Retail Supply Chain White Papers

  1. Why Thinking Ahead About Transit Packaging Can Save You Millions
    10/11/2017

    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.

  2. Packaging - A Magic Ingredient?
    10/11/2017

    Is packaging the magic ingredient in your global supply chain? It certainly has the power to make or break your global operations.

  3. The Final Frontier Of Supply Chain Optimization
    10/11/2017

    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?

  4. Turning Exceptional Customer Care Experiences Into A Profit Center
    5/1/2017

    In the age of the consumer, every retailer must create the exceptional Amazon-like service experiences that consumers have come to expect or risk going out of business.

  5. The Mid-Market Retailer’s Guide To Winning The eCommerce Race
    4/12/2017

    Intense competition and heightened consumer expectations aren’t unique challenges to the mid-market retailer. There’s one critical difference, mid-market retailers lack the resources that the biggest players do have to overcome those challenges. With already small margins, if you’re among this group, you may find yourself just scraping by. But the odds don’t have to be stacked against you.

  6. Creating The Right Retail Strategy For Successful eCommerce In The Age Of Amazon
    1/9/2017

    It’s a jungle out there and retailers are in a fight for survival of the fittest—just ask some of the casualties. This isn’t fear mongering. It is a retail reality being driven by table stakes set by the likes of Amazon.

  7. Build Or Buy? The Hidden Challenges Of An In-House Fraud Team
    1/9/2017

    In a world where retailers are losing $77 million in revenue per day due to eCommerce fraud globally, you better have the right fraud prevention strategy in place if you expect to survive. But should you use a third-party fraud management solution or build your own fraud team in-house?

  8. Is There Grit In Amazon’s Flywheel? Implications And What Retailers Need To Know To Survive
    12/12/2016

    Amazon has achieved massive growth through a simple yet strategic business concept: the flywheel. However, the problem with a flywheel is that when one part breaks down, the overall system can fail rapidly. At least one of the core pieces of Amazon’s flywheel—the customer experience—is already under pressure. While this may have profound consequences for Amazon, there are larger implications for the rest of the eCommerce ecosystem.

  9. A Retailer’s Guide To Omnichannel Customer Care
    10/17/2016

    Delivering exceptional customer care in a world where most consumers expect to be able to pick up where they left off when they contact customer service isn’t easy. Consumers want a seamless experience when they need support, and they are quick to both reward and punish retailers based on their performance.

  10. The State Of Retailer-Vendor Supply Chain Relationships
    11/23/2015

    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.