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.

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.

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

Supply Chain Matters

Last week, Amazon lobbed another grenade across the parcel logistics and transportation industry with the announcement of the expansion of Amazon Shipping. Make no mistake that Amazon will indeed serve as a continued logistics and transportation industry disruptor.

September Transportation News Recap

PLS Logistics

Here is a quick summary of some of the most talked about transportation, supply chain and logistics topics from September 2015: Diesel Prices Fluctuating. The US average retail diesel price dropped 4.7 Transportation Supply Chain News

End to End Supply Chain Visibility - Solving The Data Problem

stock, and the ability to transport goods on. Retailers and manufacturers. the transportation space, you see a. of that journey is the port, when actually, for the retailer, it's their distr ibution center. 1DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION, END-TO-END VISIBILITY, AND.

ChainLink Research: Agile Retailer - Linking Allocation and Transportation

Logility

We recently wrote a white paper called The Agile Retailer. In it, we examined how allocation practices are changing, especially for fashion retailers. This, de facto, is what separates an agile retailer from others. Only the best retailers survive and thrive.

2019 Transportation Industry Trends

GTG Technology Group

6 Transportation Industry Trends to Look for in 2019. New opportunities in the transportation industry are thriving. Transportation professionals seeking to stay on top of trends in the industry look to implementing these trends. Disruption of Transportation Industry.

[WHITE PAPER] Why Blockchain is Set to Transform Transportation Management

Cerasis

This is a must read for shippers & retailers alike to learn how blockchain can aid in achieving omnichannel supply chain goals! The applications of blockchain technology range from better management of the ELD mandate to improvements in overall transportation management.

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.

Three New Ways Retailers Can Improve Inventory Performance

ToolsGroup

Many retailers consider competing against Amazon their biggest challenge. While the impact of Amazon is real, it is only a thread in the larger retail competition tapestry. Here are three things that retailers can do to align strategy and execution.

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Your Supply Chain Probably Has a Data Problem - Start There

activities involved in the transport of that inventory. The first challenge all shippers, including retailers, manufacturers, and 3PLs.

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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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.

Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Omni-channel is transforming retail transportation’s supply chain and logistics processes. Unfortunately, many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, silo’ed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. But what are some of the unintended consequences retailers are experiencing by jumping in without a plan?

The Transportation Supply Chain: Transportation’s Role in Supply Chain Management to Lower Total Costs

Cerasis

One of the often missing links, however, in supply chain visibility, is transportation management. We call this the transportation supply chain. What is the Transportation Supply Chain? Transportation refers to the movement of product from one location to another as it makes its way from the beginning of a supply chain to the customer’s handle. Any supply chain’s success is closely linked to the appropriate use of transportation.

Removing the 3 Barriers to Building a Predictive Supply Chain

final delivery, and from raw materials to retail store. transport. INSIGHT PAPER: Toppling 2 Major Misconceptions. in Predictive Logistics ClearMetal Inc. Growing Challenges Shippers, carriers, terminal operators, freight forwarders and 3PLs spend millions of dollars and.

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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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.

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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Transportation, Planning, and Omni-Channel Fulfillment

Talking Logistics

But when PwC asked CEOs in a recent survey ( Global Retail and Consumer Goods CEO Survey: The Omni-Channel Fulfillment Imperative ) what areas most needed their additional attention to achieve omni-channel fulfillment, 88 percent said it is their transportation and logistics operations.

10 Reasons to Consider a Transportation Management System (TMS)

The Network Effect

by Nilam Oswal, Software Analyst, SoftwareSuggest.com If your company functions in retail, distribution, manufacturing, e-commerce or third party logistics, chances. The post 10 Reasons to Consider a Transportation Management System (TMS) appeared first on The Network Effect. Logistics Supply Chain Management Transportation Visibility logistics TMS transportation

Amazon Developing Online Fulfillment Programs to Save on Transportation Costs

Supply Chain Matters

In April, Supply Chain Matters highlighted a PwC Omni-channel fulfillment survey that highlighted among other findings that 67 percent of CEO’s believe that the cost to fulfill orders across channels is increasing, and that a near total consensus cited transportation and logistics as a fulfillment capability that needs the most attention.

What Is Last Mile Logistics & Why Are More Shippers Looking at This Transportation Function?

Cerasis

Last mile logistics is among the most misunderstood parts of transportation networks. One of the top challenges is getting products to consumers at the Amazon ask rates, and more retailers are starting to offer deliver-from-store last mile services, including The Home Depot and J.C.

Bad habits in retail supply chain planning

The Network Effect

” This is especially true in the world of retail supply chain planning. It drives capacity planning for the DCs and transportation department. They are a super-progressive Canadian retailer and early adopter of Flowcasting. The People Speak!/Flickr. Flickr.

Omnichannel Retail Strategy: Not just a Buzzword, But a Business Model

Cerasis

An omnichannel retail strategy is the new norm in today’s supply chains. Therefore, an omnichannel retail strategy must become the new standard business model for companies wanting to remain competitive. Use technology to manage warehousing and transportation.

Reality Acknowledged- Amazon is a Transportation and Logistics Provider

Supply Chain Matters

That announcement is that Amazon will soon deploy a set of transportation and logistics services to allow China based manufacturers and sellers to ship their inventories of products […]. If readers have been keeping-up with our prior blog commentaries as well as prior predictions related to Amazon, this week’s announcement should not be of any surprise.

Navigating Ongoing International Transportation Capacity Challenges

Talking Logistics

International transportation is dealing with ongoing challenges of tighter capacity. From import space and export space tightening up and a hot drayage market causing capacity constraints to volatile air freight rates – international transportation has had its share of challenges the last 10-12 months. Driving this was strong imports – especially for retailers. While air freight is another mode of international transportation, it is an expensive option right now.

Elasticity in Transportation Planning Key for Retailers

Supply Chain Collaborator

An article in this week’s Transport Topics detailed the operational challenges facing intermodal shippers in the face of growing economic activity. Here’s some insight into how the struggle is effecting all shippers; but particularly those reliant on imports such as retailers.

E-Commerce and TMS: The Role of Transportation Technology for Shippers to Kill It at E-Commerce

Cerasis

By 2020, the value of B2B e-commerce will surpass $1 trillion, and manufacturers, distributors, retailers, reverse logistics managers, third-party freight brokers and logistics services providers are working to keep up with the trend. E-Commerce Logistics Technology TMS Transportation

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, […].

Improving Transportation in the Real World

Talking Logistics

Ideal transportation operations are difficult to achieve, but an ideal approach to improving transportation in the real world — finding real savings and adding value to other functional areas in the supply chain, or business more broadly — is achievable.

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

Don’t Jump In Without a Plan: Transportation Sourcing in an Omni-channel World

Talking Logistics

Omni-channel is transforming the supply chain and logistics processes of retailers, especially their transportation processes. But many retailers are jumping in without a plan — that is, they are taking a short-term, siloed approach to transportation sourcing and execution, and as a result, are failing to meet their desired outcomes. What are some of the unintended consequences retailers are experiencing by jumping in without a plan?

Transportation Cost Drains

The Logistics of Logistics

Transportation expense can cost 5%-10% of gross revenue and will be going up if not managed effectively.” Transportation cost drains drive up costs. Many companies are experiencing dramatic increases in transportation expense that have turned into cash and quality drains for their organization. Savvy financial managers know transportation cost can cost 5%-10% of gross revenue and will be going up if not managed effectively.

2014 Transportation Resolutions for the New World of Retail

Supply Chain Nation

The world of retail has changed, dramatically. With Amazon on one end of the spectrum and boutique start-up retailers on the other, this puts traditional brick-and-mortar retailers in a challenging position. And where does transportation fit?

China’s Online Retailers Prepare for Upcoming Singles Day Shopping Event

Supply Chain Matters

China’s two dominant online retailers have been making aggressive plans for supporting the world’s largest one-day online shopping holiday in order volumes and revenue. Inventory Management Online Customer Fulfillment Retail Supply Chain Transportation and Logistics Alibaba Cainiao Alibaba supply chain JD.com supply chain initiatives Supply chain Matters blog

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