Another Optimistic Forecast for 2019 U.S. Retail Sales

Supply Chain Matters

The National Retail Federation is forecasting that U.S. retail sales for 2019 will increase between 3.9 Retail industry customer fulfillment and supply chain management teams should likely be preparing for another active year but with contingency planning in-place. retail sales.

How digitalization ensures survival in physical retail

Quintiq

Experts say that every second physical retailer is expected to shut down within the next 15 years. It’s no surprise then that customer expectations have risen steadily, and with them, the complexity of the retail sector. Customer loyalty is the decisive factor for physical retailers.

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Logistics Consolidation: Trends Arising From Consolidation of the Logistics Industry

Cerasis

Logistics consolidation will have a resounding effect on the industry in 2019. Logistics consolidation is a fancy way of describing the transition of shipping modes to accommodate available capacity. As a result of logistics consolidation. E-Commerce Logistics Freight Logistics

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Which Industries Will Demand Greater Logistics Capabilities in 2019

Cerasis

economy, regardless of the slight shakeup at the end of 2018, alludes to a year in which logistics capabilities will expand. Consider these industries and areas of the economy where logistics capabilities will expand throughout 2019. Strong growth in the U.S.

Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

in Predictive Logistics ClearMetal Inc. ability to harness this data and efficiently execute global logistics remains challenging. final delivery, and from raw materials to retail store. logistics has remained elusive. Predictive Logistics is.

The Blurring Line Between Retail and Logistics

Elementum

That’s probably why some of the biggest companies in the world are moving beyond retail to establish their own logistics task forces. From Amazon to FedEx, the line between e-commerce retailer and logistics provider is blurring. How E-Commerce Brought Logistics From a Back-End Function to an Operational Powerhouse. Logistics has always been vital to the customer experience. These benefits haven’t escaped online retailers.

Reinventing Retail in a Multichannel World

Supply Chain @ MIT

The liquidation woes of Sears Holdings, owner of iconic retailer Sears and Kmart, underscore the dramatic decline in bricks-and-mortar retailing in the face of booming e-commerce sales and shifting consumer buying patterns.

Emerging Trends to Embrace for Retail Supply Chain Leaders

Supply Chain Network

I think this is an excellent opportunity to reflect on some key emerging retail supply chain trends to get everyone’s juices flowing again. My goal is to dig a bit deeper to get at 3 real foundational changes needed to transform your retail supply chains and brand businesses.

Why Mastering E-Commerce Shipping Strategies Will Help Retailers Avoid the “Retail Apocalypse”

Cerasis

The retail apocalypse has received plenty of attention over the past three years. Brick-and-mortar stores that understand the invaluable role of e-commerce in relation to omnichannel supply chain success can help retailers avoid the retail apocalypse. In a sense, the retail apocalypse, which some believe is all hype and not fact, is about comparing apples to oranges. An Effective E-Commerce Shipping Strategy Mitigates Losses From the “Retail Apocalypse.”

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The Blurring Line Between Retail and Logistics

Elementum

That’s probably why some of the biggest companies in the world are moving beyond retail to establish their own logistics task forces. From Amazon to FedEx, the line between e-commerce retailer and logistics provider is blurring. How E-Commerce Brought Logistics From a Back-End Function to an Operational Powerhouse. Logistics has always been vital to the customer experience. These benefits haven’t escaped online retailers.

End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

Retailers and manufacturers. of that journey is the port, when actually, for the retailer, it's their distr ibution center. ClearMet al | Solving the Data Problem in Supply Chain Transformation ClearMetal is a predictive logistics company that uses AI to enable supply.

Retail supply chain management and the rise of fast fashion

Kinaxis

However, when it comes to the efficiency of today’s retail supply chain management techniques, controversy is replaced by admiration as international clothiers boast operations efficient enough to accurately anticipate demand in one of the world’s most rapidly changing industries.

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In Modern Retail Supply Chains, Visibility Matters

Loftware

What can make the retail supply chain quick and visible? Consumer Products Retail Labeling Track & Traceability Logistics

So, what does sustainability in retail actually look like?

Quintiq

To do so, I want to explain the ‘how’ behind some of the sustainability efforts I’ve seen in the retail industry recently, and hopefully embolden other companies to engage in similar efforts. Now, let’s dig into the details of the ‘how’ behind sustainability improvements in the retail space.

Smarter Inventory Management Will be One of the Key Competencies for Retailers in the Coming Year

Supply Chain Matters

While the nation’s retailers gather in New York City this week to attend the National Retail Federation’s 2019 Annual Conference, the Supply Chain Matters blog declares that inventory management will be one of the key competencies for retailers this year.

Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

The first challenge all shippers, including retailers, manufacturers, and 3PLs. Supply chain and logistics people spend. Today when supply chain and logistics teams are tasked.

When Retailers Face Recalls, Visibility Matters

Loftware

The complex, high-pressure nature of recalls demands unparalleled retail visibility. Supply Chain Retail Transportation & Logistics Track & Traceability

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The Kickoff of NRF 2018 and the Future of Retail

Supply Chain Matters

The National Retail Federation’s Annual Conference, NRF 2018, kicks-off this weekend and runs until Tuesday. Unlike last year, this year’s gathering should provide a far more optimistic perspective regarding the future of retail from a merchandising, online technology, and supply chain capability perspective.

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Matrix Retail: The Logistics of Customer Experience

Supply Chain Network

At a previous NRF Shop.org Summit I saw a keynote address by Jamie Nordstrom on trends he saw coming in the online retail business. Beyond this enhanced enablement, successful shopping environments of the future will need to be more logistics friendly.

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Digital Inventory Management Key Battleground in Transformation of Brick-and-Mortar Retail

Cerasis

Although e-commerce represents 10 percent of total retail sales, it has had an interesting effect. It catalyzed brick-and-mortar retailers to offer online shopping opportunities, which require much more than manual inventory management practices.

Bad Retail is Dead — Long Live Retail

Enterra Insights

Brick-and-mortar retailers continue to declare bankruptcy at an alarming rate. Ben Unglesbee ( @Ben_RetailDive ) and Cara Salpini ( @CaraSalpini ) bluntly write, “Last year was a dismal one for certain retailers. Those ‘certain’ retailers include ones with a lot of debt, that depend on malls and whose business is especially susceptible to the explosion of Amazon online and off-price sellers in the physical world. Bad retail is dead.”[2].

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Amazon’s Assault on Direct Logistics and Transportation Services Becoming Far More Evident

Supply Chain Matters

More evidence surfaces indicating that Amazon is phasing-in integrated logistics and last-mile fulfillment capabilities that will challenge current industry practices. Make no mistake that Amazon will indeed serve as a continued logistics and transportation industry disruptor.

Optimizing logistics: One wild ride

Quintiq

In logistics, everyone has a plan. Some logistics professionals, though, ride the supply chain like a bucking bronco – hanging on for dear life, taking different twists and turns to avoid potential disaster when something goes wrong, and being proud that they made it through another day.

This Week in Logistics News (June 18-22, 2018)

Talking Logistics

Shifting gears, here’s the supply chain and logistics news that caught my attention this week: CVS Adds Home Delivery With Help From Post Office (WSJ – sub. Nestlé and XPO Logistics Build a Digital Warehouse of the Future in the UK.

Three Key Trends In Logistics E-Commerce

Cerasis

With the increase in the popularity of e-shops and delivery companies, the logistics e-commerce business keeps growing. It faces more and more challenges, as the customers need companies to be quick and increase their logistics performance more than ever before. E-Commerce Logistics

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Retail Internet Convergence

The Logistics of Logistics

Retail Internet Convergence is the explosive arrival and growth of mobile commerce that will have a significant impact on the way businesses are managed in the future, from revenue and logistics to the supply chain and bottom line. Keeping Logistics in Step with the Speed of Mobile.

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The Christmas Retail Checklist – Get Your Store Prepared! (Infographic)

Supply Chain Game Changer

Check out Innovations in Offline Retail! Now that 2018’s record-breaking Black Friday is behind us, retailers small and large must place their focus over the coming weeks on preparing for the Holiday shopping season. Check out The Hidden Complexity in the Retail Supply Chain!

The New Retail Reality:              E-commerce Series (Part 1)

C3 Solutions

How does the 'Amazon effect' play out for traditional 'bricks and mortar' retailers?

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Amazon’s Assault on Direct Logistics and Transportation Services Far More Visible

Supply Chain Matters

More evidence surfaces indicating that Amazon is phasing-in integrated logistics and last-mile fulfillment capabilities that will challenge current industry practices. Make no mistake that Amazon will indeed serve as a continued logistics and transportation industry disruptor.

Remain Cautious of Overly Optimistic Retail Sales Forecasts Regarding the Coming Holiday Fulfillment Quarter

Supply Chain Matters

Last week the National Retail Federation (NRF) issued its annual forecast concerning holiday related spending which painted a very optimistic picture regarding the upcoming holiday sales period. We advise B2C and B2B retail planning teams to be very cautious and diligent regarding the applicability of such data. Actual retail sales activity pegged to each channel, […].

This Week in Logistics News (January 28 – February 1, 2019)

Talking Logistics

I was in Orlando, Florida this week moderating workshops for a logistics service provider client. req’d) New Job for Robots: Taking Stock for Retailers (WSJ – sub.

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

Cerasis

Despite some struggles, retail as a whole had a solid 2017, as total sales reached $3.5 Retailers & Shippers Chasing the Amazon Effect It seems that every online retailer is chasing Amazon, or rather, is being chased by Amazon.

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Solving Final Mile Logistics and Earning Customer Loyalty

Talking Logistics

All who think about logistics understand there is no such thing as free delivery but the customer-facing message is there will be no charge for delivery if they meet certain criteria such as: amount of purchase; type of delivery (e.g.

Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: The Importance of Real-Time Inventory Visibility

Talking Logistics

Source: “Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: Top 5 Inventory Insights,” Adelante SCM & LEGACY SCS. Source: “Omni-Channel Logistics Leaders: Top 5 Inventory Insights,” Adelante SCM & LEGACY SCS.

9 Retail & Logistics Trends to Watch in 2018

FLEXE

One thing is for sure: 2017 was a big year for the retail and supply chain industries. The way we consume has fundamentally changed and it’s up to retailers and brands to make the necessary innovations to keep up (with Amazon). Retailers and brands take eCommerce into their own hands.

5 Podcasts for Supply Chain and Logistics Professionals

Cerasis

These podcasts bring the latest news and thought leadership in the supply chain and logistics industries right to your earbuds. If you’re looking to increase your podcast listening , here are five that highlight topics of interest to supply chain and logistics professionals.