Supply Chain

Fulfilling Experiences? Fulfillment Centers vs. Experiential Retail Stores
January 13, 2022 at 4:34 pm

The theory goes that consumers come in two varieties: those who shop with a focus and those who browse at leisure. It’s a tidy split. However, shoppers aren’t so tidy in practice. They switch between purpose and leisure as easily as they glide between online and offline. Many retailers accommodate various types of shoppers by…

Make Supply Chain a Competitive Differentiator With Blue Yonder
January 12, 2022 at 5:23 pm

In this episode of Total Retail Tech Insights, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Omar Akilah, corporate vice president of commerce products, and Eugene Amigud, corporate vice president of commerce at Blue Yonder, the world leader in digital supply chain and omnichannel commerce fulfillment. Akilah and Amigud discuss their professional backgrounds and current roles, how Blue Yonder helps…

Getting the Most Overlooked Part of E-Commerce Right
January 5, 2022 at 4:54 pm

Creating innovative products from properly sourced raw materials. Hiring social media influencers to show off your latest product release. Using data to deliver an amazing web and app experience. These are the kinds of things that e-commerce brands dream about when launching a business. They're the fun parts of e-commerce, but they're only half the…

How Retailers Can Avoid Supply Chain Woes by Fixing 3 Common Digital Breakages
January 5, 2022 at 8:35 am

Increasing digitalization has had a huge impact on our economy, and retailers’ supply chains are no exception. For example, new digitized shipment documentation, cargo visibility, inventory management, customer service and other supply chain process data streams are more efficient and accurate than the manual processes they replaced. However, many of these data streams are poorly…

How Quantum Computing Improves Retail Operations Optimization
January 4, 2022 at 11:00 am

COVID-19 has accelerated the transformation from in-store to e-commerce shopping, creating significant retail logistics challenges. Even before the pandemic, retailers battled against heavyweights that were able to offer seamless purchasing and rapid order processing. However, despite pressure from consumers, a recent Accenture survey showed that fewer than half of retailers are meeting customer expectations for…

American Eagle Outfitters Completes Acquisition of Quiet Logistics
January 3, 2022 at 7:26 pm

American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) late last month announced it has completed the acquisition of Quiet Logistics for approximately $360 million in cash. Quiet Logistics operates a network of in-market fulfillment centers in six cities where workers aided by robots fulfill shipping orders for digital apparel and lifestyle brands such as Mack Weldon, Outdoor Voices and Peloton.…

Will Santa and His Truck-Driving Elves Need Delivery Help This Holiday Season?
December 20, 2021 at 8:56 am

A projected rise in e-commerce and retail demand for the 2021 holiday shopping season has put Santa’s elves on notice. Spending on online shopping has hit more than $933 billion — up 17.9 percent year-over-year — and brick-and-mortar retail spending will reach nearly $5.15 trillion, a 6.3 percent increase according to the US Economic Forecast 2021.…

Navigate the Supply Chain Crisis With EDITED Enterprise and Market Data
December 15, 2021 at 6:48 pm

In this episode of Total Retail Tech Insights, Editor-in-Chief Joe Keenan interviews Juliana Prather, chief marketing officer of EDITED, the leader in retail intelligence, market strategy and enterprise data. Listen in as Prather discusses her professional background in retail, how EDITED works with retailers, and her take on the current supply chain environment for brands and…

How Mobile Devices Will Alleviate Supply Chain Headaches This Holiday Season
December 7, 2021 at 11:35 am

Retailers are hyperfocused on preparing for the holiday rush. In 2020, e-commerce spending in the U.S. was in overdrive, with the pandemic boosting online sales by $183 billion — the equivalent of an extra holiday season in the same year. In 2021, experts predict that e-commerce sales will continue to rise, leaving retailers with the…

5 Keys to Managing the Seasonal Supply Chain Crisis With Analytics and Data Science
November 18, 2021 at 4:12 pm

Shoppers will likely be greeted by empty shelves or website stock-outs during the 2021 holiday season. It’s a perfect supply chain storm of increased demand and severely constrained supply and labor. Pent-up demand from the pandemic is leading to increases in both online and in-store orders while COVID-19-related restrictions, combined with container shortage, labor shortage,…