Supply Chain

Stop, Collaborate and Listen: Retail Needs a Brand-New Invention
April 20, 2018 at 2:13 pm

In the 1990s and early 2000s, the world embarked on a journey toward connectivity and collaboration. The invention and burgeoning popularity of the internet brought together people from around the globe in both personal and professional spheres. Today, technology is still evolving and social platforms have continued to meet the increasing need for in-the-moment communication…

Retailers Putting Pressure on Their Product Suppliers
April 13, 2018 at 12:10 pm

In this week's episode of Retail Right Now, Total Retail's Caitlin Sullivan and Joe Keenan discuss the significance of announcements made this week by REI and Walmart regarding changes they're making to their supply chains, and specifically what's required of their product suppliers.

REI Rolls Out Rigorous New Sustainability Standards for Suppliers
April 11, 2018 at 11:30 am

REI announced this week stricter rules for its product suppliers. The Seattle Times reports suppliers that can’t or won’t meet REI requirements in areas such as manufacturing labor safety and fairness, chemical usage, environmental impact, and animal welfare won’t be considered for its store shelves. REI's prefers all 1,000-plus brands it currently works with to…

3 Ways Automation Can Streamline the Supply Chain
April 3, 2018 at 10:43 pm

The retail industry often serves as a principal driver of supply chain innovation, with companies continually looking for ways to get products to consumers faster and more efficiently. The key to a happy customer experience at a brick-and-mortar or online store lies in an effective and reliable supply chain. Automating certain supply chain processes can…

3 Reasons Brands Should Re-Evaluate Their Retail Distribution Agreements
March 27, 2018 at 11:37 am

With the rise of e-commerce giants like projected to make up 50 percent of U.S. e-commerce revenue by 2021, online retail has changed the industry landscape significantly. Online stores and Amazon storefronts allow for retailers to forego the overhead costs of owning a physical store and rake in a majority of their sales without…

Automate Processes for Better Inventory Forecasting
March 5, 2018 at 9:54 am

“What decisions can technology manage better than humans?” should be the question that drives your internal operational process. For example, is there a way to automate internally transferring inventory already in your supply chain to locations in need? What about building orders to supplier minimums or logistics constraints? Can allocation of insufficient quantities be taken…

Unlock the Potential of the Personalized Supply Chain
March 1, 2018 at 12:52 am

The so-called “retail apocalypse” is completely overblown, but it does indicate that the retail industry is undergoing a transformation, driven by changes in the way consumers shop across all touchpoints. While it's true that e-commerce has certain advantages over traditional brick-and-mortar, physical stores have their own benefits, which aren't as easily replicated by the likes…

Retail Resolutions for 2018
February 19, 2018 at 12:40 pm

Driven by continuous changes in technology and consumer behavior, retail’s survival is dependent on the industry’s ability to adapt to the customer journey and accommodate the blurred lines of shopping. However, with disrupting the industry, store closures being announced regularly, and the phrase "retail apocalypse" continuing to permeate the headlines, it's unlikely consumers will…

J.C. Penney to Close Distribution Center, Cut 670 Jobs
February 14, 2018 at 12:53 pm

J.C. Penney is closing its distribution center in Wauwatosa, Wis. and cutting 670 jobs. USA Today reports the retailer will begin shutting down the 2 million-square-foot warehouse and customer service operation this summer. The move comes as J.C. Penney looks to reduce its supply chain network, which "is oversized relative to its national store footprint," company…

Triple Threat to Retail: Time to Close the Innovation Gap
February 9, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Traditional retailers are under tremendous pressure from online and other forces. But how bad is it? And what can retailers do to remain competitive? Formerly successful retailers like Borders, Aeropostale, RadioShack and Payless Shoes have gone bankrupt under the online onslaught. Just recently, the “category killer” Toys"R"Us filed for bankruptcy. While other retailers are keeping…