Amazon supply chain management pushes retail to the limit

The 21st Century Supply Chain

When it comes to supply chain excellence, particularly in the retail sector, there is one behemoth dominating the landscape: Amazon. The online retailer’s most recent patent focuses on drone technology, and would involve drones delivering packages with parachutes.

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Retailers’ Advantage Over Amazon

The Network Effect

Bowman at Supply Chain Brain has an interesting article on how retailers can take on Amazon, by using the one thing they have in their favor that Amazon lacks. That dependency might now be on the verge of eroding… —– Read the full article: How Retailers Can Meet the Challenge of Amazon. The post Retailers’ Advantage Over Amazon appeared first on The Network Effect. Retail amazon bricks and mortar retail strategy titansRobert J.

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Us vs. Them: Retailer-Supplier Collaboration

The 21st Century Supply Chain

by Alexa Cheater A strong retailer-supplier connection can provide big benefits for retailers, suppliers, and even the end customer, but how does one go from a perfunctory partnership to a more intimate relationship that allows for things like common goal setting and joint improvement strategies?

5 Reasons Cross-docking is Changing Retail Warehousing

Ryder Exchange

As retailers see increased store traffic on nights and weekends, smaller on-site inventory storage capacity, and greater competition from e-commerce and online retailers, more are viewing cross-docking as a strategic imperative.

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The Future of the Omnichannel Retail Supply Chain

The Network Effect

Jim Tompkins, CEO, Tompkins International, discusses the importance of a consumer-driven supply chain in terms of the biggest threats and opportunities to retailers today. And unfortunately, retailers need to work on several of those.

Omni-Channel Retailers Supply Chain Survival Plan

Logility

Omni-channel retailers must be able to leverage their inventory and supply chain visibility more intelligently, or risk being swamped by these “new world orders.” ” (see Retail TouchPoints white paper: Develop an Omni-Channel Competitive Advantage ).

Global Trade Networks Create a Single Version of the Truth for Retailers

Talking Logistics

Drop shipping is becoming more and more popular among retailers as the “Amazon effect” creates intense pressure from customers for quick delivery. Retailers are willing to take the risk associated with releasing the inventory management and fulfilment process so product moves faster. Drop ship offers the retailer the ability to offset an extended product offering without having the space to store it.

Shoes of Prey Presents Prescriptive Analytics at Retail Supply Chain Summit

River Logic

At this year's Annual Online Retail Supply Chain Summit, held in Melbourne, Australia, River Logic's customer Shoes of Prey gave a keynote entitled "Overcoming key supply chain challenges to meet customer fulfillment." Presented by Chris McCallum, Chief Operating Officer at Shoes of Prey , the keynote focused on three topics: Prescriptive Analytics Customers Retail

Click-and-Collect Growing Retail Trend

Material Handling & Logistics

Almost half of all Americans purchased goods through the click-and-collect model for the first time in 2016, and the practice is expected to continue to climb. read more. Global Supply Chain Transportation & Distribution News

Why “Distributed Order Management” is a top retail trend and why you should care

The Network Effect

Today I want to talk about an important concept in retail–Distributed Order Management (“DOM”). However delivering a seamless customer experience is a challenge for most retailers. Retail SaaS Supply Chain Management Supply Chain Planning cloud retail

Retailers Eliminate Supply Chain Silos To Achieve Omnichannel

Loftware

There has been a growing push among omnichannel retailers to improve their supply chain management practices. Supply Chain Retail

The Future of Omnichannel Retail Supply Chain

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

Blog Consumer Products RetailDuring recent select interviews with Target, Home Depot, Birchbox, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, DSW, and Tompkins International.

Retail: Delivering on Promises

Supply Chain Link

Although inventory levels can cause many unpredictable challenges for retailers, it is also the one thing that connects them to their customers. Therefore, retailers have to be agile and. Distribution Supply Chain Transportation 3pl Cross-Border Dedicated Fleets Retail Warehousing

What are the benefits of distributed order management for retailers?

The Network Effect

” Today I want to give you an example about how DOM makes sense for retailers. Given that retail is in a constant battle to improve margins in the face of stagnant pricing, many retailers have aggressively cut back on inventory levels to save on carrying costs and obsolescence.

Retail Supply Chains in Canada are going ‘green’

Ryder Exchange

With rising fuel costs and customer expectations for retailers to be ‘green’ increasing, it’s becoming more important for retail supply chains to keep pace to win customers in the competitive retail environment. Retail Supply Chain

Teaching Case – Zara: The World’s Largest Fashion Retailer

SCM Research

This year’s winning case in the Production and Operations Management category is closely related to supply chain management: Zara: The World’s Largest Fashion Retailer , written by Kasra Ferdows, Jose A.D. The Case Centre has recently selected the winners of their 2017 Awards and Competitions.

Largest Retailers Hit Hard This Holiday Season by Online Purchasing

Material Handling & Logistics

With sales slipping, traditional retailers will have to develop their online offerings -- something that will put pressure on already thin margins. Bloomberg.

Retailers Begin to Position Online Shipping Practices

Supply Chain Matters

Omni-Channel Commerce Supply Chain Impacts Online Customer Fulfillment Retail Supply Chain intelligent fulfillment Supply chain Matters blogWe close out a very busy week with some updates relative to previous supply chain management and industry developments highlighted in prior Supply Chain Matters postings.

Why Individual Retail Stores Shouldn’t Order Their Own Inventory

ToolsGroup

But with today’s product proliferation and demand complexity—including now often the need to operate as a satellite fulfillment center for orders rung up online—it’s more difficult for individual retail sites to create accurate forecasts and optimize their inventory and replenishment process.

E-Commerce Supply Chain Advice From Top Retailers

CHAINalytics

The post E-Commerce Supply Chain Advice From Top Retailers appeared first on Chainalytics. Blog Service Supply Chain Supply Chain Design Supply Chain Operations Transportation What's New Americas Ecommerce Georgia Logistics Summit Irv Grossman Omnichannel Retail Supply Chain

Pharma companies will increasingly take cues from retail and consumer goods….why?

The Network Effect

Thus, using retail and consumer goods as a guide, we can expect that companies will tailor the mode of transportation, warehousing and depth of distribution in each country for different pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Retail Logistics: When Fast Isn't Fast Enough

Inbound Logistics

This story looks at some recent trends affecting retail supply chains, including demand for speed and flexibility, ongoing emphasis on omnichannel marketing, and globalization

The Implications of Online Omni-Channel Retail Invokes Additional Consequences and Actions

Supply Chain Matters

In August of 2016, this blog’s parent, The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group, published a research advisory titled: The Beginning of a New Phase of Online and Omni-Channel Fulfillment for B2C and Retail Supply Chains. The prime takeaways from that advisory was that 2016 marked the beginning of the newest phase of B2C online retail […].

The Role 3PLs and Value-Added Services Play in an Omni-Channel Retail Supply Chain

Logistics Viewpoints

In our world of technological innovation, the pressure to provide consumers with faster and more efficient levels of service is mounting, and retail manufacturers are feeling the impact.

How Adding Ship-from-Store to an Omni-channel Strategy Changes the Retail Network

Talking Logistics

Omni-channel retailers today require agility in order to compete and thrive. When it comes to adapting the retail network for an omni-channel approach, a focus on the customer is essential. In addition, shoppers expect retailers to have products they want when it comes to brand, size, style and color. At the end of any season, product becomes scarce in a retailer’s network. Retailers need to determine how much extra work it will cause for associates.

Why the West Coast Ports Labor Dispute Matters to Retailers

The Network Effect

Retailers are paying close attention to labor disputes threatening to bring a stop to imports coming in to West Coast ports. Retailers rely heavily on these ports for imported goods coming in from Asia. While it is true that retailers still rely heavily on the U.S.

Editor’s Pick: The Ideal Inventory Optimization Approach for Omni-channel Retailers

Talking Logistics

Is there anything better for delighting customers than robust omni-channel retail experiences? Editor's Pick Retail Trends Supply Chain & Logistics Trends inventory optimization Manhattan Associates omni-channel Retail SuperconsumerNote: Today’s post is part of our “ Editor’s Pick ” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide practical knowledge and advice on timely and important supply chain and logistics topics.

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Case YNAP: Why the world’s leading online luxury retailer chose RELEX’s retail planning system

RELEX Solutions

Case YNAP: Why the world’s leading online luxury retailer chose RELEX’s retail planning system. World’s leading online luxury fashion retailer. To continue to provide the best experience to its customers worldwide and scale its operations efficiently, YNAP selected RELEX Solutions as a strategic partner for its retail and supply chain planning solutions. YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP is the world’s leading online luxury fashion retailer. Retail Case Study ynap

eCommerce Continues To Drive Retail Supply Chain Transformation

Creating Supply Chain Excellence

The growth of eCommerce, the evolution of consumer expectations, and the globalization of eCommerce have resulted in many changes in the requirements of retail supply chains. The post eCommerce Continues To Drive Retail Supply Chain Transformation appeared first on Tompkins International. Blog 3PL Consumer Products Retail

How Logistics Must Change to Meet Holiday Retail Needs

Material Handling & Logistics

Expectations surrounding e-commerce sales have changed and are now part of the logistic equation. read more. Global Supply Chain Technology & Automation Transportation & Distribution News

Omnichannel Retail Q&A from the 2015 Supply Chain Leadership Forum

The Network Effect

Jim Tompkins: Even if the correct definition of Omnichannel was: “A retailer connecting with consumers anyway, anytime, and anywhere” the supply chain professional would still need to engage in Omnichannel as the supply chain is the vehicle to enable the anyway, anytime, and anywhere.

E-Commerce and Supply Chain Management Skills Driving Retail Industry Talent Needs

Supply Chain Matters

In the spirit of passing along career tips to our millennial generation readers, we call attention to a recent report of recruiting trends in the fashion retail industry. The Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported on current retail industry recruiting trends which reflect much of what our consultancy has advocated for some time, namely those efforts to […].

Small is the new big: Millennials & the future of retail

Quintiq

In the past decade, physical stores have been facing increased competition from online retailers catering to Millennials. trillion annually and represent 30 percent of total retail sales” ( source ). Here are five smart ways retailers can engage Millennials on a personal level: 1.

Recasting the Retail Supply Chain

Supply Chain Nation

A question that begs to be asked is – might it then be possible and also about time, that a reinvigorated attempt is made to apply similar principles to the retail supply chain?

Post-Holiday Retail Returns

Supply Chain Link

Retail product returns are a crucial component in developing the relationship between a retailer and consumer. The return process is at the top of the priority list for retailers to build long-term relationships and establish loyalty.

2015 Retail Supply Chain Predictions

Kewill

As the hysteria of Cyber Week and the holiday rush subsides, we’re taking the time to look ahead to what 2015 will bring for the retail supply chain. Here are Kewill’s retail supply chain predictions for 2015, based on what we’re seeing from our customers globally. We can already see retailers starting to impose a higher minimum spend to qualify for free shipping and we expect this to become more widespread.

Take a Retail Test Drive at NRF

Supply Chain Nation

At NRF Retail’s BIG Show in New York City on January 17-19, 2016, JDA will be offering test drives of another totally different and exciting technology designed to please retail’s new boss—the consumer. in our booth (#2817) at NRF Retail’s BIG Show. Featured Retail

Is Black Friday Already Over for Some Retailers?

Supply Chain Network

JDA’s 2015 Consumer Survey Reveals 50% Of Shoppers Who Experienced A Previous Issue With A Retailer Have No Plans To Return For Black Friday Or Cyber Monday Deals, And No Deal Will Change Their Minds. Retailers who fail to meet customer needs lose out during peak shopping seasons.

The War Against Returns – Is the Retail Supply Chain Winning?

Kewill

After another record-breaking festive season, with double-digit ecommerce growth and mobile commerce growth into three digits for developed economies, and even higher where ecommerce is less established, it’s easy to forget about the impact of returns on the retail supply chain. As online and mobile sales grow exponentially, so do returns, and the headache (and cost) of dealing with them, for retailers , their suppliers and their logistics partners. .

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Is the Retail Apocalypse Just Around the Corner?

Supply Chain Nation

This week: There are differing opinions on the future of retail; omni-channel still has some bugs to work out; and a southeastern U.S. Retail may just need a facelift. The retail industry, which represents $5 trillion in economic impact, has changed significantly over the past several years. More than 100,000 retail workers have lost their jobs since October 2016. Read more in Michael Cappetta’s NBC News article, Retail Wreck?