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  • Introducing The Retail Solutions Network
    Introducing The Retail Solutions Network

    We’re proud to introduce The Retail Solutions Network, a collection of robust, data-rich resources designed to help retailers become an indispensable part of their customers’ lives by delivering the personal experiences that constantly exceed expectations. Comprised of print and digital media, The Retail Solutions Network aids every member of the retail enterprise from the corner office to the store floor.

RETAIL SUPPLY CHAIN GUEST CONTRIBUTORS

  • Retailer Myth:  Drop Tests Mean No Transit Damage
    Retailer Myth: Drop Tests Mean No Transit Damage

    As a retailer, if you’re thinking about preventing product damage given the rigorous demands of ocean and parcel shipping, you are probably thinking about test protocols that inform your design specifications.  But don’t be lured into thinking a positive test result is the silver bullet to ensure your product is fully protected from damage.

  • The Brave New World Of Autonomous Transportation
    The Brave New World Of Autonomous Transportation

    The mere mention of autonomous transportation still evokes images from sci-fi movies for some people. But, the reality is that this concept is not pie-in-the-sky talk — it’s really here. And it won’t be long before it’s mainstream. In fact, PwC’s 2017 Commercial Transportation Trends report revealed that 2016 was a breakout year for new technologies in the commercial transport industry, even while many companies still resisted them. Although information systems have been disrupting carrier operations and logistics for years with mapping, GPS and other driving technologies that help companies respond more quickly to customer shipment demands, autonomous transportation is taking things several steps further.

  • 4 Ways An Integrator Can Make Your Business Automation Experience Better
    4 Ways An Integrator Can Make Your Business Automation Experience Better

    According to the 2015 Manufacturing Report by Illinois-based accounting firm Sikich LLP, 53% of those polled are still using manual processes to measure key performance indicators (KPIs). Eleven percent of survey respondents reported using custom built/legacy applications to monitor their KPIs and only 26% are using an ERP (enterprise resource planning) solution. So, if you’re reading this and your company still isn’t too far down the automation spectrum, it may offer some consolation knowing you’re in good company.

  • Ergonomics: The Overlooked Productivity Stealer In Your Warehouse

    When looking for ways to optimize productivity in a warehouse or DC, oftentimes the emphasis is on time- and labor-saving features and functions of hardware and software with less attention given to ergonomics, which is the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment. Unless your company plans to run a totally automated warehouse, it’s important to look beyond equipment speeds and feeds and consider ergonomic factors, such as equipment design and feel and the workflows employees follow to complete their daily tasks. A few tweaks could make a world of difference not just in productivity, but safety too.

  • The Mobile Payments Landscape Is Shifting Fast. Is Your M-Commerce Strategy Ready?

    Despite a lot of talk about mobile payments over the past decade, we’re still way behind many other countries. Right now, in China, for example, there are entire cities where cash is virtually not used and plastic is being used less and less. A recent article from NPR reported that China did $5.5 trillion through mobile payments last year (about 50 times the amount in the U.S.). India is another country where mobile payments is skyrocketing. Research from Statista projects a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 138.7 percent in India’s mobile payments transaction value between 2017 and 2021, resulting in nearly $2.6 billion (U.S. Dollars).

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RETAIL SUPPLY CHAIN WHITE PAPERS

  • Scalable Value: Defining Packaging Standards For Vendors

    If you asked the stakeholders in your business whether packaging is perceived as an unwanted cost or a value driving innovation, what would they say?

  • Why Thinking Ahead About Transit Packaging Can Save You Millions

    Is this situation familiar? You invest your time and energy developing products for the market, and develop a supply chain model to ensure these new products make it to customers in a timely manner. Then, you invest further in well-crafted brand promises implemented to the finest detail within your style guide. Next, you transfer the whole bundle to the OEM and ask: “when can we start shipping?”. Rarely, up to this point, has any thought been given to transit packaging. Let’s be honest – the feeling is, you have invested all that time in developing the product, how hard can it be to get the package right? Famous last words indeed.

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  • Retailer Myth:  Drop Tests Mean No Transit Damage
    Retailer Myth: Drop Tests Mean No Transit Damage

    As a retailer, if you’re thinking about preventing product damage given the rigorous demands of ocean and parcel shipping, you are probably thinking about test protocols that inform your design specifications.  But don’t be lured into thinking a positive test result is the silver bullet to ensure your product is fully protected from damage.

  • The Brave New World Of Autonomous Transportation
    The Brave New World Of Autonomous Transportation

    The mere mention of autonomous transportation still evokes images from sci-fi movies for some people. But, the reality is that this concept is not pie-in-the-sky talk — it’s really here. And it won’t be long before it’s mainstream. In fact, PwC’s 2017 Commercial Transportation Trends report revealed that 2016 was a breakout year for new technologies in the commercial transport industry, even while many companies still resisted them. Although information systems have been disrupting carrier operations and logistics for years with mapping, GPS and other driving technologies that help companies respond more quickly to customer shipment demands, autonomous transportation is taking things several steps further.

  • 4 Ways An Integrator Can Make Your Business Automation Experience Better
    4 Ways An Integrator Can Make Your Business Automation Experience Better

    According to the 2015 Manufacturing Report by Illinois-based accounting firm Sikich LLP, 53% of those polled are still using manual processes to measure key performance indicators (KPIs). Eleven percent of survey respondents reported using custom built/legacy applications to monitor their KPIs and only 26% are using an ERP (enterprise resource planning) solution. So, if you’re reading this and your company still isn’t too far down the automation spectrum, it may offer some consolation knowing you’re in good company.

  • Ergonomics: The Overlooked Productivity Stealer In Your Warehouse
    Ergonomics: The Overlooked Productivity Stealer In Your Warehouse

    When looking for ways to optimize productivity in a warehouse or DC, oftentimes the emphasis is on time- and labor-saving features and functions of hardware and software with less attention given to ergonomics, which is the study of people’s efficiency in their working environment. Unless your company plans to run a totally automated warehouse, it’s important to look beyond equipment speeds and feeds and consider ergonomic factors, such as equipment design and feel and the workflows employees follow to complete their daily tasks. A few tweaks could make a world of difference not just in productivity, but safety too.

  • The Mobile Payments Landscape Is Shifting Fast. Is Your M-Commerce Strategy Ready?
    The Mobile Payments Landscape Is Shifting Fast. Is Your M-Commerce Strategy Ready?

    Despite a lot of talk about mobile payments over the past decade, we’re still way behind many other countries. Right now, in China, for example, there are entire cities where cash is virtually not used and plastic is being used less and less. A recent article from NPR reported that China did $5.5 trillion through mobile payments last year (about 50 times the amount in the U.S.). India is another country where mobile payments is skyrocketing. Research from Statista projects a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 138.7 percent in India’s mobile payments transaction value between 2017 and 2021, resulting in nearly $2.6 billion (U.S. Dollars).

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