Supply Chain

Report: Postal Rate Increase Will Cost Amazon More Than $1B in 2019
October 22, 2018 at 1:58 pm

The proposed increase in shipping and mailing fees at the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) could cost more than $1 billion in 2019, according to a Credit Suisse report. "As we roll forward the sensitivity analysis to 2019, we arrive at a potential incremental shipping expense range of $400 million to $1.1 billion, with the assumption that 40…

QVC, HSN to Combine Business Units, Cut 2,000 Jobs
October 18, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Qurate Retail Group (QRG) announced several initiatives designed to better position its HSN and QVC U.S. businesses for long-term growth. Most important is the formation of an integrated business unit called QXH, which Qurate said will ensure an aligned approach to the U.S. market. As part of the transformation, Qurate will eliminate 350 positions by the…

Home Depot Expands Same-Day Delivery Service With Roadie, Deliv Partnerships
September 26, 2018 at 4:12 pm

As part of an ongoing $1.2 billion supply chain upgrade, Home Depot has started same-day delivery across the U.S. The home improvement retailer had already been using trucks to deliver large items such as building materials from stores in a day or so. Now, aided by startups Roadie Inc. and Deliv Inc. in its top 35…

Advanced Supply Chain Analytics: Are You Ready?
September 13, 2018 at 11:17 am

The latest Gartner Hype Cycle for Supply Chain Planning Technologies report predicts that three of the advanced analytic types — predictive, prescriptive and cognitive — are five years to 10 years from mainstream adoption. Other research, such as the Analytics Strategies Study conducted by Supply Chain Insights, shows that 4 percent of respondents have implemented…

How E-Commerce Sellers Can Out-Amazon Amazon
September 5, 2018 at 12:01 pm

E-commerce is a runaway train with no slowing in sight. Nearly eight in 10 Americans now shop online to the tune of $453 billion in sales. Clearly, has been the biggest catalyst here. Free, two-day shipping has completely reset consumers’ expectations around the realities of speed and cost of delivery, a big reason why…

How Weather Data Can Help Retailers Grow Profits
September 4, 2018 at 12:35 pm

Almost every weather-related headline in the media or corporate annual reports focuses on the associated negative impacts for organizations. And there’s a lot to report: in 2017 alone, there were 330 catastrophic weather events, 31 of which each resulted in damages of more than 1 billion USD. Even "normal weather" impacts nearly every industry on…

Returns in the Supply Chain: Completing the Circular Lifecycle of Inventory
August 13, 2018 at 12:21 pm

Try this on for size: In 2017, there were $351 billion worth of returns in the United States retail market. Putting this figure in perspective, were that dollar value the revenue of a retailer, it would be the second largest behind Walmart (Walmart is at $363 billion, with the second-place retailer, Kroger, at $110 billion…

Walmart Testing the Use of Robots for Online Grocery Pickup
August 6, 2018 at 2:21 pm

Walmart is testing the use of storage and retrieval robotics, called Alphabot, to increase the speed of online grocery order pickup, according to a company blog post. The technology, which was developed in collaboration with retail automation company Alert Innovation, is being installed in a section of a Salem, N.H. supercenter, which will also be a dedicated…

Commitment to Social Responsibility Makes Indigenous More Than Just a Fashion Brand
July 30, 2018 at 10:09 am

In episode 156 of Total Retail Talks, Matt Reynolds, co-founder and president of Indigenous, a retailer of organic, fair trade and sustainable fashion, discusses the brand's commitment to being socially responsible, steps it has taken to be more environmentally conscious, and the business benefits associated with this approach.