A New Decade: Give Science A Chance

Supply Chain Shaman

Starting with apparel, let’s compare the two top performers –Nike and VF Corporation. Use data and new metrics systems to free the organization from the ball and chain of corporate politics.

Carter’s: A Story of Supply Chain Leadership

Supply Chain Shaman

Shipping approximately 400 million selling units consisting of 700 million manufactured units per year, Carter’s employs about 4,000 employees at its peak. Over the period of 2009-2015, only 88% of companies made improvement on the Supply Chain Metrics That Matter. (As As a group, these metrics have the highest correlation to market capitalization. As a group, public companies want to make progress to both drive and sustain metrics performance, but they cannot.

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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. Performing packaging studies to ensure that you are using an optimum box mix given your order metrics is always a good idea. He is a leading expert in parcel shipping and pricing practices and has negotiated literally hundreds of parcel agreements from both sides of the table; both carrier and shipper.

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.

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6 Best Practices for eCommerce Warehousing

Cerasis

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. However, the unyielding push toward cheaper products, low shipping costs and faster delivery is making it harder for shippers to operate independently of one another.

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. How did this vast improvement in a key supply chain metric translate into financial performance?

2020 Requires Big Wings and Feet

Supply Chain Shaman

No metric should be measured in isolation, and functional metrics should be replaced with the balanced scorecard metrics shown in Figure 2. To maximize value—price to tangible book, functional metrics need to be reset to focus on reliability. Examples include first pass yield, schedule adherence, hands-free orders, orders shipped complete, and minimization of waste. 5 A Focus on Functional Metrics Throws the Supply Chain Out of Balance.

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!!

Retail Store Location Planning ? Creating Balance, Driving Profit

Logility

Imagine your apparel buyers are convinced yellow maxi coats will be hot next fall. Those two locations may differ across many important metrics: footprint, demographics, seasonality, logistical support, sell-through history, competitive landscape, sales trends, to name a few. More specifically, a planner lays out the merchandise plan by week, by category, by defined business metrics. The fundamental challenge in retail is one of balance.

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How Supply Chain Will be Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Material Handling & Logistics

Hurricane Harvey has struck a significant blow to the Houston, Texas metro area, home to the sixth largest import terminal in the world, as well as all of the shipping lanes in the Gulf Coast area. The Institute for Supply Management conducted a special survey that asked members to assess how Harvey might impact six key business metrics and whether they may be impacted by shortages of input materials due to Harvey. "Our Most Impacted Metrics. Moderately Impacted Metrics.

Transforming Consumer Value Chains: Navigating The Power Shift to the Shopper

Supply Chain Shaman

Note that apparel manufacturing is growing and apparel retail is declining. Traditional supply chains ship cases, pallets and trucks; but not the EACH. With the dawn of eCommerce, companies must now ship the EACH. We how have the endless aisle with the need to ship the EACH. Their processes cannot ship and track the EACH and the outsourcing to third-party logistics is too expensive.

10 COVID-19 Lessons for a Resilient Supply Chain

DynaSys

Examples: Apparel and other general merchandise, home repair, furniture. Your Finance department is minding this metric in particular. A Three Part Article Series from QAD DynaSys – COVID-19 and Resilient Supply Chain.

This Week in Logistics News (January 7-11, 2019)

Talking Logistics

Finds a Faulty Shipping Safety Net for Brexit (WSJ – sub. In related news, Jennifer Smith at the Wall Street Journal reports that “logistics providers and retailers are using mobile robots to cut down on the number of steps workers take and are deploying AI-aided mechanical arms for more nuanced tasks long deemed possible only for human hands, from sorting apparel to learning how to pick up a range of objects.” Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions for 2019?

Will the Downturn Signal an Upturn?

Supply Chain Shaman

Purchases in the center store of the grocery store are in decline, and apparel tastes are shifting. There is more in-transit inventory–sitting on the water in larger ships, in-transit through international sourcing strategies, or work with contract manufacturers–as a result, to avoid inventory write-offs, the foot needs to hit the brake faster. Volatility. Demand redefined. Economic markets plummeting… D aily we see the financial charts roll across the news.

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

Supply Chain View from the Field

To give you an idea of what this is doing, the classic retail metrics, “same store sales” and “sales per square foot”, are no longer being reported by Macy’s department stores. 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.” This works well in the Apple store, but can be complicated for apparel.

Welcome Puff, The Magic Dragon, to Your Team

Supply Chain Shaman

Pirate ships would lower their flag when puff roared out his name oh. My stepson calls them tidy whiteys) Imagine a boring, basic apparel item. Rules, engines, policies and metrics need to align. Remember the Peter, Paul and Mary song, Puff the Magic Dragon ? It was a song from my youth.

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Omni-channel Emerging as Top Retail Logistics Issue

Supply Chain Network

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. Top executives from Lowe’s Home Improvement and Belk Department Stores will discuss how these retailers have learned how to ship e-commerce orders from their stores.

The complete guide to order fulfillment: types, channels, costs & finding the best fit

6 River Systems

Shipping: Not every warehouse deals with shipping directly. If yours does, be sure that you give the shipping company and your customer complete transparency so that all parties can track the parcel from transit point to transit point. These include: Self-fulfillment and shipping: This is the model that is used when all of your movements — manufacturing, inventory storage and warehousing operations — occur on the same site. food or apparel).

Top 25 Supply Chains of 2018

Material Handling and Logistics

The rankings are based on a composite score based on the opinions of Gartner’s analysts; a group of peer voters (mostly supply chain practitioners, professionals and experts; in the interests of full disclosure, I myself am part of the peer panel); some metrics, including return on assets, inventory growth and revenue growth; and a corporate social responsibility (CSR) component score. So the CSR score too is more of a popularity contest than a consistent metric.

Reverse Logistics: Who Does it Well?

Logistics Bureau

From a shipping standpoint, reverse logistics works well when the product being returned is routed directly to the correct location. Reps work with customers to get computers installed and working as required, rather than shipping them back. Increasingly, ecommerce vendors understand the advantage of an easy-to-print, free-of-charge return shipping label for a customer to stick on a box and return by post. Take the hurdles like who pays for the shipping out of the equation.

4 Best-in-Class Supply Chains To Watch and Learn From

Logistics Bureau

Suppliers are measured using factual performance indicators covering pricing, quality, innovation, and reliability , to name but a few of the measurement components included in the “McDonalds Supplier Performance Index,” as the suite of metrics is known. The measurements however, are just a means to an end , with the KPI-driven conversations being considered more important than the actual metrics.

Fast Fashion—Mastering Affordable Distribution in a Flash

FLEXE

Small to mid-size retail and apparel companies can tackle a fast fashion strategy despite the absence of large capital outlays and the scale and volume afforded to other giants like H&M and Nike. The sample is shipped back to the designer and fitting team for approval, changes are made, another sample is shipped and finally it’s approved—sometimes a month later. It takes a week to mass produce the product in China and then two weeks to ship to the U.S.

Fast Fashion—Mastering Affordable Distribution in a Flash

FLEXE

Small to mid-size retail and apparel companies can tackle a fast fashion strategy despite the absence of large capital outlays and the scale and volume afforded to other giants like H&M and Nike. The sample is shipped back to the designer and fitting team for approval, changes are made, another sample is shipped and finally it’s approved—sometimes a month later. It takes a week to mass produce the product in China and then two weeks to ship to the U.S.

Ecommerce Niches: Why Your Ecommerce Business Needs to Find One + 6 Top Niches for 2020

ShipBob

Creepy Co sells apparel with a horror theme. For example, FLEO Shorts grew because of its popular Crossfit shorts, but they were able to leverage their growth to create other types of Crossfit-related apparel. . One potential competitive advantage to look for is delivery speeds as shipping can build loyalty. Fortunately, launching a niche ecommerce business with 2-day shipping can be done by partnering with a third-party logistics (3PL) provider like ShipBob.

Fast Fashion—Mastering Affordable Distribution in a Flash

FLEXE

The sample is shipped back to the designer and fitting team for approval, changes are made, another sample is shipped and finally it’s approved—sometimes a month later. It takes a week to mass produce the product in China and then two weeks to ship to the U.S.