Retail Vendor Performance Management News Round Up for August, 2017

Supply Chain Digest

Walmart Looks to Vendors to Help Fund eCommerce Investments, IBM Signs 10 More Food Companies for Pilot Using Blockchain for Extended Supply Chain Visibility, Robotic Sewing Coming to Arkansas

RFID and AIDC News on Auburn Cuts Ribbon on New RFID Lab Moved there in Spirit Last Year from University of Arkansas

Supply Chain Digest

Amazon Commits to RFID Research at Grand Opening

Breaking: Reports that Wal-Mart to Trim Jobs at Bentonville Headquarters

Supply Chain Matters

Both The Wall Street Journal (paid subscription) and Reuters are today reporting that global retailer Wal-Mart is planning a round of layoffs involving hundreds of workers at its Arkansas corporate headquarters later this week. According to both reports, fewer than 500 employees may be involved. According to the WSJ, HR employees have reserved many meeting […]. Retail Supply Chain Supply chain Matters blog Wal-Mart Wal-Mart business initiatives

Mitigating the Effect of Natural Disasters on Your Supply Chain

Talking Logistics

in mathematics from the University of Arkansas. It has certainly been evident this year that natural disasters can significantly disrupt the supply chain.

De-segregating the supply chain: Lessons learned in the air

The 21st Century Supply Chain

I was traveling from Northwest Arkansas airport (XNA) back home to Washington Reagan (DCA) and this alert put me into panic mode because I had to be at my home office for an important customer call the following day and knew there were limited flights available.

Walmart: 3 Keys to Successful Supply Chain Management any Business Can Follow


The evolution of Walmart’s supply chain includes three elements, according to a 2012 article from Arkansas Business: distribution practices, operating its own fleet of trucks, and technology. Arkansas Business Limited Partnership, July 2, 2012.

Rhode Island Named Bottom State for Infrastructure and Transportation as US Underinvestment Takes Toll


Arkansas. Arkansas. #24. Rhode Island has been given the dubious distinction of being named the worst state in the US for infrastructure by both CNBC and US News , amongst a poor outlook for the US as a whole by the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Walmart Close to $12 Billion-Plus Deal for India’s Leading Ecommerce Company Flipkart

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billion people, and while the Arkansas-based company is the world’s largest retailer, it has struggled against Amazon as consumers migrate to online commerce, India is the next big potential prize after the U.S. The deal, if completed, will give Walmart a substantial foothold in an emerging market of 1.3

Emergency Freight: What Harvey Tells Us About Irma

DAT Solutions

So Atlanta, Charlotte, Memphis and other regional hubs were moving freight to Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma, because Houston couldn't do it. Less than ten days after Hurricane Harvey, trucks are already moving freight out of Houston, with almost the same volume as before the storm.

The Growth of E-Commerce and What It Means for Retail Jobs

Supply Chain Nation

The massive Pickup Towers, located near store entrances, debuted last year in Bentonville, Arkansas, and are now being rolled out to more than a dozen stores in cities across Arizona, Oklahoma, Alabama, Georgia and Virginia. Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date.

Low unemployment is great for everyone, right? (Not so much in logistics…)


The rates in Arkansas (3.4 Unemployment levels are at an all time low. Economists are trumpeting about the economy, and how great this is for everyone. Employers added 228,000 jobs in November, while the unemployment rate remained at a 17-year low of 4.1%, the government reported in December. The report also showed that on average weekly paychecks increased by 3.1% over the last 12-months, the first time that reading has topped 3% in nearly seven years.

Free Zip Zone and KMA Wall Map Available

DAT Solutions

For example, the Memphis KMA includes portions of Western Tennessee, Northern Mississippi, and Northeastern Arkansas. DAT has updated its popular Zip Zone and Key Market Area wall map. It's a common sight on the walls in offices of both brokers and carriers, and it's free for the asking.

Vans and Reefers Have a Friend in California

DAT Solutions

Flatbeds will find loads more easily in Alabama , Arkansas , or Texas.) There's been a shortage of trucks in Arkansas , Mississippi and Alabama , and outbound rates are jumping in Charlotte , Atlanta and Memphis.


Supply Chain Shaman

This week, I travel to Bentonville, Arkansas to facilitate a customer meeting on the use of channel data. Misnomer (n): A wrong name. The misuse of a term or name. Merriam-Webster Dictionary. I am a supply chain gal. I work with many organizations on their supply chain strategies.

Overtime Rules Face Challenges in Courts and Congress

DAT Solutions

The states named in the lawsuit include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin.

What the OTIF Mandate Means for Walmart – and What it Means for You (Part 1)


The Bentonville, Arkansas, based retailer now requires consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies that ship to its distribution centers (DCs) in full truckloads to deliver on-time, in-full (OTIF) 95 percent of the time within a one-day delivery window. What the OTIF Mandate Means for Walmart – and What it Means for You (Part 1). brooke. Wednesday 21 February 2018. Mohit Dubey, Senior Director, Product Marketing, E2open.

What the OTIF Mandate Means for Walmart – and What it Means for You (Part 1)


The Bentonville, Arkansas, based retailer now requires consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies that ship to its distribution centers (DCs) in full truckloads to deliver on-time, in-full (OTIF) 95 percent of the time within a one-day delivery window. What the OTIF Mandate Means for Walmart – and What it Means for You (Part 1). brooke. Wednesday 21 February 2018. Mohit Dubey, Senior Director, Product Marketing, E2open.

7 Traditional Retailers Cashing in on the Subscription Box Craze

Supply Chain Nation

It’s the most ambitious clothing launch in years for the Bentonville, Arkansas-based company, which is trying to shed its just-basics image and become a destination for trendier products from food to home design. Friday in 5 – interesting news bits from around the supply chain horn, served up in one spot to keep you up to date.

This Week in Logistics News (March 30 – April 3, 2015)

Talking Logistics

Deliveries to a “Grab & Go” locker at a store or to a post office will remain free, the Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer said.

Social Networking, TMS, and Mega Trends: My CSCMP Conference Agenda

Talking Logistics

Session Speakers: Terry Esper (Moderator), University of Arkansas. Are you attending the CSCMP Annual Global Conference later this month in Denver? It’s is one of the best conferences in the supply chain and logistics industry to learn and network. The challenge, of course, is choosing which sessions to attend, spread out across twenty-six tracks. Let me help you.

What's Hot and What's Not for Vans in February

DAT Solutions

This week, however, Mississippi has already cooled off and Arkansas is heating up. February is usually one of the slowest months for spot market freight, but demand started to pick up last week. The national average van rate was unchanged, at $1.58 per mile, so maybe that’s the bottom.

3 Cheers for the Spring Freight Season!

DAT Solutions

In that cluster of states east of Texas, the map turned red due to high load-to-truck ratios in Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. Spring has sprung, bringing a long-awaited upward trend in freight volume.and RATES!! For all trailer types!!!

World Cup Plays that Build Winning Supply Chain Teams

Supply Chain @ MIT

Similarly, it was difficult to imagine that the small store that Sam Walton opened in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962, would grow to be the largest company in the world by revenue. The 2014 FIFA World Cup is finally over. If you’re not a soccer fan maybe you’re still wondering what all the fuss was about. But followers of the game (including myself) now have to wait four long years before the next tournament.

Vans Find Freight in the South, as Reefers Head West

DAT Solutions

The Southeast is hot for vans , and the map shows high load-to-truck ratios in Arkansas, Louisiana, Missisippi and Alabama. National average rates fell a few cents for vans and reefers last week, after an end-of-quarter spike in the previous week.

Rates Drift Down for Vans and Reefers in Mid-July Slump

DAT Solutions

If you're looking only at load-to-truck ratios on the map above, you'd be pointing your reefer toward New Mexico or Arkansas right now. Arkansas is always a good bet, but there are a lot more reefer loads available in Texas , California and Illinois.

How to Make Money on "Backhaul Tuesday"

DAT Solutions

This resulted in road closures which impacted major freight markets in Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee during the final week of April which usually sees a spike in demand. Van rates subtracted two cents from the national average on Tuesday, dropping it from $1.71

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[INFOGRAPHIC, REPORT, & INTERACTIVE MAP] The US Manufacturing Workforce & Making it In America


percent, 249,100 jobs), Arkansas (12.9 While US manufacturing has been hit hard by nearly two decades of policy failures that have damaged its international competitiveness, it remains a vital part of the U.S. economy.

Van and Reefer Operators Give Thanks for Rate Increases

DAT Solutions

Florida is up, the Northeast is down, and fresh turkeys are ready to roll out of Arkansas in time for Thanksgiving. Thanks in part to seasonal food items, rates are finally trending back up for vans and reefers.

Harvey and Irma’s Effect on the Logistics Industry

GTG Technology Group

The flooding required organizations to divert loads to facilities in Dallas, Arkansas and Oklahoma, areas not accustomed to processing that level of traffic. How Hurricanes Affect Logistics. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused billions of dollars in property damage.

Reefer Freight Market Still Has a Few Hot Spots

DAT Solutions

Freight volume continued to cool off for reefers last week, but some pockets of high demand remain in New Mexico, Arkansas and the Lower Midwest, as shown in this Hot States Map for the week of July 19-25, 2015, below. July is the in-between season for refrigerated ("reefer") freight.

Sun Belt States are Hot for Seasonal Freight

DAT Solutions

But flatbed load-to-truck ratios are soaring in Alabama and Arkansas. Freight markets are heating up in the Sun Belt. Even though van and flatbed rates lost 1¢ per mile last week as a national average, the underlying trends were strong.

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L’Oréal and suppliers collaborate in cloud-based Control Tower

Supply Chain Movement

L’Oréal piloted the E2Open Control Tower last autumn in its factory in Little Rock, Arkansas with two vendors. L’Oréal, the world’s largest cosmetics group, is in the process of rolling out a sophisticated Control Tower system that is allowing it to synchronise information with all its vendors and thereby respond much faster to market events.

STEM-ulating Education

Enterra Insights

The result: “Massachusetts now has essentially the same math and science standards as Arkansas.” Parents and teachers know it’s hard to compete with all the distractions vying for the attention of today’s school children. Along with backpacks filled with books and electronic devices, children bring a load of other social and familial baggage with them when they enter school doors.