Inventory Management

J.C. Penney Eliminates Chief Merchant Role
November 6, 2017 at 10:51 am

J.C. Penney announced last week that it has eliminated the position of chief merchant. The move was made to streamline decision making and promote greater agility within its merchandise buying teams. John Tighe, current chief merchant, will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities and will not be replaced. All senior merchandising executives will…

Wal-Mart Adding Shelf-Scanning Robots to 50 Stores
October 30, 2017 at 11:47 am

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said last week it's rolling out shelf-scanning robots in more than 50 U.S. stores next year, to replenish inventory faster and save employees’ time when products run out. While Wal-Mart has been testing shelf-scanning robots in stores in Arkansas, Pennsylvania and California for the past three years, by the end of January,…

Online Retailers’ New Best Prospect? The Post-Purchase Customer
October 24, 2017 at 8:46 pm

Most retailers put a lot of time and effort into attracting new customers. It makes sense: you need customers to buy your products and sustain your business. However, generating more sales from existing customers is a more efficient, less expensive way to grow. The probability of selling to an existing customer is 60 percent to…

RFID Puts the Clicks in Bricks
October 19, 2017 at 9:42 am

Retailers are responding rapidly to the shift from in-store sales to online sales by spending considerable time and financial resources on improving their integrated omnichannel customer experiences. These tools enable consumers to view, research and purchase products across all available sales channels. They also allow retailers to capture, manage and shape customer purchasing behavior. Retailers…

Toys"R"Us Vendors Cut Shipments on Bankruptcy Fear
September 15, 2017 at 10:36 am

Some suppliers to Toys“R”Us have scaled back shipments to the retailer as it struggles to refinance debt and avoid a potential bankruptcy filing, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The vendors are balking as Toys“R”Us continues talks with lenders over a new loan that would allow the retailer to stay open while it works…

A Localized Approach to Back-to-School Planning
July 24, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Despite the fact that summer is not yet half way over, many retailers are already rolling out full-blown back-to-school floor sets. In a world where timing is everything, is it really necessary at this point? The National Retail Federation (NRF) forecasts that consumers will collectively spend $83.6 billion on back-to-school items this year, more than…

'The Great Returns Race' Benchmark Q1 2017
June 16, 2017 at 3:46 pm

J.C. Penney announced last week that it has eliminated the position of chief merchant. The move was made to streamline decision making and promote greater agility within its merchandise buying teams. John Tighe, current chief merchant, will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities and will not be replaced. All senior merchandising executives will […]

How WorkStride Works for Wireless
June 6, 2017 at 10:21 am

J.C. Penney announced last week that it has eliminated the position of chief merchant. The move was made to streamline decision making and promote greater agility within its merchandise buying teams. John Tighe, current chief merchant, will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities and will not be replaced. All senior merchandising executives will […]

RFID: Fact or Fiction?
May 15, 2017 at 11:47 am

The industry has been talking about RFID for 20 years, but it still hasn't come into common use or delivered significant value to retailers. The biggest issue hasn't been the technology itself, but rather the hype and promise around RFID before it was in the right place to deliver. The price of RFID tags has…