Category: Retail Supply Chain

Toys ‘R’ Us Liquidation- Another Painful Lesson for Suppliers

The announced bankruptcy of toy retailer Toys ‘R’ Us has taken the retail industry aback from many different implications both retail and supply chain related. Perhaps the most troubling relates to supplier inventory policies, which will have more pronounced longer-term inferences for suppliers large and small.

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Large Scale Recall of Shelled Eggs in the U.S. Brings Forward Past Incidents

There has been yet another incident involving a large-scale product recall of eggs in the United States due to suspected salmonella. This latest incident follows a spat of separate food related recalls involving salmonella contamination.

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Global Trade Actions: China Responds to U.S. Steel and Aluminum Import Tariff Actions

China has unveiled retaliatory tariffs on a reported 128 U.S. products that are imported into one of globe’s most significant economy. The actions were characterized as a response to the Trump Administration’s actions on imposing steep tariffs on certain steel and aluminum products imported from China.

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The Time Clock for Brexit Grows Closer and so are the Industry Supply Chain Implications

One year from tomorrow, the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union and the realities of that action are now manifesting themselves across multi-industry supply chains in thoughts, concerns and actions.

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Breaking News- Trump Administration Indeed Announces New Trade and Tariff Actions Relative to China

President Donald Trump indicated this afternoon that the United States is planning to levy tariffs on about $60 billion of designated imports from China, as well as impose restrictions on technology transfers to pressure China to curtail what the U.S. considers unfair trading and investment practices.

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Another E-Commerce Business Network Platform Provider is Taken Private

Supply Chain Matters highlights yet another logistics and supply chain technology platform provider being acquired by private equity firms. CommerceHub provides a distributed commerce B2B Business Network connecting supply, demand and delivery helping retailers and brands increase sales by expanding product assortments, promoting products on the channels that perform, and enabling rapid, on-time customer delivery.

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Amazon’s Announced Acquisition of Ring- Supply Chain Matters Initial Viewpoint

Online retailer Amazon announced its intent to acquire video-based doorbell product provider Ring for a reported sum of $1 billion. The obvious question is why Amazon would be willing to invest such a considerable sum in a doorbell provider. The likely answer has a lot to do with the next iterations of online last-mile customer fulfillment along with the leveraging of Internet of Things enabled home and apartment devices.

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Walmart Spooks Investors With Financial Performance Results

Global retailer Walmart reported financial performance for the all-important 2017 holiday fulfillment period and fiscal 2018 and investors were not pleased. Today’s news is yet another indicator of the high growth expectations being placed on online retailers, and the continued challenges in transitioning to a combined online and physical retail fulfillment presence.

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