If you asked the stakeholders in your business whether packaging is perceived as an unwanted cost or a value driving innovation, what would they say?
Is this situation familiar? You invest your time and energy developing products for the market, and develop a supply chain model to ensure these new products make it to customers in a timely manner. Then, you invest further in well-crafted brand promises implemented to the finest detail within your style guide. Next, you transfer the whole bundle to the OEM and ask: “when can we start shipping?”. Rarely, up to this point, has any thought been given to transit packaging. Let’s be honest – the feeling is, you have invested all that time in developing the product, how hard can it be to get the package right? Famous last words indeed.
Is packaging the magic ingredient in your global supply chain? It certainly has the power to make or break your global operations.
Most retailers are missing out on a major opportunity for cost savings in their supply chain. It’s not because the opportunity is complicated - quite the contrary. The idea is so simple most retailers probably think it’s already being handled. But when you’re talking about shipping from Asia, what you think is happening and what is actually happening with your packaging material, performance specifications and freight utilization are rarely the same. So, what do you do?
The consumer goods to retail supply chain has clearly been the most prominent and quite arguably the most important sector of the supply chain for decades.
The modern era of omnichannel retailing delivered the death knell to your father’s retail distribution center. Too complex for the lift-truck-and-box-shuffle of yesteryear, today’s omnichannel retail environment demands sophisticated automation to meet the customer’s speed-and accuracy-of-fulfillment expectations.
These days, businesses use more mobile devices and handheld computers than ever before. Enterprises rely on these devices to provide the data they need to operate intelligently and efficiently. The growth in enterprise mobility is directly related to the need to adopt omnichannel strategies.
The print engine is the heart of any print-and-apply labeling system, and selecting the right one for your application can mean the difference between a successful installation and one that causes costly downtime because of mechanical failures or print quality issues.
Retail vendor compliance is a complicated, and at times controversial subject. Controversial obviously because consumer goods manufacturers are generally not happy about paying penalties for non-performance – even if well deserved – and there is no question that there have been examples of retailers running programs that appear abusive to some suppliers.
The need for effective collaboration using data is increasingly imperative to deriving improvement and financial benefit for both the retailer and supplier. Progressively, many retailers are going after ROI and focusing on the value that data can provide. The increased demand we are seeing in the market for a configurable portal for supplier onboarding, self-service, e-invoicing, PO flip and dynamic discounting is converging with retail trading partners interest in increased collaboration through a portal.