compete with Alibaba, FedEx, DHL, and UPS.

Omni-Channel Supply Chains Are Changing Everything You Ever Learned in School…

Supply Chain View from the Field

But the sales person tells you, “I can find you a small at the store in Phoenix Arizona, and will have them ship it to you free of charge…you should get it in two days.” The sales person who wants that commission is happy – but the one in Phoenix who has to ship what is perhaps the last small shirt in the store, loses on that potential sale. This works well in the Apple store, but can be complicated for apparel.

Reimagine Supply Chain of the Future – agile, resilient, and balanced – LogiSYM July 2020

The Logistics & Supply Chain Management Society

Zara has become Europe’s most profitable apparel brands by building agility end to end in their supply chains. Let me start with a quote from a great leader!!

The Tenuous Supply Chain of Your Returned Gifts

Elementum

Americans send back more than $260B in goods each year according to data provided by Optoro, a logistics company helping retailers handle the reverse supply chain of returned goods. Last year UPS alone predicted that it would ship 5 million packages back to retailers in the first week of January. Free return shipping offered by most companies means consumers can make low-stakes purchasing decisions from the comfort of home.

Need Last-Minute Holiday Fulfillment? Get Started Quickly With a 3PL

ShipBob

Logistics is no exception. If you find yourself in the position of looking for immediate help fulfilling your customers’ orders, you may come across a plethora of third-party logistics ( 3PL ) providers. Previously, she found herself spending all her time on fulfillment while on vacation, constantly checking on new orders, finding wifi to print labels, and shipping inventory out of the back of her car. Offer fast shipping. Not everything always goes according to plan.

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Seven Signs Your Retail Business Needs an Omni-channel Makeover

Supply Chain Network

Not since the advent of price tags , cash registers and the ubiquitous apparel hanger has there been a retail industry innovation poised to create such major change. Such a situation is especially frustrating in apparel where someone will see a garment online and then go to the store to try on only to find the item is not carried in store. Exception to this of course would be drop shipped items which are coming direct from vendors to consumer and oould never be stocked in store.