Supply Chain

Why Retailers Shouldn’t ‘Break the Wheel’ in 2020, But Rather Discuss the Wheel
January 23, 2020 at 2:25 pm

As we move further into 2020, the line between how retailers define luxury, especially as it pertains to consumer taste and expectation, has become an increasingly communal process. In order to achieve success, brand representatives and buyers have gravitated towards listening to their customers, engaging with them via social media, and including their feedback throughout…

Set Yourself Up for Retail Success in 2020 With Proper Fulfillment Planning
January 17, 2020 at 9:19 am

The rush of the holiday season has passed and your retail business is ready to dive headfirst into 2020 sales. If, like most retailers, you're planning to make this your best year yet, you're probably looking to significantly increase your volume of orders. It's a noble aspiration, however, if you're unprepared to meet these ever-growing…

Preparing for 2020? Check Your Supply Chain
January 10, 2020 at 10:15 am

As retailers contemplate 2020 and what it will bring in terms of trends, technology and customer demands, the overall supply chain requires further examination to better align it to the new normal for the next decade. The supply chain remains retailers’ best means of driving customer satisfaction and loyalty, not to mention efficiency and profitability.…

The Next Big Thing: Programmatic Retail
January 9, 2020 at 12:17 pm

The advertising industry is undergoing rapid change, and buckle your seatbelts, retail is next. The new era of advertising is called “programmatic,” which simply means the work done by yesterday’s ad agencies and media buying firms is now done by computers. We’re entering the programmatic era of retail, and the survivors will be masters of…

Will Drop-Shipping Still Be a Viable Business Model in 2020?
January 8, 2020 at 3:05 pm

For many years, drop-shipping was touted as the best possible business model for online entrepreneurs who wanted to start lucrative, yet lean businesses from the convenience of their own homes. But with so much saturation, is it still a profitable idea? What is Drop-Shipping? According to Shopify, “drop-shipping is a retail fulfillment method where a…

Keep it Simple: How Retail Can Retain Convenience
December 20, 2019 at 12:29 pm

I don’t know about you, but I love convenience. I love ordering my groceries from Whole Foods while at the office, and have them waiting on my doorstep by the time I arrive home. Recently, I’m loving being able to pick up online purchases in-store. I order shoes on Nordstrom.com, wait a couple of days,…

Amazon Blocks Sellers From Using FedEx Ground for Prime Shipments
December 17, 2019 at 10:51 am

Amazon.com is blocking its third-party sellers from using FedEx's ground delivery network for Prime shipments, citing a decline in performance heading into the final stretch of the holiday shopping season. The ban on using FedEx’s Ground and Home services starts this week and will last “until the delivery performance of these ship methods improves,” according…

Kroger and Walgreens to Buy Products Together to Cut Costs
December 12, 2019 at 12:17 pm

Grocery store Kroger and drug store Walgreens are teaming up. In an effort to cut supplier costs, the two companies want to start buying merchandise together, CNBC reported. The chain retailers will call this partnership the Retail Procurement Alliance, and will have them identifying overlap in products that they both are receiving so they can…

Micro-Fulfillment: The Future of E-Commerce Fulfillment
December 5, 2019 at 1:02 pm

The speed at which the retail industry is evolving to navigate e-commerce and gig economy disruption is happening far faster than we could have predicted. Gone are the days when shoppers were battling for parking at the local mall to take advantage of a department store sale, or shuffling through the aisles to hunt down…

Beating Retail Tariffs With Technology
December 2, 2019 at 9:37 am

With the holiday retail season upon us, some brands are executing strategies to counter the effects of tariffs on certain Chinese imports, including price increases and the relocation of offshore production operations to tariff-free countries. These strategies may not be an ideal or sustainable response to the tariff increases, however, as the price increases may…