Archive for Retail

NRF 2018: IoT and Fulfillment for the Customer Experience

Earlier this week, I attended the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Big Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, NY. This marked the tenth straight year that I have attended the event as an analyst. Over the years, certain key themes have emerged, and many of those themes have remained in place each and every year. Namely, these themes and trends include omni-channel (or at the least the evolution from multi-channel to cross-channel to […]

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The Amazon Supply Chain: The Most Innovative in the World?

Is the Amazon supply chain the most innovative in the world?  A very strong argument can be made that it is just based on their activities of the last year.

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Top 10 Logistics Stories of 2017

2017 is just about in the books, and it has been a busy year for the supply chain industry. Let’s look back at ten of the top logistics stories of the year. Drones 2017 has been the year of the drone. There’s been a lot of interest in using drones for last mile deliveries. In the US, an easing of FAA regulations could finally make it a reality, which is good news for the likes […]

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2017 Holiday Planning Guide

Now that Halloween is behind us, the time has come to focus on bigger things: the 2017 holiday season. Retail imports have been on the rise as the industry braces for the busiest time of the year. The National Retail Federation’s (NRF) latest projections call for a 3.6 to 4 percent increase in holiday sales for 2017 over the same period in 2016. That makes for a total of $678.75 billion to $682 billion, up […]

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Omni-Channel Profitability Through Inventory Optimization

The challenges involved in achieving omni-channel profitability are not new. By now, the difficulties of executing on the omni-channel retail promise are well-known, as is the importance of delivering on this promise for consumers whose demands continue to rise. E-commerce advances, both in terms of market share and technology, have created the expectation that consumers can receive their purchases when and how they want them, no matter what they’re after – “out of stock” is […]

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The Real Value of Logistics Solutions May Not Be in Logistics

Most logistics technology projects have their return-on-investment (ROI) center around the benefit they provide to the logistics organization. That is far from the complete picture.

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Prices that Walmart Can’t Touch

Lidl has opened up its first store in the US. Walmart has a reputation for low cost, Amazon for low cost and a wide assortment. But based on what I’ve seen, they can’t touch Lidl’s prices. There is a supply chain story here.

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Blue Apron and the Subscription Retail Supply Chain

The subscription retail model is not a new concept. The first basic model I can think of is a magazine subscription – a new magazine came every month unless you canceled your subscription. The first subscription service I used was Netflix, way back when the company only shipped DVD’s to your house. However, as the digital age took over, I moved over to the streaming format, and no longer have movies shipped to my house. […]

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Amazon and Walmart: The Next Big Rivalry

Growing up in the greater Boston area, I’m quite familiar with rivalries. Rivalries are simply a way of life here. There’s Red Sox – Yankees, Lakers – Celtics, Bruins – Canadiens, Patriots – Roger Goodell, Space Savers – Non Space Savers during winter storms, Dunkin’ Donuts – Starbucks, Mike’s – Modern, and the list goes on. Over the last couple of months, another rivalry has been taking center stage though: Amazon – Walmart. Amazon has […]

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Walmart Fights Back Against Amazon

Wall Street believes Amazon is winning the retail war with Walmart. Amazon’s market cap is twice that of Walmart, despite being a much smaller and less profitable company than Walmart. Wall Street values the growth of the ecommerce giant over the size and clout of the world’s largest retailer. In the last few years, Walmart has invested billions to up their multi-channel capabilities. Multi-channel involves the combination of stores and a web/ecommerce presence, the ability […]

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