Retail Supply Chain Insights Guest Contributors

  1. 4 Ways To Address The Warehouse Labor Shortage
    10/11/2018

    Automation and new recruitment/retention strategies can help address the supply chain labor crunch.

  2. Mispicks: What They Really Mean For Your DC
    10/11/2018

    The cost of picking and shipping errors go far beyond returns processing. Here’s why.

  3. 5 Surprising Ways Predictive Analytics Helps Retailers
    9/27/2018

    Modern retailers understand the core benefits of leveraging the power of Predictive Analytics and Artificial Intelligence. Predictive Analytics accounts for all of your company’s relevant data at a micro-level, identifies your business’ trends, opportunities, and influencing factors. It makes recommendations to retailers that will help them increase forecast accuracy, reduce inventory costs, increase in sales, and maintain high customer satisfaction levels.

  4. Not All Demand Is True Demand
    8/28/2018

    For consumer goods companies with omnichannel sales, downstream demand is a key signal to consider when thinking about inventory allocation, new product launches, demand planning, and other decisions. However, not all downstream demand is created equal.

  5. Robots Threatening Millions of Jobs? Not When It Comes To Parcel Packaging
    8/13/2018

    In our instant-everything world, customers want orders ASAP and at the lowest cost possible. This is becoming increasingly harder to do as parcel growth is expected to continue rising 17 to 28 percent each year through 2021. To make matters worse, the dwindling warehouse labor force is facing major skill shortages and an aging workforce.

  6. Last Mile Delivery: How To Efficiently Deliver To High Expectations
    8/13/2018

    In today’s world, traffic is faster, food delivery is held to incredibly quick standards and when we order something online – we expect it at our door within two days. Many retailers and manufacturers are struggling to keep up, and their customer service is lacking when they fall short. Indications are that accelerated demands will become normalized. In fact, a recent Logistics Viewpoints report shows that 50 percent of millennials still desire even quicker deliveries.

  7. Transform Your Parcel Packaging Process With Today’s Top Fulfillment Technology: Automated Packaging
    8/13/2018

    Today we hear a lot about the Amazon Effect and its popular two-day shipping policy, but what we don’t hear is how companies are keeping up with this instant-everything expectation and how warehouse automation affects shipping outcomes. Whether it’s shipping automation or packaging, every process plays its role in today’s top goals of decreasing costs, improving efficiencies and impressing customers.

  8. Ship From Store: Retail's Necessity For Survival
    8/13/2018

    Now more than ever, retailers are feeling the pressure to measure up to international competitors like Amazon. However, many still rely on central distribution centers, causing orders to oftentimes travel thousands of miles to reach their destination. This takes unnecessary time and money spent on shipping, and when customers are expecting their packages quickly and affordably, you need an array of distribution tactics to fulfill those orders. The million-dollar question is this: how do you fulfill customer needs while improving efficiencies and cutting costs? The answer is to think local – and that’s where in-store fulfillment comes into play.

  9. 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.

  10. Waiting In Checkout Lines A Turnoff To European Shoppers
    8/10/2018

    For many European shoppers, waiting at checkout lines any longer than five minutes is too long, according to retail study by Adyen. Shoppers are looking for an experience that satisfies three fundamental demands: convenience, context and control.