Archive for Home Depot

Recent Supply Chain Case Studies from Logistics Viewpoints

I recently attempted to read a white paper from McKinsey that talked about the value a digitization program can provide; the problem was that after reading the article for ten minutes I still had no idea how they defined “digitization.” Sometimes I get fed up with theory. What follows are ten supply chain case studies published over the last year in Logistics Viewpoints that provide a practical approach to improving supply chain capabilities. Click on […]

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Home Depot Grows Revenues by Investing in Time Definite Deliveries

Most companies invest in transportation management solutions to cut costs. Home Depot has proven that investing in this can improve service and grow revenues. This article describes the path they took to put this business case together.

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HP and Home Depot Receive Recognition for Excellence in Transportation Sustainability

In the last few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to speak to two of the three large shippers that were SmartWay Excellence awardees.  I spoke to Ron Guzzi the Senior Manager of Transportation Carrier Relations and Sourcing at Home Depot.  I also spoke to Blair Chikasuye, the Global Logistics Environment Manager at Hewlett-Packard (HP), about their transportation related sustainability initiatives. The SmartWay Program is a voluntary collaboration between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Natural […]

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This Week in Logistics News (December 9-13, 2013)

Same-day delivery (or is it shipping?) and global trade dominated the news this week, so let’s take a look. Home Depot To Offer Same Day Delivery (Wall Street Journal) Retailers Turn Store Clerks Into Web Shippers (Wall Street Journal) WTO overcomes last minute hitch to reach its first global trade deal (Reuters) U.S.-Japan Impasse Dogs Pan-Pacific Trade Talks (Wall Street Journal) XPO Logistics Agrees to Acquire NLM Freight Shipments Fell 0.7% in October from September […]

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Amazon vs. Walmart: E-Fulfillment vs. Omni-Channel Logistics

There were two recent stories about Amazon vs. Walmart when WalMart announced it was opening two new distribution centers to fill e-commerce orders. One story, in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), got it mostly wrong (Wal-Mart Builds Warehouse for Web Orders), and a story in USA Today got it mostly right (Retail stores become shipping hubs to battle Amazon). Here are some excerpts from the WSJ article: [Walmart is] building a pair of dedicated warehouses […]

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Best Buy Embraces Omni-Channel Commerce

Big box retailers are facing pressure from two directions, Walmart’s low prices and Amazon’s e-commerce driven convenience. These retailers are in the process of reinventing themselves by embracing omni-channel commerce, which aims to deliver a seamless consumer shopping experience through all available channels — i.e., mobile devices, personal computers, bricks-and-mortar stores, catalogs, and so forth. A few weeks ago I wrote about how Home Depot is approaching this challenge. I recently came across a Wired […]

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Home Depot Drops the “E” Off of E-Commerce

At a Home Depot Investor Conference, Hal Lawton, President of Home Depot’s Online Business, said “approximately 50 percent of our sales involve online research at some point in the shopping process. And another key fact is that almost one in every four store shoppers have previously been on homedepot.com before purchasing in our store. It’s for this reason that we have dropped the ‘e’ off of e-commerce.” Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, […]

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