Category: Inventory Management

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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Apple’s Fiscal Q4 2018 Financial Performance- The Building Realities Hardware Supply Network Segmentation Strategy

Apple stock is in a current downspin after reporting its best quarterly financial performance in the history of the company. With a concern and focus on whether the company’s future iPhone’s strategy will be lower volume, higher margin hardware and related services generated margins, the implication for the supply network segmentation and supplier relationship strategies remain concerning.

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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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The Rebranding of APICS- What is This All About?

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a perspective commentary regarding this week’s announcement of the rebranding of the APICS professional education organization to the Association for Supply Management (ASCM).

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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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