Newsletter | April 10, 2019

04.10.19 -- Retail Isn't Doomed, But A Tectonic Shift Is Under Way

Retail Supply Chain Insights
Is Retail Out Of The Woods With Store Closings?
Guest Column | By Keith Jelinek, Rick Maicki, Rich Vitaro, and Christopher Ventry; Berkeley Research Group

The continuing evolution of shoppers creates new demands on retailers that impact all aspects of the business, from stores to backstage operations to information technology and supply chain capabilities — including home delivery. The disruption continues to drive concern with investors, creditors, industry analysts, and — most of all — companies themselves.

Why Isn’t Retail High-Tech?
Guest Column | By Justin Patton, The Auburn University RFID Lab

Ask most retail store employees today what’s the most high-tech equipment they use in their jobs on a regular basis, and they’ll probably tell you it’s their handheld bar code scanner, technology widely adopted and reliably deployed since 1982 — the same year the Commodore 64 was released. This is not an industry that quickly embraces new gadgets.

Retail Isn’t Doomed, But A Tectonic Shift Is Under Way
Article | By Breanna Brown, APG Cash Drawer, LLC

Online shopping has put tremendous pressure on brick-and-mortar retailers, causing large numbers of locations to go out of business. But lest anyone think retail is shrinking, the opposite is actually true.

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How Crowdsourced Delivery Will Change The Game For Retailers
Guest Column | By Valerie Metzker, Roadie

Historically, retailers have turned to employees or contractors to handle delivery across the supply chain. But that trend may end, or at the very least, be subsidized with a new type of home delivery service: crowdsourced shipping.

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