Category: Retail Supply Chain

The Final Days of the 2018 Holiday Fulfillment Surge Tests Logistics, Transportation and Retailer Networks

The 2018 holiday customer fulfillment surge appears to be occurring rather smoothly for supply chain logistics and transportation services without major visible glitches, but the final crunch comes over the next eight days.

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More Data Related to the Ongoing 2018 Holiday Customer Fulfillment Surge

Since our last Supply Chain Matters blog update penned on the morning of Cyber Monday, more trending information has been reported regarding the first significant week of the 2018 holiday surge period.

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Amazon’s Nashville Site Selection is Significant for the Supply Chain Management Community

Amazon’s ultimate selection of two separate U.S. cities for its second (HQ2) corporate headquarters may have overshadowed a third significant announcement for the supply chain management logistics and technology communities.

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Looking Back at 2018 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains- Part Four

This Supply Chain Matters commentary features the final of a series of commentaries that look back and review 2018 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains that were published by our research arm at the beginning of this year. Our last prediction focused on unique industry-specific challenges in 2018.

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Global Supply Chain Management Teams- Ready and Able for the 2018 Holiday Customer Fulfillment Surge

This weekend marks the official kickoff of the 2018 holiday customer fulfillment surge period which will once again test months of planning and investment in various people, process and technology deployment areas to manage expected high shipment volumes.

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Noteworthy Announcement from JD.com- Supporting Domestic China Parcel Delivery

Chinese online commerce provider JD.com made what Supply Chain Matters views as a noteworthy announcement, namely that the E-commerce provider will leverage its own deployed logistics capabilities to offer parcel delivery services across select areas of China to a broader population of consumers and businesses.

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United States Postal Service Proposing Rate Hikes for Amazon and Other Parcel Carriers

The United States Postal Service (USPS), bowing to political headwinds, is proposing a 9 to 12 percent increase in shipping rates for the agency’s Parcel Select services that cater to parcel delivery providers Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and others.

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Upcoming Holiday Fulfillment Period Provides Added Challenges and New Opportunities

Consumer confidence remains strong and forecasts for the upcoming holiday period remain positive. However, B2C and B2B online fulfillment will face added challenges in the coming weeks recruiting added labor, implementing new online fulfillment processes, and securing added resources. This may well be a period where investments in advanced technology can pay dividends.

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Walmart’s Blockchain Technology Mandate- Have Prior Mandates Provided Industry Learning

Walmart has declared yet another supply network technology mandate and the open question is whether prior learning, technology maturity and needs for industry buy-in have provided necessary learning. In this industry analyst editorial commentary, Supply Chain Matters explores the purpose, actions, industry governance and technology considerations that involve such mandates.

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