Retail Supply Chain White Papers

  • Retail Cash Loss: Addressing The Problem With Intelligent Technology

    Any business that accepts cash for transactions has come to expect that some percentage of it will vanish as a result of fraud, administrative errors and employee misdeeds. Inventory shrink, which includes cash loss, costs retailers an estimated $47 billion annually. It is so prevalent that retailers have a line item for it in their P&L statement.

  • Global Supply Chain Analytics: You Can't Manage What You Can't See

    If you can’t see it, you can’t affect change. This is true for every aspect of global supply chains. The fact of the matter is, even in today’s digital world, most supply chain executives don’t know
    what is happening in their global operations. The simple truth is that most of the global supply chain information is spread out across disparate and siloed technology systems or processes.

  • Stopped At The Border: Why Product Testing Matters

    Crossing Borders is a Hot Topic and Revolves Around the Global Tide of Protectionism. There are volumes of legal documentation and a corps of agents enforcing regulations in each country all over the word. These rules are in place for many reasons: protecting against terrorism, consumer safety, balancing trade, and generating revenue, to name a few.

  • Blockchain For Supply Chain: Smart Contracts & Purchase Order Management

    In the world of blockchain, it is the digitization and uploading of the contractual agreement to a Digital Ledger that becomes the driving force behind any transaction, the Smart Contract.

  • The Future-Ready Warehouse: Three Keys To Improving Performance While Maintaining Future Flexibility

    E-commerce has already had a significant impact on warehouse operations and that impact will only increase as e-commerce continues to be the fastest growing segment of the economy. Global retail e-commerce sales are expected to reach $3.9 trillion dollars by 2020, up from $2.3 trillion in 2017.

  • Expanding Your Market Internationally

    Growing your business in today’s saturated US market can be a challenge. Amazon continues to dominate the market and their rapid growth is shrinking the pieces of the pie. Customers are no longer bound by brick and mortar stores and are starting to feel more comfortable purchasing from overseas. Paired with the world’s love of American brands, the opportunity for growing your business beyond U.S. borders has never been better.

  • Blockchain For Supply Chain: Ghost In The Machine Or Breakthrough Technology?

    There is no doubt that this building-block approach, when properly repurposed, can have powerful applications in the field of global trade.

  • Reinventing The Supply Chain: The Future Of Fulfillment Vision Study

    A $2.3 trillion global e-commerce market reflects how profoundly shopper expectations have recalibrated worldwide. Today’s consumers have been rewired by digital disruption. That always-connected, tech-savvy shopper expects a seamless, faster purchasing journey, whether she’s buying online and picking up in store or wants her merchandise delivered in two hours to her door.

  • 7 Ways The Right Multi-Carrier Shipping Software Will Accelerate Your Growth And Pay Your Company Dividends

    In this eBook, you will find proven industry statistics, ROI equations and testimonials that demonstrate how shipping software pays back big.

  • Supersize Your Shipping. Supersize Your Profits.

    It's easy to set revenue goals. But, keeping more of what you make is the critical number. Investing in better shipping pays back big. Shipping is a sustainable tactic that elevates the customer experience, builds brand loyalty, increases sales and turns customers into loyal advocates. In this eBook, you will find proven industry statistics, ROI equations and testimonials to demonstrate how shipping software pays back big.

  • Increase Productivity With Volume-Reduction Packing Solutions

    Shipping has never been more challenging than it is today. Increasing productivity and providing exceptional customer experiences is imperative. Companies are finding it difficult to solve the current challenges in the packing arena, which include labor shortages, unnecessary DIM weight expenses and customer experience.

  • Why Multi-Tier Supplier Collaboration Is More Important Now

    The future of the global trade system faces more risk and uncertainty than at any time since it was created after World War II. This year and beyond promises to be a decisive one for worldwide trade with protectionism and populism growing across the globe. The world’s top 60 economies have adopted more than 7,000 protectionist trade measures 1 on a net basis since the financial crisis of 2008.

  • Fast Faster Fastest Learning From The Fast Fashion Groundbreakers

    Over the last year or so, “fast fashion” companies have gained tremendous market share from consumers in search of the hottest trending item at the best price. These companies have executives from every industry – not just fashion – talking about the need for speed.

  • Optimizing The Customer Experience

    While consumers want the ease of shopping online, the ability to track orders and the use of sustainable packaging, they also prefer to see and try their purchases in person. In fact, two-thirds of consumers who purchase online use the store before or after the transaction. So how do retailers offer the conveniences consumers demand while reducing costs? The answer: Perfect every aspect of the packaging and shipping process.

  • Retailers Divulge Their Top 10 Carrier-Related Shipping Concerns

    Shipping is a critical component of supply chain logistics for e-commerce stores. e-tailers find it increasingly important to optimize shipping as it significantly impacts the customer experience, repeat purchasing, brand loyalty and profitability.

  • The State Of Shipping In Commerce

    Shipping and fulfillment impacts commerce in a significant manner, affecting profit margin and revenue, operational efficiencies, brand and customer experience. Our hypothesis is that retailers’ current shipping practices prevent them from realizing the full potential of their business. These practices add unnecessary friction to the buyer journey, and are often misaligned with today’s sophisticated, tech-savvy online shopper who seek a seamless, almost intuitive experience. To prove this, we started tracking the habits, practices, performance and sentiment of online shoppers and retailers annually with the aim to measure the gap between retailer capability and consumer expectations.

  • Why Omnichannel Fulfillment Is Crucial For E-Commerce

    The growth in global e-commerce is top-of-mind for all retailers today. Consumers are more demanding than ever before and expect to be able to order their goods from any device and receive them at a time and place that is convenient for them. International commerce is both a cultural and complex business, requiring technologically-robust systems capable of handling everything from making packages as small as possible, to choosing the right carrier, ensuring compliance and keeping track of orders.

  • Top Five Questions About Multi-Carrier Shipping Software

    Shipping software tools optimize service, efficiency, control costs, and ensure orders get on the right truck faster. And that keeps consumers coming back.

  • 6 Global Supply Chain Trends To Watch In 2018

    Global trade continues to accelerate both in volumes and complexity, with the WTO’s most recent trade forecast revised to show improved growth in world merchandise trade volume. Just look at the numbers from Alibaba and their most recent Singles Day, where products were purchased from 192 countries. The number of tons shipped by ocean containers has multiplied many times over in recent years—almost 17 times—from 102 million tons in 1980, to 1,720 million tons in 2016!

  • Easing The Fear Of Private Brand Development For Consumer Goods Retailers

    Public perception of private label brands (PLB) used to be quite negative. In 2011, 17 percent of U.S. consumers felt PLB’s were for people on tight budgets who couldn’t afford the best - but due to the economic downturn in recent years, consumers have changed their mindset on these products.