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Retail Omni-Channel Logistics: What Does Macy’s News Mean?

Sometimes when giant corporations make an announcement or negative information is made public it can essentially show that the “writing is on the wall” for the industry.  The accounting fraud perpetuated by Enron that made headlines in 2001 led the way for other major economic scandals from Worldcom and Tyco.  The recent news from Macy’s, while not scandal related, could signal lead the way for similar changes in their industry. The retail giant recently announced that they would be closing dozens of brick and mortar stores around the country.  However, while it could be assumed that this is a red herring for major retail outlets, quite the opposite is true.  In November and December of 2015 macys.com and bloomingdales.com had 17 million orders.  This was a 25% increase over the same time period in 2014.  A recent article from Multichannel Merchant details what Macy’s recent announcement means for the state of omni-channel logistics.  Click this link to read more about omnichannel logistics.

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Retail Inventory Management: End-to-End Solutions for Lower Costs

Retail sales is facing more challenges and competition than ever before. Customers demand more options at lower prices from more places. Addressing how these demands affect your supply chain can be difficult, but ignoring effective inventory management can be just as costly.

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Holiday E-Commerce Shopping Predictions

The jack-o-lanterns have been replaced by pilgrims, turkeys and cornucopias. That can only mean one thing; the holidays, like it or not, have arrived.  And while this season provides all sorts of holiday magic, it also requires fighting parking lots, long lines and scouring empty shelves; or at least it used to.  More people than ever before will be shopping from their laptops, tablets and phones this year.  In fact, according to Forrester Research, consumers are expected to spend $89 billion online this holiday season, a 13% increase over 2013.  For more on this potentially record breaking shopping season, check out this article from Mashable.

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Retail Supply Chain & Hot Dogs: The Perfect Logistics Analogy

Is there anything more American than spending a summer day at the ballpark watching baseball and eating a perfectly crafted Chicago style hot dog? This question conjures up an array of delightful memories for most, but one thought that undoubtedly never transpires is, “How was this hot dog made?”  If you are like most, you don’t care about all of the details of how the hot dog is made, but you do care that it tastes great.  The same core philosophy holds true with retail logistics.  Everyone expects product to be in the right place at the right time, and they are not as concerned about what it takes to get it there.

Like a Chicago style hot dog, the retail supply chain is more complex than many realize.  One single item passes through numerous hands and processes before being placed inside a retail store or on a consumer’s doorstep.  Manufacturers, merchandisers, vendors, distributors, and carriers all play a vital role in ensuring the timely and accurate delivery to the retail establishment.  While this relationship sounds simplistic, it is indeed quite complex as there are many factors that contribute to the ultimate goal of timely and accurate delivery. 

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