Product Sourcing

Kanye West Sues Walmart for Selling Yeezy Knockoffs
June 28, 2021 at 7:22 pm

Rapper Kayne West filed a lawsuit against Walmart on June 24, alleging that the retailer is knocking off one of his latest shoe designs, Yeezy Foam Runners. According to documents obtained by TMZ, West’s team filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing California’s Unfair Competition Law, which prohibits deceptive business practices. The lawsuit also claims that Walmart…

A Pandemic’s Silver Lining
May 18, 2021 at 6:46 pm

The pandemic has undoubtedly accelerated the shift to e-commerce by half a decade, with more people than ever before opting to shop online for items like groceries that have always dominated traditional brick-and-mortar retail. Now that customers have experienced the convenience of shopping online for products they never imagined, it’s unlikely that they’ll return to…

The Digital Supply Chain: Better, Faster, Cheaper
March 30, 2021 at 1:33 pm

COVID-19 has created significant market and supply chain disruptions due to unprecedented shifts in both supply and demand. With retailers and brands cutting inventory, resulting in limited product availability, it's more important than ever that retailers and brands make fast, accurate product design, selection, and pricing decisions to lock in their share of scarce supply.…

Omnichannel, Private Brands Key to Retailers' Future Success
March 9, 2021 at 12:47 pm

As we consider the most significant trends impacting purchasing today, consumer demand for private brands continues to remain a focus, as well as the need for convenient and digitally enhanced shopping solutions. Among the ongoing effects of the pandemic, COVID has forever shifted customer behavior with respect to how consumers shop and what they purchase.…

The Power of Transparency in Improving Supplier Relationships
March 4, 2021 at 3:13 pm

Retail recovery audits are a proven mechanism for recouping cash lost due to overpayments. A large retailer can recover millions in lost profit and create process improvements that stop leakage from happening in the first place. With today’s renewed focus on accelerating working capital and improving cash flow, getting the audit process right is more…

NRF: Retail Imports Expected to Hit Monthly Records in First Half of 2021
February 15, 2021 at 4:51 pm

Following a record year, imports at the largest U.S. retail container ports are expected to set new monthly records from now into the summer as the nation’s economy continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Hackett Associates, a maritime strategy and…

Kohl’s Partners With Eddie Bauer to Bolster Active Assortment
February 8, 2021 at 7:08 pm

Kohl’s, seeking to sustain momentum in its burgeoning active and casualwear categories, announced that it will start carrying outwear and outdoor apparel from Eddie Bauer in 500 stores and online beginning this fall. Kohl’s said it will offer a wide array of women’s, men’s and kid's apparel from Eddie Bauer, the 100-year-old brand known for its outdoor-active orientation. Eddie Bauer…

Cross-Border Growth: What Every Seller Needs to Know
February 2, 2021 at 8:34 pm

In recent months, e-commerce, particularly the third-party marketplace, has become the driving force for retailers as footfall in-store rapidly declines — with digital sales expected to rise a staggering 18 percent in 2020. Todays "virtual malls" have all delivered soaring revenue growth during the third quarter, fueled by the transformation of consumer shopping habits. E-commerce giants…

3 Benefits of On-Demand Manufacturing
January 28, 2021 at 4:08 pm

On-demand manufacturing, also called cloud manufacturing, emerged over the past decade and is beginning to revolutionize the supply chain industry. Driven by the explosive growth of e-commerce and shifting consumer preferences, the global cloud manufacturing market is expected to reach about $112 billion by 2024, growing at an astounding 19.8 percent annually, according to MarketWatch.…

Staples Connect Champions Small Businesses With Product Sourcing Project
January 18, 2021 at 1:10 pm

In episode 281 of Total Retail Talks, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Stacey Helbig, vice president of solution strategy, and Brian Coupland, senior vice president of merchandising at Staples. Listen in as Helbig and Coupland discuss the Staples Connect Breakthrough Project, the inspiration behind the initiative, and the criteria being used to evaluate new product ideas during the…