Supply Chain

The Real Cost of Technological Inaction
August 31, 2023 at 10:09 am

Executives don’t get where they are by jumping on every passing trend. True business leaders are the people who can assess all of the options in front of them and make choices that enable their companies to stay current and continue growing. Strategic timing is key to this process, and sometimes the right choice for…

Retailers Can't Own Their Supply Chain Without Automation
August 24, 2023 at 12:52 pm

Supply chain disruptions and delays have been rampant since the beginning of the pandemic, wreaking havoc across industries worldwide. In an attempt to mitigate the struggles of the past few years, a new trend has emerged among retailers: owning and operating in-house supply chains. Some retailers have taken an acquisition approach by first acquiring supply…

Back-to-School Promotions: Keeping Up With a New Generation of Shoppers Post-Click
August 24, 2023 at 11:30 am

Each year customers are getting younger. Savvy brands are now focusing their efforts on appealing to the next generation of shoppers, including tweens, teens and young adults. As of 2022, Gen Z (currently aged between nine and 24 years old) made up 20.88 percent of the U.S. population, so it makes sense that brands are turning…

5 Key Questions Brands Should Ask Before Signing a 3PL for Fulfillment This Peak Season
August 23, 2023 at 1:03 pm

While holiday shopping sprees are still months away, it’s prime time for brands to evaluate their fulfillment needs. Whether a brand is in the market for a new third-party logistics (3PL) partner or plans to bring on additional fulfillment support to manage peak season, it’s critical they conduct their due diligence now. Before diving head…

Amazon Resumes Third-Party Shipping Service
August 21, 2023 at 5:40 pm

Amazon.com has revived its shipping service, paused during COVID-19's onset, competing with FedEx and UPS. Amazon Shipping lets sellers ship Amazon and external platform orders. Businesses must sell on Amazon to be eligible for the service. Amazon already provides shipping to merchants who use its storage and delivery service, Fulfillment by Amazon. Amazon Shipping allows…

The Key to Success for Direct-to-Consumer Businesses is Preparation
August 21, 2023 at 3:50 pm

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) businesses have been put through the ringer in recent years with unpredictability abound. Between supply chain disruptions, the rising costs of goods and services, and shipping delays due to global events like the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine War, many businesses have been struggling to survive. To further complicate business operations, consumer spending…

In a Shifting Market, Can Direct-to-Store Delivery Help Stabilize CPG?
August 10, 2023 at 11:22 am

The consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry is under pressure. While usually defined by stability and consistency, CPG has undergone an upheaval in recent years, driven by pandemic-related adaptations as well as evolving labor and consumer trends. Today, the CPG market is marked by a high degree of uncertainty, with consumers unwilling (or unable) to spend…

Seeing Clearly Now: The Benefits of Data Exchange in the Retail Supply Chain
July 25, 2023 at 2:32 pm

That was the top takeaway from RELEX Solutions’ 2023 Supply Chain Collaboration Report, with insight from 250 suppliers across the U.S., Europe, and South America. Respondents said the desire for collaboration is there — 87 percent said they wished they could collaborate more with their retail and wholesale partners — but there are gaps in…

How and Why to Achieve a Circular Supply Chain
July 18, 2023 at 7:01 pm

Manufacturers, businesses and all organizations within the retail supply chain have had to constantly develop groundbreaking solutions to maintain the production of high-quality goods due to rising costs and limited access to raw materials, especially since the onset of the pandemic. As a result, traditional linear supply chain strategies have given way to new ones…

End-to-End Digitalization Allows Retailers to Go Beyond Traditional PLM Systems
July 18, 2023 at 4:58 pm

Product lifecycle management (PLM) software has become a necessity for retailers and brands that have partly or fully outsourced their supply chains. The right PLM can help businesses shorten product development cycles, reduce time to market, and control costs, all of which are essential at a time when consumers are demanding more variety than ever…