Category: Omni-Channel Commerce Supply Chain Impacts

The Darker Sides of Amazon’s Work Culture Becoming More Visible

These past weeks, there have been a lot of not so flattering news concerning Amazon and its work-related management practices. As a supply chain management focused blog, we are compelled to highlight the concerning as well as any positive trends.

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Digital Platforms and Disruption Innovation Respond to Increased Supply Chain Alignment Needs

An ageless tenet of responsive supply chain management is in efforts to overcome frequent imbalances in either fulfilling customer demand or supply network response. New advanced technology-enabled capabilities are now being introduced to provide various businesses augmented tools and capabilities to overcome and more quickly mitigate information and decision-making needs related to customer demand and supply network response limitations.

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Introducing OpenText Business Network as a Sponsor of the Supply Chain Matters Blog

The Supply Chain Matters blog is pleased to announce to our global-based readership audience that OpenText and the OpenText Business Network will be our newest Sustained sponsor of this independent thought leadership blog in 2018/2019.

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Oracle Extends Cloud-based Transportation and Global Trade Support Capabilities

Oracle announced this month the latest quarterly releases of Oracle Transportation Management Cloud and Oracle Trade Management Cloud. The quarterly release is noteworthy because of the current increased challenges, uncertainties and event volatility occurring in each of these key supply chain management business process support areas.

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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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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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The Amazon Effect Takes on Broader Cloud IT and Online Retail Industry Scalability Dimensions

The termed “Amazon Effect” takes on many dimensions not only from the all-important retail industry business and supply chain impacts, but in broader dimensions as-well. That increasingly includes both changes in Cloud computing platform selection and signs that Amazon’s own IT systems have new vulnerabilities

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CEVA Logistics and CMA CGM Initiate Strategic Equity Partnership

CEVA Logistics, a globally focused, asset-light, third-party logistics provider (3PL), has announced that global shipping line CMA CGM has obtained all regulatory approvals required in connection with its investment in CEVA and will become a 24.99 percent shareholder in CEVA. This announcement has significance because it represents further evidence of ocean container carriers branching out into the ability to provided added logistics and inter-modal services for shipping customers.

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The State of Logistics- The Obvious in Numbers and in Implications

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides its annual summary, perspectives and takeaways regarding the release of the 29th Annual State of Logistics report. In short, industry business as usual practices are no longer an option given the current trajectory of trends.

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Toys ‘R’ Us Liquidation- Another Painful Lesson for Suppliers

The announced bankruptcy of toy retailer Toys ‘R’ Us has taken the retail industry aback from many different implications both retail and supply chain related. Perhaps the most troubling relates to supplier inventory policies, which will have more pronounced longer-term inferences for suppliers large and small.

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2018 Prediction Deep-Dive: Transportation Carrier Network and Third-Party Logistics Strategies Turn Towards Achieving Added Scale

Supply Chain Matters continues a series of deep-dives into our 2018 Predictions of Industry and Global Supply Chains with a perspective on global transportation network and third-party logistics strategies. This prediction has had special significance with ongoing developments already occurring in 2018.

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