FEATURED SUPPLY CHAIN CONTENT
Holiday Prep For Peak Order Volumes
Okay, I know its March and the holidays are a long way off (or thankfully far behind), but it’s a well-known fact that the holidays are a key two-month time period for the retail industry.
Retail vendor compliance is a complicated, and at times controversial subject. Controversial obviously because consumer goods manufacturers are generally not happy about paying penalties for non-performance – even if well deserved – and there is no question that there have been examples of retailers running programs that appear abusive to some suppliers.
The need for effective collaboration using data is increasingly imperative to deriving improvement and financial benefit for both the retailer and supplier. Progressively, many retailers are going after ROI and focusing on the value that data can provide. The increased demand we are seeing in the market for a configurable portal for supplier onboarding, self-service, e-invoicing, PO flip and dynamic discounting is converging with retail trading partners interest in increased collaboration through a portal.
How does Santa fulfill the wishes of his constantly expanding customer base? Every Christmas Eve, once the children are asleep, Santa Claus executes an omni-channel fulfillment strategy that astounds retailers around the world. To overcome challenges, he needs a solution that tracks orders, directs in-store picking, and packages gifts for drop-off on time.
As the boundaries of both online and offline shopping are being stretched, retailers today are focused on multiple channels and how to manage inventory as well as customer expectations across those channels. Retailers – who used to treat in-store, e-commerce and mobile shopping as separate silos - are building seamless customer experiences.
ARTICLES FROM INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS FOR RETAILERS
Cutting-Edge Supply Chain Strategies: Omni-Channel’s Next Big Thing
Consumer expectations of a seamless omni-channel experience are reinventing the supply chain.
Omni-Channel Commerce Demands DC Automation
Pick/pack/ship operations have increasingly important implications on inventory accuracy, business efficiency, and ultimately, the customer experience.
Stein Mart Masters Returns Management
After a major returns fraud bout with an ORC ring, Stein Mart put data and analytics behind its returns policies and reduced its shrink rate to less than one percent of sales.
“Any-Channel” Commerce Drives 82% Transaction Growth
Transaction volume and a host of other key commerce metrics skyrocketed after high-end outdoor apparel retailer Ibex implemented a new retail commerce suite.
Are You Maximizing Your Mobile Potential?
Mobility is making a huge impact on how retailers deal with everything from inventory visibility to customer experience — with the ultimate goal of increased sales.
Inter-Store Inventory & Assortment Balancing
The Right Product at the Right Store at the Right Time.
SATO CL4NX Series Industrial Thermal Printers
SATO’s first truly UNIVERSAL Industrial Label Printer engineered for the most demanding printing applications.
Perfect Pick was Engineered to Simplify Order Fulfillment Technology. Perfect Pick is truly unique. Perfect Pick’s “one touch” design is based on a single automated component – the iBOT. Perfect Pick does not require lifts, conveyors, or multiple transfer points, which add complexity to the system. By eliminating these additional touch points and by streamlining the picking process, Perfect Pick increases throughput and results in a more reliable and cost effective system.
SATO CS-9018 Tag Cutter Stacker
The Sato® CS-9018 Cutter/Stacker is a self-contained, continuous-form, ticket-handling device. It is designed to slit, cut and sequentially stack preprinted tickets at a rate of 188,000 per hour.
SATO TH2 Portable Retail Printer
Big on functions small in size.
SUPPLY CHAIN RESEARCH SUPPLEMENTS
The retail supply chain has gone global, and now it is going mobile with new technologies to benefit the supply chain from end-to-end.
Welcome to the 2013 Retail Supply Chain Special Report, where we take a look at significant factors affecting the retail supply chain. Last year the Retail Supply Chain Special Report focused on RFID and multichannel fulfillment, and you can access that report at ismretail.com/go/SCreport.
This year we are featuring research and commentary from the Retail Value Chain Federation (RVCF, formerly VCF) and Retail Systems Research (RSR), both industry leaders when it comes to the retail supply chain.
From assortment planning to returns management and all points between, mobile devices are fast becoming the retailer's indispensable multi-tool.
Yes, mobile computing is a recurring theme in findings from this year's retail tech spending report. This, however, is not another report about mobility. Rather, it's a report on the technologies and operations solutions in which retailers will invest in 2013, with some retrospective commentary on the 2012 events that are driving these investment decisions. It just so happens that for the first time since we began our annual tech spending preview in 2009, mobile devices and mobile application access are playing a profound and cross-disciplinary role in how retail technology and solution budgets are being shaped. We'll highlight that role as we explore the findings of our annual retail technology spending survey here.
SUPPLY CHAIN NEWS
a2b Fulfillment Sponsors Georgia Logistics Summit
a2b Fulfillment, a third-party logistics provider with a specialty in order fulfillment, customer care and value-added services, is a Solution Provider Sponsor at the Seventh Annual Georgia Logistics Summit. The event is hosted by the Center of Innovation for Logistics on March 31st – April 1st in Atlanta, GA.
SUPPLY CHAIN MULTIMEDIA
Merchandise Fulfillment Advice That Works
Merchandise fulfillment is a hot topic and one of the keys for retailers looking to have a strong omnichannel initiative. In this podcast, we'll discuss how asset tracking and fleet management help ensure proper fulfillment, the latest technologies that can help retailers leverage and manage their fleets, how increased visibility into tracking enables retailers to gain efficiencies and keep the right products available to customers across all channels, and — finally — getting employee buy-in without looking like Big Brother.
SATO LP 100R and CS-9018 Laser Printing Solution
SATO's LP 100R industrial laser printer is ideal for businesses that need to print large amounts of labels, tags/ticket, or forms. Our printer is designed for performance, reliability, ease-of-use, and low operating costs. The LP 100R can also handle a wide range of media, from the thinnest labels to the thickest tag stocks.