Archive for Retail

This Week in Logistics News (September 26 – October 2)

Sunday night brought a lunar eclipse. But this wasn’t any ordinary lunar eclipse. This was a total lunar eclipse of a super moon (a super full moon). A rising super full moon looks much larger than a normal full moon as it is closer to the Earth. Total eclipses of super full moons are not exactly common. In fact, the last one occurred in 1982 and the next will not occur until October 8, 2033. […]

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Guest Commentary: Have You Black-Friday-Proofed Your Supply Chain?

It’s a rite of passage for the most serious of shoppers. Black Friday. It conjures up images of long lines of intrepid bargain-hunters camped out overnight. Stampedes when the doors open. And frenzied crowds ready to drop-kick their way to door-busting prices on the year’s hottest products. Aside from the sheer entertainment (or blood sport) value, Black Friday marks more than the start of the holiday season when retailers make most of their annual profits. […]

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Guest Commentary: Logistics Management Challenges for SMBs

With Memorial Day only a few weeks away, and summer fast approaching, many companies will begin finalizing plans for enhancements or changes to their supply chain to better prepare for the holiday season. The current supply chain challenges aren’t limited to large enterprise organizations – small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are also feeling the pressure to ensure they can manage inventory and ship product in a way that meets customer expectations and satisfaction, while keeping […]

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Vignettes from JDA FOCUS 2013

Last week, I attended JDA’s user conference, JDA FOCUS 2013. There were more than 2,600 attendees there — a bigger event than last year because of the JDA/RedPrairie acquisition. One of the things I value about this conference is not only the opportunity to listen to smart customers talk, but also having conversations with some of JDA’s sharp executives who test my thinking. Here were some interesting tidbits: A top executive from Walmart gave a […]

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Retailer Takes New Approach to Optimizing Direct-to-Consumer Warehouse Operations

A few months ago, I talked to a specialty retailer that operates both stores and a direct-to-consumer channel. Five years ago the company decided to bring its direct-to-consumer operation in-house and it built a 500,000 square foot distribution center (DC). The retailer implemented VARGO’s COFE warehouse control system (WCS) to increase warehouse efficiencies at this DC and to help decrease its overall cost of the project. COFE (Continuous Order Fulfillment Enterprise) was designed with an […]

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Macy’s Wins with Omni-channel Fulfillment

Last week Macy’s, the department chain retailer, announced its fourth quarter results. The company has done well in a tepid economic environment. Macy’s has been beating estimates for same-store sales for several months, posting year-over-year comparable store sales growth of 3.7 percent. In its peer group, Macy’s is one of the industry’s star performers. As Chief Financial Officer Karen Hoguet made clear in her call with financial analysts, Macy’s omni-channel strategy is one of three […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 28 – February 1, 2013)

Wow, 2013 is already one-twelfth over. With no time to waste, let’s go straight to the news… Manhattan Associates Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Performance UPS Achieves Record Earnings Per Share UPS Announces Withdrawal of Offer for TNT Express ATA Asks FMCSA to Delay New Driver Hours Rule (JOC) NRF Forecasts 3.4% Increase In Retail Sales For 2013 November 2012 U.S. Surface Transportation Trade with Canada and Mexico Totaled $81.5 Billion EU, […]

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This Week in Logistics News (January 14-18, 2013)

Countless: the number of double spaces after periods I’ve had to delete as an editor over the years. Last weekend, Slate republished a much discussed article from two years ago titled, “Space Invaders: Why You Should Never, Ever Use Two Spaces After a Period.” If you are guilty of this writing crime, please read the article, and in the spirit of Lean and continuous improvement, stop adding that extra space. In this week’s news… SAP […]

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Robots and the Future of Retail and Logistics Jobs

The new inventory manager at the Carnegie Mellon University campus store is short, likes to wear hooded sweatshirts, and doesn’t talk much. And he’s a robot. As reported in a recent MIT Technology Review article, the robot called AndyVision “scans the shelves to generate a real-time interactive map of the store, which customers can browse via an in-store screen. At the same time, the robot performs a detailed inventory check, identifying each item on the […]

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Guest Commentary: Mining More Profits From Your Inventory

Every business wants the highest yield or gross margin return on investment possible for its inventory dollar. Whether you’re in retail or wholesale, inventory is often the single largest, continuous investment you make and the ultimate goal is to make that investment work for you. But what is the right approach? For example, you ship to your stores two times per week—is that the best schedule? Or you need six units on hand to make […]

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