Category: Omni-Channel Commerce Supply Chain Impacts

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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2018 Prediction Deep-Dive: Transportation Carrier Network and Third-Party Logistics Strategies Turn Towards Achieving Added Scale

Supply Chain Matters continues a series of deep-dives into our 2018 Predictions of Industry and Global Supply Chains with a perspective on global transportation network and third-party logistics strategies. This prediction has had special significance with ongoing developments already occurring in 2018.

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Supply Chain Matters Attendance at 2018 Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference- Part Two

Supply Chain Matters continues with coverage of 2018 Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience Conference. Part Teo highlights the first full day of conference sessions.

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2018 Prediction Deep Dive- A Shifting of Priorities for Digital Transformation and Supply Chain Tech Investments

Supply Chain Matters provides a deep-dive perspective on the ten outlined 2018 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains unveiled in mid-December. In this installment, we dive into 2018 Prediction Five: A Shifting of Priorities for Supply Chain Digital Transformation, Data Management, and Technology Enhanced Business Relationships.

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Initial Estimates Point to a Positive Kickoff to the 2017 Holiday Fulfillment Period

Initial online and in-store retail shopping data relative to the five days spanning the 2017 Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday period indeed reflect a rather positive kickoff to this year’s holiday fulfillment period.

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Revisiting 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Four

Supply Chain Matters continues with reviewing and self-scoring each of the 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains published at the beginning of this year. This Part Four posting provides an assessment of our prediction for global online shopping platform dominance among Alibaba and Amazon, and that business self-interest would fuel continued supply chain sustainability actions and initiatives.

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Revisiting Prior 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Two

Supply Chain Matters continues with reviewing and self-scoring each of the 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains published at the beginning of this year. This Part Two posting provides an assessment of our prediction for a supply chain talent perfect storm and the prediction for added product sourcing challenges due to increased anti-trade actions.

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Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Bristlecone Pulse 2017 Conference

This independent supply chain management industry analyst recently had the opportunity to both attend and participate in the Bristlecone Pulse 2017 conference. This was from my view, one incredible conference of supply chain management thought leadership, one that likely provided attendees a lot of strategies and topics to consider regarding their respective organizational transformational leadership efforts.

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Reports of Amazon’s Push into the Pharmacy and Drug Retail Model- Dismiss or Prepare?

Social and business media was abuzz last week with reports and speculation regarding a move by Amazon to supposedly make a move into the highly lucrative pharmaceutical and drug market space. Then again, any news that equates Amazon in attacking a different market will obviously draw all sorts of attention given the online retailer’s ongoing role as a disruptor and juggernaut of technology.

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UPS Announcement of Added Capacity Investments- How Much Online Fulfillment Capacity is Really Needed?

UPS announced plans to add an additional 5 million square feet of parcel logistics and shipping capacity in 2018, nearly five times more than what the carrier invested this year. The global carrier indicated that it will make such investments because of expected parcel shipping volume increases emanating from the online commerce area. However, with more capacity investments to support peaks, and with added financial incentives to train consumers to buy in more planned intervals, is there a risk of too much overall capacity at too high a cost?

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The Bankruptcy of Toys ‘R’ Us- More About Increased Supplier Assertiveness

The latest retail industry casualty regarding the permanent change in consumer shopping patterns is now Toys ‘R’ Us Inc. which recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, after struggling with a heavy debt load. While some can bundle this latest action under this growing trend, there are other forces at-play, namely increased supplier assertiveness.

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Significant Investment Money Flowing Into Asia Based Online Logistics

Within the past few weeks and months, there have been rather large sums of logistics investments flowing into the Asia online retailing sector, with a special emphasis on improving logistics efficiency and unique customer fulfillment needs.

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