Category: Inventory Management

Amazon Acquisition of Whole Foods One Year Later- Augmenting Food Supply Network and Distribution Capabilities

It has been a little over one-year since Amazon disrupted the natural and fresh food industry with its acquisition of Whole Foods. While many current one-year hence commentaries focus mainly on online customer impacts, Supply Chain Matters is of the belief that the evolving strategy thus far is one of augmenting supply network and distribution capabilities.

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Walmart’s Q2 Performance Adds to Retail Industry Confidence Levels

Global retailer Walmart reported fiscal Q2-2019 financial performance that reinforced positive consumer sentiments in Q2, while reaping the benefits of stepped-up investments in store associates and in Omni-channel customer fulfillment capabilities.

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Home Depot Reports Stellar Q2 performance and Reaps Benefit of Multi-Year Investments in Supply and Demand Network Capabilities

Home Depot reported very positive financial performance results for Q2 2018. Included in the narrative were very positive aspects of supply chain performance and integration with other functional and business areas, the result of ongoing multi-year investments in various tenets of supply and demand network capabilities.

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Target Names New Supply Chain Executives

U.S. retailer Target Corporation announced this week the appointment of John Bauer as the retailer’s Executive Vice President, Global Inventory Management. The appointment adds to previous executive moves directly related to the transformation of the retailer’s supply chain management capabilities.

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Report Highlighting Existing Out-of-Stock Challenges for Ordering Consumer Goods Online

Supply Chain Matters highlights a report released from Grocery Manufacturers Association indicating potential online sales losses for consumer goods due to out-of-stocks.

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Industrial and Warehouse Real Estate Cost Trending- Another Factor for Adopting More Enhanced Integrated Business Planning

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides an update on the availability of logistics and warehouse space across United States. More than just an update on logistics costs, it is a stark reminder that supply chain teams need to up the commitment for embracing more integrated business planning and decision-making.

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New ISO Standard to Improve Commerce and Data Integrity

ECCMA (Electronic Commerce Code Management Association) indicates in a recent press release that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in Geneva, Switzerland has published ISO 8000-115, a standard for authoritative and verifiable identifiers designed to improve the speed and accuracy of eCommerce and the supply chain. This new standard which was first drafted in 2015, is described as being an integral part of insuring for data quality and a stunning new standard.

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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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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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