Category: Omni-Channel Commerce Supply Chain Impacts

Shopify on a Mission to be an Amazon Alternative

Supply chain technology industry analyst and market influencer Bob Ferrari shares highlights of an interview held with online B2C technology provider Shopify’s Director of the Shopify Fulfillment Network. This provider has experienced explosive growth as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and has established aggressive future growth plans.

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The Notions of Retailer Target’s Online Fulfillment Business Transformation

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides added commentary to retailer Target’s ability to benefit from a four-year journey of online fulfillment business transformation, while overcoming traditional industry thinking, providing the leadership to make appropriate decisions and the wisdom to stay the course.

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Workforce Realignment and Restructuring Across Global Logistics and Retail Customer Fulfillment

The Supply Chain Matters blog highlights announcements, each within a one-week period, with a common theme of technology driven workforce realignment. These announcements involve global container shipping line Maersk, parcel delivery provider UPS, physical store and online customer fulfillment last-mile delivery involving Amazon and Walmart. The pervasive movement toward online driven fulfillment has many implications and many interpretations, and these types of announcements will likely continue.

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Home Improvement Retailer Home Depot Benefits from COVID-19 Demand

The Supply Chain Matters blog calls reader attention to home improvement retailer Home Depot whom this week reported record quarterly sales growth and operational performance.

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The Stakes for US Online Retail Dominance Become Far More Visible- The Operational Test

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides a follow-up commentary added more perspective to Amazon’s recent blowout financial performance despite significant operational challenges. Further observed is how other online providers who made up-front investments were also able to benefit financially.

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The 2020 State of U.S. Logistics- Battered, Broken and Now Resilience Driven

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The Supply Chain Matters blog provides highlights and added perspectives to this week’s released 31st Annual State of Logistics Report, prepared by consulting firm Kearney and presented by Penske Logistics. The themes are that of battered, broken and now resilience driven U.S. logistics industry.

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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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Review of Q1-2020 Economic and April Supply Chain Activity Levels

The Supply Chain Matters blog features capsule reviews of reported Q1-2020 global economic and April 2020 supply chain activity levels 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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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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Announcing General Availability of 2020 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains

The Ferrari Consulting and Research Group and the Supply Chain Matters blog jointly announce that our annual research report, 2020 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains is now available for complimentary downloading.

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