Retail Supply Chain Insights Guest Contributors

  1. Manufacturer Brand Erosion: A Two Part Series
    7/10/2017

    A brand is more than just a name; it’s the identifier that creates the perception of a company among its customers. Walk into a grocery store, and you’re surrounded by brands. Grocery stores have in a sense become warehouses for product brands. But what about a store’s own brand?

  2. Intelligent Cash Handling Goes Mobile
    6/29/2017

    Mobile POS (mPOS) platforms are bringing new levels of convenience and flexibility to retail. Now, a sales associate at a small boutique doesn’t have to be stuck at checkout for the duration of a shift. Thanks to wireless connections, that associate can help a customer complete a transaction anywhere in the store with a tablet or smartphone.

  3. Add Inventory Management To Your “To Do List”
    6/23/2017

    When it comes to task management for your small to mid-sized business, don’t get so focused on sales that you neglect to add inventory monitoring and analysis to your “to do list.” Fail to acknowledge the value of this kind of protocol in a restaurant, for example, and you can wind up spending your hard-earned profit on food that spoils and winds up in the dumpster, not on the plate. The same is true for bar owners.

  4. How To Deal With Small Business Compliance With Zip Checklist
    6/23/2017

    Small business compliance includes a lot of important administrative things that take all the fun out of being an entrepreneur. However, it’s extremely important to deal with these regulations and finish everything in time for these rules to provide necessary safeguards. At the same time, when you fail to follow them, you risk a lot. Do not claim that you were not aware when you made a mistake. Instead, try to avoid it at the earliest stages.

  5. Dump Your To-Do List And Get A Task Management Solution
    6/23/2017

    As a supervisor, you may be required to write to-do lists to help you stay on track and be productive, but yet find yourself choosing to complete only the most critical tasks and having ignored the least important ones at the end of the day. Who would blame you?  According to researchers, our minds can only process up to 7 tasks without feeling overwhelmed; anything beyond this and we risk pulling our own hair out.

  6. 15 Secrets To Hiring The Right Employee (And How To Leverage Them)
    5/31/2017

    No matter what industry you work in, finding the right candidate for the job is crucial. High employee turnover can cost companies big. According to HR firm Zane Benefits, turnover could cost as much as 20% of a mid-range employee’s salary. That’s a big chunk of your bottom line.

  7. E-Commerce Set To Transform B2B, Manufacturing, And Distribution
    5/16/2017

    The internet disrupted everything from education to government to personal communications. E-Commerce turned brick-and-mortar retail, transportation, entertainment, and logistics upside down. Now, in the business-to-business (B2B) space, a convergence of maturing technologies is set to disrupt supply chains, distribution networks, and inventory management — just for starters.

  8. Stop Asking How To Be Productive: 5 Free iPhone Apps To Organize Your Life
    5/3/2017

    The iPhone has revolutionized how we work, socialize, and how we go about managing our day to day tasks. And yet, the most popular smartphone of our time is still underused as the productivity center that it truly is. You’d be amazed how the tools on your iPhone can teach you how to be productive in no time. Even the laziest person out there uses apps on their iPhone, so why not put your time into learning how to be productive instead of playing Angry Birds or using Snapchat Filters.

  9. Clocking Systems – 6 Shocking Reasons Why You Need To Get One Immediately
    5/2/2017

    Biometric clocking systems are among the various tools companies are using to curb time theft, tackle absenteeism, and maximize productivity as a whole. These kinds of clocking systems use unique characteristics, such as the iris, fingerprints, and shape of hand to record attendance. It therefore completely eradicates most types of time theft, such as buddy punching where employees clock in/clock out for fellow employees.

  10. 13 Technologies That Will Change Small Business
    4/18/2017

    When you’re a small business owner, your ability to adapt to the marketplace dictates whether you’ll sink or swim. You have to meet demand without losing too much money or biting off more than you can chew. Maybe that’s why so many small business owners resist adopting new technologies – especially if their business is running just fine (for now).