The Hidden Costs of Globalization
Retailers are becoming more global, both in terms of sourcing and selling. In the process, they tap into a wealth of new opportunities. But they also heighten the level of risk in their supply chains. Janet Suleski, research director with AMR Research, discusses the hidden costs of global retail supply chains, including...
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Retailers Predict Rising US Ocean Import Volumes
The supply chain sector got a small boost at the end of last week with retail sales figures for the month of July coming in ahead of expectations. Analysts had forecast a month-to-month fall in figures, but a rise of 0.2% was recorded after the automotive sector was stripped out. July retail sales with automotives included, showed...
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AMR Asks, How Safe Is Your Food Supply Chain?
Food safety is a top-of-mind issue for food manufacturers, consumers, and retailers--and for good reasons. AMR Research studied 251 food manufacturers and shares insights on the current state of the supply chain and how it delivers on the brand promise. The research firm also notes three actions that companies should take to avoid product recalls....
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RFID Helps Eliminate Loading Errors at Walgreens DC
Pharmacy retail chain Walgreens has deployed an RFID system in its approximately 600,000-square-foot distribution center in Anderson, S.C., that alerts employees before they load a shipment on the wrong truck bound for retail locations throughout the Southeast. This has helped the company meet its goal of eliminating...
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AWhere Debuts Store-Level Sales Performance Intelligence Solution for CPG Industry
AWhere Inc. says its CPG Vision product is a location intelligence solution for the consumer packaged goods industry that allows users to see store-level sales performance alongside key consumer trends, demographics and other store performance indicators.
CPG Vision features the AWhere OneTouch Wizard that directly imports and maps data from...
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Collaborators or Competitors?
Retailers and suppliers are supposed to be partners, but they're just as likely to end up adversaries within a given supply chain. Bill McBeath, managing director in the Supply Chain Risk Intelligence Group of Marsh, talks about the issues that often lead to dysfunctional relationships, including the growth of private labels and increasing pressure on retailer margins. Supplier compliance is an especially thorny issue. Yet a well-managed compliance program, if properly managed, can be of substantial value to both parties. Private labels, too, don't have to cause a rift in retailer-supplier partnerships--there are ways in which both sides can win. Finally, McBeath answers the critical question: When should you trust your trading partner, and when should you withhold information?...
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