Supply Chain

How to Increase Profit When the Supply Chain is Unpredictable
September 22, 2020 at 2:38 pm

Long before algorithms, machine learning (ML), artificial intelligence (AI), and even computers, retailers have depended upon demand planning principles to stay in business. Demand planning is the foundation for resetting retail. Fortunately, retailers can now use demand planning powered by AI and ML. It can help retail chains maximize profit even in times of external…

Amid COVID-19, is it Finally Time for Off-Price to Prioritize E-Commerce?
September 14, 2020 at 11:27 am

It’s a question worth discussing as the unprecedented pandemic continues to strain the retail industry. Take, for example, TJX, the parent company of T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods, which reported first quarter net losses exceeding $887 million after closing all of its stores and distribution centers over a two-month span in compliance with statewide lockdowns.…

Effective Multichannel Retail Strategies During COVID-19
September 10, 2020 at 12:40 pm

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the United States, setting back store reopening plans, small to midsized retailers must grapple with the realization that new consumer behaviors and protocols sprung from this health crisis will be here for much longer than initially anticipated. Fortunately, there are technologies and integrations available that are able to…

Amazon Opens Online-Only Whole Foods Store in Brooklyn
September 3, 2020 at 2:40 pm

Amazon.com is opening a new Whole Foods store in Brooklyn, but it won’t be open to the public. In a first for the company, the Whole Foods store will be permanently online only, tasked with fulfilling online grocery orders for customers in the Brooklyn area, Amazon announced. The store, which opened on Tuesday, is located in Brooklyn’s…

Shoppers Return to Stores: How Can Retailers Capitalize on Pent Up Demand?
September 3, 2020 at 11:56 am

It’s no surprise that COVID-19 hit the apparel industry especially hard. An industry where purchase decisions are heavily influenced by the try-before-you-buy trend, apparel retailers were unable to welcome customers to their stores and into their fitting rooms for nearly three months. However, with stores beginning to reopen in many regions, apparel and department stores are seeing…

Best Buy to Adjust Store Strategy to Adapt to E-Commerce Surge
August 26, 2020 at 3:14 pm

The dramatic shift toward e-commerce has sparked experimentation at Best Buy stores and inspired a new strategy that will turn some of them into hubs for online fulfillment, CNBC reported. Corie Barry, Best Buy CEO, said the retailer will start testing a ship-from-store pilot program. Although all Best Buy stores ship online orders, this program…

Is Scaling of E-Commerce Fulfillment and Curbside/Doorstep Delivery Sustainable?
August 26, 2020 at 9:48 am

The migration of retail purchasing towards digital channels has been widely reported as the industry conforms to the safety necessities of COVID-19. Now, after rapidly pivoting to scale ship-to-home, curbside pickup, and final-mile delivery to preserve as much pre-pandemic revenue as possible, the sustainability of these fulfillment and delivery services is reaching an inflection point.…

Consumers Continue to Shop During COVID-19. What Are the Biggest Takeaways for Retailers?
August 10, 2020 at 2:44 pm

Retail started the year from a position of strength, with holiday sales exceeding $730 billion. Buy online, pick up in-store (BOPIS) was a distribution advantage for physical retailers, and direct-to-consumer (D-to-C) brands and mainstay Amazon.com were meeting their delivery promises. However, with COVID-19, this all came to a screeching halt. States shut down physical stores and…

Retailers Need to Plan for Recovery. Here’s How They Can Start. 
August 6, 2020 at 2:30 pm

The retail industry has seen significant damage as a result of unprecedented supply chain disruptions, wavering consumer confidence, and technological gaps for those making the leap from brick-and-mortar to digital storefront. Many retailers had just started to return to normalcy earlier this year, following a two-year trade war — and a promising Phase One deal…

Home Depot to Add New Distribution Centers, Hire 1,000 Workers
August 4, 2020 at 3:56 pm

Home Depot announced Tuesday that it will open three distribution centers in the Atlanta area over the next 18 months to keep up with rising customer expectations for fast order deliveries, which have only been amplified since the pandemic. Home Depot has scrambled to meet customers’ demand for speed and convenience. It began rolling out curbside…