Retail Supply Chain Insights Guest Contributors

  1. The Impact Of The IoT In DCs
    8/1/2017

    There are plenty of opinions floating around concerning the burgeoning impact of the IoT (Internet of Things) on various aspects of the supply chain. From futuristic takes on auto-replenishment of consumables at the consumer level—think connected pantries and refrigerators that automatically order more ketchup or flour when those staples run low—to comparably mundane store-level inventory forecasting improvements, the increasing connectivity of data is poised to drive big supply chain change. Much of that change is happening in and around the DC.

  2. AV Over IP Creates New ROI Paradigm In Retail Environments
    7/31/2017

    Our lives — at work and play — revolve around computer networks. And in retail, most of the technologies we use are IP-based and connect to, or through, the network: VOIP/telephony, WiFi, cell phones, conferencing, control signals, access control, CCTV, etc. And that’s not to mention the impact of cloud computing on our daily routines. Everything lives through “the network.”

  3. Utilizing Feature Recognition As A Sales And Marketing Tool For Asset Protection Teams
    7/25/2017

    Retail places emphasis on loss prevention techniques which help companies recover losses. With criminals continually developing more sophisticated ways of stealing company assets — internally and externally — business has had to respond. Technology has been used to make detection techniques better and recovery easier.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.