The $4,000 Transportation Question

Talking Logistics

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is part of a new series we’re launching called “Practitioner Perspectives” — commentaries written by supply chain and logistics practitioners from manufacturing and retail companies who want to share their insights and advice on industry trends and topics. The $4,000 Transportation Question. Which brings me to the title of this post, the $4,000 transportation question. Transportation Management transportation

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.

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.

Deliver On-Time and In-Full with a Retail Consolidation Program

Talking Logistics

The pace of change in today’s retail environment is faster than ever. E-commerce and shifting, more demanding consumer behaviors have led retailers to tighten requirements for shippers across the board. Penalties for late or partial shipments are steep and can make or break a shipper’s relationship with a retailer. Shippers can mitigate this challenge with a retail consolidation program. So what is a retail consolidation program? Retail consolidation programs.

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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.

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.

[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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Omni-Channel’s Ripple Effect on Transportation

Logistics Viewpoints

When Transportation Optimization and New Shopping Behaviors Collide One needs to go back to the early 2000s to see green shoots of modern omni-channel retail. While web-based e-commerce began in the late 90s, consumer and retailer appetites didn’t get whetted for omni-channel experiences until the early part of the last decade.

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.

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.

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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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

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.

Global Transportation and Logistics Services Providers DSV and Panalpina to Merge

Supply Chain Matters

Maersk has pinned future growth on both integrated surface transportation and logistics services coupled with integration and digital transformation of existing business and operational management processes. .

Surviving the Retail Apocalypse

Enterra Insights

By now, most people are aware of the spate of retailer bankruptcies and store closures referred to in the press as the Retail Apocalypse. “For years now,” writes Ryan Lester, Director of Customer Engagement Technologies at LogMeIn, “traditional retail stores have been under attack. In fact, over 3,800 stores closed in the US in 2018 alone and we saw some of our most cherished and longstanding retail brands close doors forever.”[1]

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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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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.

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.

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.

Deliver On-Time and In-Full with a Retail Consolidation Program

Talking Logistics

The pace of change in today’s retail environment is faster than ever. E-commerce and shifting, more demanding consumer behaviors have led retailers to tighten requirements for shippers across the board. Penalties for late or partial shipments are steep and can make or break a shipper’s relationship with a retailer. Shippers can mitigate this challenge with a retail consolidation program. So what is a retail consolidation program? Retail consolidation programs.

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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.

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.

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, […].

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.

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.

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.

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?

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?

Mobile Technology in Transportation Management & The Future Impact on the Supply Chain

Cerasis

However, mobile technology is not new to the transportation world. For mobile technology and transport, the theoretical tipping point is in our rearview mirror. Mobile Technology in Transportation Management Impacts all Points Along the Supply Chain.

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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