Retail SC Industry Insights

  1. Retail Stores Are Transforming Into Fulfillment Centers
    8/10/2018

    Converting retail stores into mini-fulfillment centers is a more cost-effective way to expand the distribution network using existing facilities that are already close to where customers live.

  2. Agents Or Automation: Here’s What Your Customers Told Us
    7/11/2018

    Customer service has become a key component of the overall customer journey, and more critically, customer lifetime value. Therefore, retailers need to invest in service options to provide choice and convenience to customers.

  3. 8 Must-Haves On Retailers’ Black Friday Shopping List
    7/2/2018

    The holiday rush will be here before you know it; take time now to ensure your DC — and workers — are properly equipped and trained.

  4. A CFO's Guide To Transforming The Global Supply Chain
    6/27/2018

    Digitizing the supply chain provides efficiency, reduces risk, and increases agility.

  5. 3 Tips For Getting Reverse Logistics Right
    6/13/2018

    Getting products out the door in a timely fashion isn’t the biggest struggle E-commerce retailers face, it’s dealing with the returns.

  6. 6 Tips For Reducing Warehouse Downtime
    6/13/2018

    In today’s just-in-time-shipping work environment, downtime and other productivity wasters must be minimized for a warehouse/DC company to survive.

  7. Why Retail Supply Chain Transformations Fail (And How You Can Beat The Odds)
    5/16/2018

    There's no small list of retailers who are struggling to keep up with the Amazon effect, but a closer look at why some fail and others prevail, should give retailers who are willing to embrace change some hope.

  8. The Brave New World Of Autonomous Transportation
    10/13/2017

    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.

  9. 4 Ways An Integrator Can Make Your Business Automation Experience Better
    10/13/2017

    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.

  10. Ergonomics: The Overlooked Productivity Stealer In Your Warehouse
    10/13/2017

    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.