Author: Bob Ferrari

Another Optimistic Forecast for 2019 U.S. Retail Sales

The National Retail Federation is forecasting that U.S. retail sales for 2019 will increase between 3.9 percent and 4.4 percent despite some economic cautions. Retail industry customer fulfillment and supply chain management teams should likely be preparing for another active year but with continency planning in-place.

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Report Indicates Foxconn Was Reconsidering Plans for Wisconsin Manufacturing Facility

An exclusive published report from Reuters indicates that Apple’s prime contract manufacturer Foxconn was reconsidering plans for its proposed Wisconsin manufacturing facility. The motivations and implications are what we believe to be a further reinforcement that fast-moving changes are underway in high tech and consumer electronics supply and customer demand network strategies.

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Amazon’s Assault on Direct Logistics and Transportation Services Far More Visible

More evidence indicates that Amazon is phasing-in integrated logistics and last-mile fulfillment capabilities that will challenge current industry practices. The strategy reflects the same business strategies that involve a multi-merchant online shopping platform and generic computing capability via Amazon Web Services.

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