Category: Retail Supply Chain

This Turbulent Week in Brexit Events and Consequent Multi-industry Supply Chain Disruption Planning

The Supply Chain Matters blog updates readers on a turbulent week of Brexit related developments and on the implications for multi-industry supply chain scenario contingency planning.

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Additional Background Related to Kroeger’s Investment in Future Online Fulfillment Capabilities

The Supply Chain Matters blog updates readers on additional information related to U.S. supermarket retailer Kroeger’s initiatives to leverage Ocado robotics technology in a network of automated online fulfillment warehouses.

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Multiple Romaine Lettuce Product Recalls: U.S. Joint Regulatory Investigations Provide Ample Evidence to Problem Statements. Is the Answer a Specific Technology?

The latest U.S. government investigative report on the series of contaminated romaine lettuce incidents during 2018 has prompted Supply Chain Matters Editor Bob Ferrari to comment on where technology can play an important role. The answer is not Blockchain alone but in a full understanding of the problem to be solved and the benefits for all stakeholders.

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Kraft Heinz Stunning Financial Stumble- A Watershed Industry Development

The Supply Chain Matters blog reflects on this week’s stunning financial performance disclosures from Kraft Heinz and how consumer products supply chain management teams can now hopefully move forward with required investments in instilling demand and supply network agility and augmented responsiveness to a totally change business model.

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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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Amazon’s Assault on Direct Logistics and Transportation Services Far More Visible

More evidence indicates that Amazon is phasing-in integrated logistics and last-mile fulfillment capabilities that will challenge current industry practices. The strategy reflects the same business strategies that involve a multi-merchant online shopping platform and generic computing capability via Amazon Web Services.

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