Retail Supply Chain Insights Guest Contributors

  1. Backlash Against Cashless Stores Grows
    3/20/2019

    In this digital age, cash still represents 30% of all retail store transactions and 55% of transactions under $10. Cash also accounts for almost half (41%) of fast food purchases and a third of transactions (33%) at convenience stores. As mobile wallets and other cash alternatives are introduced, the trend raises the very real question of whether cash needs legislative protection. In a growing number of municipalities and States the answer is yes.

  2. 5 Retail Trends For Improving The Customer Experience In 2019
    1/31/2019

    Retail is undergoing a major sea change as retailers reshape the shopping experience. As consumers become more demanding thanks to the conveniences of online shopping, savvy retailers are making strides to replicate – or even surpass that experience – at physical locations. Retailers who make customer-centric decisions, investing in stores, technology, fulfillment and customer service teams will stand to profit.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Taming The Chaos Of Reverse Logistics With Vision & Imaging Technology
    8/22/2018

    The increase in online shopping is creating chaos with returns. Learn how vision and imaging technology can improve reverse logistics for any size retailer today.

  8. How Imaging Technology Maximizes Revenue And Prevents Retail Shrink
    8/22/2018

    Self-checkout dishonesty, cashier and shopper collusion, and inaccurate weighing are all risks to retailer profitability. Learn how vision and imaging technology can help any size retailer today.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.