In-Store Fulfillment is No Defense Against Amazon

In-Store Fulfillment is No Defense Against Amazon

Facing a growing threat from Amazon.com Inc. and its e-commerce imitators, many traditional retailers and supermarkets are trying to turn a weakness—their costly brick-and-mortar stores—into a competitive advantage. The so-called omni-channel solution envisions those outlets operating both as familiar sites for merchandise display and as fulfillment nodes for online sales. The idea is that customersRead More

In-Store Fulfillment is No Defense Against Amazon

In-Store Fulfillment is No Defense Against Amazon

Facing a growing threat from Amazon.com Inc. and its e-commerce imitators, many traditional retailers and supermarkets are trying to turn a weakness—their costly brick-and-mortar stores—into a competitive advantage. The so-called omni-channel solution envisions those outlets operating both as familiar sites for merchandise display and as fulfillment nodes for online sales. The idea is that customersRead More

How Will Pokémon Go Shape Real-World Demand?

How Will Pokémon Go Shape Real-World Demand?

  The mobile game Pokémon Go could be part of future Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP) meetings. The free game played on smartphones has become phenomenally successful. The next stage of its rapid growth could include commercial tie ups that generate traffic for retailers and hence stimulate consumer demand for their products. Pokémon Go brings togetherRead More

Second Thoughts on Second Sourcing

Second Thoughts on Second Sourcing

Not keeping all of your eggs in one supply basket is an appealing strategy to increase supply chain resilience. But it’s not always effective. Aero engine maker Pratt & Whitney has doubled up suppliers in an effort to avoid interruptions to the production of its new turbofan engine. But according to a recent Wall StreetRead More

Companies Still Paying a High Price for Flawed Inventory Policies

Companies Still Paying a High Price for Flawed Inventory Policies

Optimizing inventory management policies can achieve dramatic reductions in operational costs, yet many companies leave substantial savings on the table because they fail to develop the most efficient management policy for their business. “Finding the best policy to control inventory systems is a complex problem, but companies can develop solutions that are much closer toRead More

Does Drop Shipping Online Orders Deliver Value?

Does Drop Shipping Online Orders Deliver Value?

In response to the growth of their e-commerce businesses, many retailers are looking for ways to reduce the supply chain costs associated with internet orders. Some retailers are starting to look upstream in their supply chains, and are requesting that manufacturers fulfill orders via drop shipping. The change in delivery practices creates a number ofRead More