Supply chain disruptions and other challenges are forcing retailers to find new ways to respond to demand surges, whether they’re anticipated or not. Here’s how they make sure they capture the sale.
Get ready for another rollercoaster year. From limited transportation capacity to skyrocketing material costs to continuing supply chain disruption, here’s what to expect and what to do about it.
From The Home Depot's same-day delivery strategy to paint demand spilling over, here's what's trending in the DIY and home improvement supply chain.
Supply chains breakdown in different ways, and each type of risk needs its own mitigation strategy.
Our "new normal" global consumption reality won't be ending soon. It's not just e-commerce—other factors augment long-term stress on your ability to marshal supplies and source transport to serve customers.
"Inbound logistics" doesn't sound odd now. But in 1980, it was counterculture. Today, many call this approach supply chain management or the demand-driven enterprise. No matter what you call it, the benefits and value are clear.
COVID-19 created a whole new world of retail, with more online orders, increased transparency, and a focus on scalable redundancy. Retailers that meet these three goals may have a joyful holiday season after all.
In an volatile economic environment, shippers need reliable, cost-effective solutions to meet customer demand. Dedicated transportation solutions, which mitigate capacity risk and improve on-time delivery, can offer a solution.
To safeguard customer loyalty and drive sustainably innovative solutions, some supply chain experts are turning to the design thinking methodology, which focuses on four crucial behaviors.
Verst Logistics helped an arts and crafts supplies company address peak season challenges and growing sales by expanding its supply chain capabilities.
A premium CPG company turned to Hub Group to develop a dynamic solution to eliminate supply chain inefficiencies and support a surge in volume.
Shippers can take these five operations-focused actions to build resilience and pave the way for success as they shift into the "operate" phase of the COVID-19 crisis—not only to efficiently operate in this new business environment, but also to prepare for the next phases of the crisis.
With their temperature-controlled mugs in high demand on a global scale, manufacturer Ember turned to SEKO Logistics to handle an influx of orders and help establish a supply chain.
When consumers are ravenous for a trendy food or beverage, whether an unexpected, one-time jump or a seasonal occurrence, supply chain professionals can meet demand and boost sales by leveraging analytics to more accurately forecast demand shifts and working closely with business partners to expand capacity.
Readers weigh in on the Popeyes chicken sandwich shortage: Was it a supply chain miss or a marketing ploy?
It is exactly the wrong time to abandon a demand-driven approach to the supply chain.
Customers expect immediate access to goods and services, and convenient delivery options. In short, it’s an on-demand economy. Companies must adapt and start optimizing their supply chains to stay competitive. Here’s how.
Bedoukian Research improves forecasting, demand planning, inventory management, and logistics processes with the help of Smart Software.
Retailers are implementing technology to more accurately forecast demand.
Inbound Logistics’ annual Logistics Technology Perspectives offers market research to help IT buyers and users make better sense of what’s going on in the industry. And, the Top 100 Logistics Technology Providers list celebrates best-in-class innovators that are helping shippers revolutionize their supply chains.
Christopher McGovern, vice president, supply chain management at Aero Precision, knows the importance of communication and data collection.
Investments in technology might just be the way to save Christmas.
Transportation forecasting lets shippers collaborate with carriers to identify capacity gaps and reallocate assets.
Special print production needs prompted DC Comics to seek an overseas partner and rework its logistics.
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Faced with processing more than 63,000 orders each year, the Manitoba Liquor Control Commission turned to Aldata’s merchandizing optimization and demand-based replenishment.
In the midst of organizational change, furniture retailer Design Within Reach upgrades its demand forecasting and replenishment system to better control inventory.
Polymer and fibers manufacturer INVISTA turned to a new inventory planning tool to meet recessionary challenges.
Amazon’s amazing levels of industrial absorption is just the beginning of a greater evolution of how brick-and-mortar retail, distribution and even manufacturing will continue to evolve.
Verst’s partnership with Locus Robotics addresses labor challenges by using computer-guided bots, enabling Verst to fill orders faster and with greater accuracy.
To achieve success in today’s volatile global environment, there is a need to have a more “outside-in” approach using information from your extended supply chain to maximize customer value and overall supply chain surplus.
One roadblock to quickness and precision is a lack of visibility. To overcome this challenge, businesses are leveraging data analytics powered by the right technology.
Visibility is absolutely vital to any business striving to achieve agility and resiliency, and the vulnerabilities that can follow. The good news is that these vulnerabilities can be addressed by taking four necessary steps toward achieving agility and resiliency.
The new National Freight Strategic Plan lays out a vision for long-term investments in infrastructure, the workforce, and other essential parts of the freight system aimed at strengthening the nation’s competitiveness.
When we started Inbound Logistics in 1981, the latest technology was using fax machines to distribute routing guides to vendors. Forty years later, we've advanced to using technology in a pivotal year, empowering the demand-driven enterprise.
A look at some of the strategies that shippers and their 3PL partners use to provide end customers with an excellent experience.
The holiday retail season will play out in one of two ways sales-wise, both of which are lower than prior years. The gift that keeps on giving? E-commerce sales.
Bicycle manufacturers and retailers race to catch up to surging demand as consumer behaviors shift gears.
Leaders share best practices for sharpening digital strategy, developing resilience, and improving visibility as shippers re-engage in trade and navigate COVID-19 uncertainty.
Although shippers should be prepared to see varying results compared to their original 2020 goals, a recovery in consumer demand is not too far away.
Consumers are planning to do their holiday shopping mostly from home and earlier this year, presenting big challenges for distribution centers.
Responding to consumer demand for healthful options—and beef shortages—brands cook up plant-based meat alternatives while trying to avoid getting burned by supply chain challenges.
Take a look at how consumer shopping behaviors changed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other trends impacting the home goods industry.
When their client pivoted to make a low-cost, readily available bed to quickly serve those on the front lines, SEKO Logistics rapidly set up distribution operations to meet urgent demand.
As the COVID-19 pandemic redefines consumer behaviors, some nostalgic supply chain practices are making a comeback.
With the increased demand for essential supplies across the country, Hub Group’s collaboration with multiple retailers has helped suppliers deliver critical loads quickly and safely.
We asked and you answered—this is how you think shippers should adjust their supply chain strategy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the holidays, my wife and I decided to give ourselves the gift of a new couch. Because I work in transportation and logistics, I knew that constraints up and down the supply chain easily could result in a long delivery lead time. So it was a pleasant surprise when the home furnishings company said to expect the couch in about three weeks.
The past year has opened the door to many risks and response strategies that supply chain leaders must keep top of mind when making critical inventory, demand, logistics, and pricing decisions.
Profile of Alexi Cashen, co-founder and CEO of Elenteny Imports
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the demand for more robust and responsive logistics, with more consumers and businesses expecting just-in-time delivery or products shipped directly to their front doors. One option is utilizing third-party logistics (3PL) suppliers to move and transport excess raw material or finished goods.
Supply chain leaders answer this month's Good Question, discussing whether brick-and-mortar retail can make a comeback.
The continued proliferation of third-party fulfillment options means Amazon and its shipping partners—FedEx, UPS, USPS, DHL, and regional couriers—will have a hard time keeping up with the volume. Will the trend continue? Here are some predictions for 2021.
There’s no single action that can prevent another supply chain crisis like the one brought on by the pandemic. However, certain measures can mitigate the impact of the pandemic and any other catastrophic disruptions.
With coffee consumption outstripping production, coffee purveyors blend sourcing creativity with more delivery options to match percolating demand.
Returns have become an integral part of online shopping. In order to ensure no delays in the return supply chain and give customers a first-class experience, retailers need a robust returns platform.
The maritime industry navigated stormy seas during the pandemic, but emerging technologies, increasing volumes, and new strategies point to a ship-shape future.
As soon as a flower is picked at the farm, floral logistics blooms into a complex arrangement of proper packaging, refrigeration, and speed—especially during the holidays.
Calculating the coverage rate and the turnover rate are excellent ways to add resiliency to your supply chain. To do this you will need a solution in which you can accurately track data in real time.
Given this new normal, what are global supply chains to do? How are they supposed to keep inbound goods flowing, deliver products, and reduce bottom-line risk? Now that your expectations are realistic, let’s dive into a few actions you should take this holiday season.
Before COVID-19 struck, supply chains were praised for their just-in-time capabilities. Now entirely new levels of supply chain resilience are needed, according to the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals' 2020 report.
With great adversity comes great creativity—that’s how Annette Danek-Akey, EVP of supply chain at Penguin Random House, helped quickly convert a new facility into a picking and shipping point to meet the fluctuating demand for books.
During the lockdown, some subscription services unboxed a demand surge while others were forced to close the flaps. Here's how successful services deliver the goods.
Leadership profile of Robert Johnson, CFO and COO of Future Tech Enterprise.
To better weather the next supply chain disruption, organizations should consider these five ways to enhance day-to-day planning and improve shock resilience.
George Kontoravdis, president at Fortigo, discusses how the transportation management solutions provider adjusted its feature set in response to changing customer needs resulting from COVID-19.
While 43% of retailers say they're taking aggressive action to mitigate the effects of COVID-19, 38% are taking only some action, and 19% are taking a wait-and-see approach. Retailers should take aggressive action to address these five issues to mitigate the effects of COVID-19.
Read about the latest supply chain updates in the pet industry as COVID-19 continues to affect the way consumers shop online, people choosing to foster cats and dogs, and what they're buying for their pets.
With the demand for fuel changing so quickly, how can organizations manage their fuel supply chain in the wake of a crisis like the COVID-19 outbreak?
How do supply chain disruptions like COVID-19 impact the final mile, and how can retailers adjust their strategy? Some solutions include contactless delivery, offering accessible pickup points, and easing capacity constraints.
Inbound Logistics continues to provide actionable content to help drive supply chain change.
The second-busiest shopping season (after the holidays) gets ports bustling, retailers scrambling, and consumers wallet-busting.
By 2019 there could be 224 million digital shoppers in the U.S., and according to research by McKinsey, about 70 percent of those shoppers will choose the cheapest form of home delivery. Why? Because of increased consumer preferences and the evolution of warehouse-to-home delivery systems.
Using multiple vendors can leave you vulnerable to higher transportation spend, undependable delivery, and compromised customer relationships. Here’s how to find the right consolidator for your business.
Warehouses should use these techniques to maintain service level agreements—the guaranteed turnaround time for an order to go out—during peak demand periods.
Planet Fitness is one fitness club company that has thrived in recent years, growing from 918 locations in 2014 to more than 2,200 in 2021. Here's a sampling of statistics about the fitness equipment industry, compiled by RunRepeat and other sources, that helps to illustrate its status today.
Back in 2014, I wrote a column extolling the benefits of a lean and agile supply chain, also known as a hybrid strategy. Depending on your product or service, your supply chain may tilt more one way or the other, or it might be segmented but still exhibit characteristics of both. For example, if you sell commodities, you would focus more on efficiency. If you were in fashion, you’d tend to be more responsive.
Even as growth slowed from 2020's pandemic-fueled explosion in activity, the global e-commerce market still grew a robust 19.9% in 2021, according to Transport Intelligence (Ti). Indications are growth will slow but remain hefty.
Investing time and money in making products available is more important today than ever before, thanks to the ripple effects of COVID-19. Capacity constraints and delivery agents have been upended, and product availability is at risk. Rising digital trends and changing consumer behavior and spending habits have also led to an urgency to respond to market conditions quickly.
Investment in logistics technology—$26 billion in the past seven years—is white hot right now. Here’s a small sampling of the types of solutions that venture capitalists are financing.