Category: Inventory Management

Added Political Developments Related to Brexit Add to Uncertainties

The Supply Chain Matters blog updates readers on added developments related to Brexit and their impacts on multi-industry supply chain contingency plans.

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Supply Chain Matters Highlights of Oracle Modern Business Experience Conference- Part Three

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a series of highlights and insights from attendance at the 2019 Oracle Modern Business Experience (MBX) conference. Part Three update readers on new customer adoption milestones and developments for various application offerings within Oracle SCM Cloud.

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Potential Pause in Trade Deadlines Not a Time for Supply Network Teams to Rest Easy

Global based supply chain management teams likely exhibited some relief this week regarding important postponements to global trade and tariff actions. Supply Chain Matters is of the view that this is just a pause, and that further diligence will be required.

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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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Smarter Inventory Management Will be One of the Key Competencies for Retailers in the Coming Year

While the nation’s retailers gather in New York City this week to attend the National Retail Federation’s 2019 Annual Conference, the Supply Chain Matters blog declares that inventory management will be one of the key competencies for retailers this year.

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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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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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