Supply Chain

Retailers, the Clock is Ticking: Optimize Your Supply Chains for the Holiday Shopping Onslaught Now
September 25, 2023 at 10:07 am

The retail landscape is swiftly gearing up for its busiest time of year, punctuated by Black Friday and Cyber Monday (BFCM). New research paints a picture of an industry feeling the pressure, grappling with economic hurdles, data inconsistencies, and rising costs. Amidst global supply chain disruptions, fluctuating consumer demands and spending, the urgency for brands…

How Network Optimization Creates Dynamic CPG Supply Chains
September 5, 2023 at 7:48 pm

In today's ever-changing business landscape, a one-size-fits-all approach to supply chain planning is more than just a strategy for consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies. Unforeseeable disruptions can occur anytime, leading to missed sales opportunities, sluggish supply chains, and mismatches between inventory capacity and consumer demand. According to McKinsey & Company research, earnings not only shrink upward of…

Logistic Leaders Are Still Grappling With Rising Costs and Operational Challenges
August 31, 2023 at 5:04 pm

Reports of an easing supply chain crisis may be greatly exaggerated. While the media has highlighted the many ways that pandemic-spurred supply chain problems are lifting, those on the front lines are still uneasy as they face rising costs, inflation and economic concerns, continued unpredictability, and employee shortages. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York…

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…