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  • Reduce Holiday Supply Chain Headaches With Spend Analytics
    Reduce Holiday Supply Chain Headaches With Spend Analytics

    ‘Tis the season when supply chains are under pressure to meet customer demands and to keep internal business procedures running smoothly. Companies not optimizing their holiday supply chain and procurement processes are subject to risk. Disruptions, unpredictable demand, increased customer service expectations, and the need for faster communication between buyers and suppliers have made maintaining a robust and efficient supply chain a necessity.

  • Is My High Product Return Rate Due To Incorrect Product Information?
    Is My High Product Return Rate Due To Incorrect Product Information?

    Product Returns have become an accepted part of the shopping process for those retailers who have an established a digital presence, representing at least 30% of all the products ordered online. As a shopper, this sounds pretty reasonable if we take into consideration the need to try and test what we buy, but perhaps retailers can do more to reduce this rate. In comparison, only 8.89% of goods bought in brick-and-mortar shops have been returned during the last year.

  • Why Grocers And Grocery Wholesalers Should Use EDI
    Why Grocers And Grocery Wholesalers Should Use EDI

    In the history of grocery operations, electronic data interchange (EDI) may have been one of the game changing developments in the last 30 years. Of course, we’re a little biased, but we’ve seen how EDI has greatly improved back office efficiency, helped operations reduce unnecessary staffing levels, helped reduce the number of errors and even cut down on late payments for suppliers.

  • How Retailers Can Win Amazon Customers Back

    Amazon is currently dominating the online shopping experience, but here’s what retailers can do to keep customers loyal.

  • How Retailers Can Prepare To Work With Large Suppliers

    Retailers who want to work with large suppliers like Nike, Adidas, or other international brands may have their work cut out for them before they even get started. For one thing, retailers of almost any size may find they’re the ones being told what to do to a degree.

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  • 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?

  • 3 Ways To Save Millions On Transit Packaging

    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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  • Omnichannel Packaging - Time To Make The Change
    Omnichannel Packaging - Time To Make The Change

    You can’t throw a stone without hitting another article about how ecommerce is affecting retail.  But one topic that seems to be underserved is how products are actually being shipped once your customer selects it via your multi-modal omnichannel delivery drone.  The reality is, the experience of how a package is received matters for consumers, not to mention Dim Weight price increases, the speed of ecommerce growth, and generally tough competitive times.  You can hardly afford to overlook the opportunity to optimize the packaging your product ships in.

  • 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. However, 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.

  • 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, often 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.

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