Category: Retail Supply Chain

Amazon’s Acquisition of Zoox- All about Robotic Taxi Delivery

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides commentary and perspective to the announcement by Amazon that the global online buying retailer will acquire autonomous driving technology provider Zoox for an estimated price of $1.2 billion.

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Kinaxis Announced Acquisition of Rubikloud Technologies- Enhanced Machine Learning and Retail Industry Presence

Supply chain management technology industry analyst Bob Ferrari highlights the announced acquisition by supply chain planning technology provider Kinaxis of artificial intelligence technology provider Rubikloud Technologies providing readers additional background and initial perspectives related to this move.

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Fast Fashion Creator Zara Begins Pivot to the Future of Post COVID-19 Retailing

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights reports that fast fashion retailer Zara is pivoting its business and supply network response strategy to the future of post COVID-19 retailing.

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COVID-19 Higher Online Shipping Volumes Invoke More Bottlenecks and Added Costs as Carriers Add New Surcharges

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the surge in online ordering activity is taxing carrier networks and performance, and how UPS and FedEx are instituting added surcharges or daily shipping volume restrictions. The result is invariably higher costs for online services for major retailers.

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Target’s Q1 Financial Performance- Prior Investments in Omni Channel Online Fulfillment Capabilities Payoff

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights U.S. retailer Target Corporation’s reported Q1 financial performance that clearly points to online shopping leadership, process and people investments paying off in responding to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. Once more, the retailer’s strategic investment in online order fulfillment from individual stores made its mark.

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Walmart Fiscal Q1 Financial Performance- Online Capabilities Boost Revenues and Agility

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights retailer Walmart’s fiscal Q1 financial performance and how online fulfillment readiness helped to boost top-line revenue growth in an extremely challenging retail environment. That stated, new challenges remain.

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COVID-19 Disruption: Review of First Quarter 2020 Industry Supply Chain Response

The Supply Chain Matters blog features capsule reviews of reported Q1-2020 industry financial and business challenges to provide readers broader perspective from a supply chain management lens as to what the post COVID-19 planning and operational environment will present in the coming months.

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Noted Amazon Development Executive Resigns Over Online Provider’s Social Responsibility Actions

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights a published report by The Washington Post indicating that a well-regarded Amazon software development leader, and technical vice presidential role, has resigned over the online provider’s recent practices in firing protesting warehouse workers as well as internal employee protests regarding the company’s actions in areas of climate change.

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COVID-19 Response- An Opportunity Lost for Many Online Grocery and Food Delivery Providers

The Supply Chain Matters blog addresses a likely opportunity lost for many online food and grocery providers in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. As with the majority of ongoing developments related to the COVID-19 global pandemic, industry supply chains are succumbing both on the customer demand and supply aspects of respective fulfillment networks.

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Amazon Succumbs to Fear Based Buying – Announces Revised Inventory Management Practices and Added Hiring

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a commentary focused on Amazon.com and the online retailer’s succumbing to COVID-19 fear-based buying. Announced are efforts to temporarily revise inventory management policies and add upwards of 100,000 additional workers.

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