Archive for Replenishment – Page 2

The Darwinian Supply Chain

Supply chain processes have existed since Eve brought the forbidden apple to Adam, even though the term supply chain is a relatively recent one. Over the millennia since, supply chains have evolved at an ever-greater pace. During the long evolution of the supply chain there have been certain inflection points where significant change happens fairly quickly. We are in the midst of one such inflection point right now, with another one just around the corner. […]

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ProMat 2015: There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Cat

There is more than one way to skin a cat.  And the fat cat at ProMat is the high-volume of small, multi-line item orders being fulfilled by today’s distribution operations. ProMat 2015 has 808 exhibitors (and 35,000 attendees), so It’s difficult to boil down such a large and diverse set of offerings to one concept, but the changing fulfillment requirements driven by e-commerce is the closest thing to it. The warehouse automation and software vendors at […]

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The Role 3PLs and Value-Added Services Play in an Omni-Channel Retail Supply Chain

In our world of technological innovation, the pressure to provide consumers with faster and more efficient levels of service is mounting, and retail manufacturers are feeling the impact. Gone are the days when consumers’ only options were limited to visiting brick-and-mortar stores to shop. Today, if they still choose to shop at a physical store, they arrive armed with a knowledge of products, prices, and services that is acquired in the comfort of their homes […]

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Warehouse Automation Makes e-Commerce Viable

In 2012, Amazon spent $775 million to acquire Kiva Systems, a distribution center robotics developer with about $100 million in revenues. Yes, that is a valuation multiple of seven times revenues. This is the most succinct way I can express the importance of warehouse automation to the e-commerce channel. ARC is currently producing a market outlook study on the global warehouse automation & control market. This research project evolved from our interest in the evolution […]

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NRF 2015: Big Data, Inventory Centralization, and the Cloud

Another year, another NRF Big Show in the books. Not surprisingly, the typical buzz words were thrown around a lot again this year – omni-channel, integration, mobile, etc. But there were three main themes that popped up in just about every meeting I sat through, and I could hear people talking about them as they walked the floor: big data, inventory centralization, and the cloud. These three themes were everywhere, and for good reason. As […]

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Most Popular Logistics Viewpoints Blogs of 2014

The Logistics Viewpoints team thought our readers would be interested in seeing what 2014 posts obtained the most views over the year. The posts from the beginning of the year often obtain the most views because they’ve been visible for a longer period of time. However, this year’s most popular article was posted less than one month ago! Bobby Miller, an executive from Ortec, authored “How to Avoid Dimensional Weight Pricing Cost Spike.”  This article […]

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In-store Shopping Apps and the New Grocery Supply Chain

Over a decade ago, trade journals were talking about smart grocery carts.  These grocery carts would have a computer attached to it that could assist consumers in shopping by providing coupons, the location of an item the shopper wants to buy, and even an accelerated check out process if the shopper scanned the items into the cart.  Meanwhile, the smart cart would allow the retailer to generate detailed data on their shoppers buying behavior, details […]

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When did Supply Chain Solutions Become Mature?

I am not sure exactly when it happened, but one day I woke up and realized that supply chain solutions such as warehouse management systems (WMS) are finally considered “mature” software applications. Being in the logistics Industry for 45 years, this was quite an epiphany for me. I spent my early years working with companies that wanted a “build to specification” solution, which required a lot of product customizations. I guess you could blame it […]

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7-Eleven and Exel Deliver Fresh Food Daily

In today’s competitive environment, more and more companies are placing increased focus on the processes that best support their competitive positioning. Concurrently, these same organizations are shifting responsibility for other processes to specialist organizations. The increased use of 3PLs for transportation, warehousing, and fulfillment is one example of this trend in specialization. The partnership between 7-Eleven and Exel in the fresh food channel is an interesting example of logistics outsourcing that has enhanced fulfillment processes […]

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Insights from CSCMP Annual Conference – Warehouse Management Track

Early this morning I arrived home from the CSCMP Annual Global Conference, held in Sand Antonio, Texas. The conference is still going on as I write this post, and will be concluding later today. This was my first time attending the CSCMP conference, and I was pleasantly surprised at the breadth of topics covered in the sessions. Also, the educational and collegial atmosphere was refreshing. The sessions I attended were interesting and informative. I found […]

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