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Omni-Mode Transportation Integration Is Key Tool for Profitable Fulfillment

Omni-Mode Transportation Integration Is Key Tool for Profitable Fulfillment

Analyst Insight: In 2016, Amazon subsidized the cost of shipping to their customers by about $7bn, setting a very high bar for customer expectations of cheap or free shipping with rapid delivery. Most competitors don't have the same options as Amazon to buy market share this way, putting enormous... »


Four Key Elements of an IoT Strategy for Manufacturers

Four Key Elements of an IoT Strategy for Manufacturers

Analyst Insight: When people talk about the Internet of Things, they can mean many different things, even within one industry. For a manufacturer, there are four major areas where IoT may have an impact: the manufacturing plant, the supply chain, service and the product. Bill McBeath, chief... »


Data Is the Biggest Challenge for Predictive Analytics

Analyst Insight: The number one challenge to making predictive and prescriptive analytics succeed is data cleanliness and completeness. Until that is solved, predictive analytics programs will struggle to provide value. The problem is made more acute by the amount of new data coming online each... »


10 Signs It's Time to Automate Your Warehouse With WMS

10 Signs It's Time to Automate Your Warehouse With WMS

Warehouses and distribution centers are dynamic environments where many different challenges arise. Sometimes those challenges go beyond the normal issues to become overwhelming, and start to impact the performance of the business. A Warehouse Management System (WMS) can help a business with many... »


Omni-Channel Strategy Is Central to Retailers' Success During Holiday Season, Researchers Say

Omni-Channel Strategy Is Central to Retailers' Success During Holiday Season, Researchers Say

Serendipitously, Christmas and Chanukah fall at the same time this year, which may mean less pain for retail logisticians aiming to get all those packages to customers on time - and to recognize 2016 revenue. And this promises to be a pretty good year for retailers: According to the NRF, retail... »


Industrial Internet of Things Gets Much Needed Security Framework

The publication of the Industrial Internet Security Framework by the IIC is a vital early step towards creating security in the Industrial IoT. Strong security becomes increasingly crucial as more and more critical infrastructure becomes connected and remotely controllable. »


RFID Reader Infrastructure Comes in Many Flavors

Retailers have many choices when it comes to RFID reader infrastructure, from handhelds, fixed, POS, overhead and more. »


RFID Technology Enables the 'Re-Imagined' Store

More than ever, retailers are reimagining their businesses - the functions their stores provide, the value they bring, and how they operate, driven not only by the rise of omnichannel and the need to respond to competitive threats from Amazon and others, but as well by the possibilities that new... »


Personalizing Fulfillment of Omnichannel Orders Profitably - How Do You Achieve That?

Manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers alike are being challenged with diverse, continually changing channel fulfillment demands. Across industries, success (and even survival) depends on the ability to serve customers profitably in the way they expect to be served. »


The World of Integration--Part One: Necessary Nuisance or Enabler?

The topic of integration has been considered more of a hindrance, necessary evil, or afterthought in supply chain. Enterprise software companies who once pitched that you would "never need anything else" have also had to admit that, yes, integration is critical to the burgeoning... »


Controlling the Uncontrollable in Supply Chain Management

If you think about it, the supply chain's action is outside the office. It is in a factory making things, a warehouse packing and shipping things, in a store where customers are shopping, or in a conveyance on the move. »


Market for Integration Tools Continues to Grow. Why Is That?

After a spike more than a decade ago catalyzed by a buying spree of ERP, supply chain, web front ends and so on, one would think that a market like integration would be a no-grow or go-away market. But quite to the contrary, the tool suites, the delivery options, and sales of even traditional... »


Omnichannel Is All About Fulfillment, And Retailers Need to Think The Process Through Carefully

Omnichannel Is All About Fulfillment, And Retailers Need to Think The Process Through Carefully

Today, omnichannel is so much broader than just the technology platform the customer uses for purchases - web, store, mobile, catalogue and so on. At its heart it is really about fulfillment - the customer's choice of fulfillment. »


The IoT Market Is Huge, But Is It THAT Huge?

The IoT Market Is Huge, But Is It THAT Huge?

Over-the-top headlines and estimates of the size of the IoT market create more confusion and skepticism about hype than a real understanding of how big the market really is. There needs to be a framework for understanding IoT market size. »


Big Regulatory Changes Coming to All Players in Pharmaceutical Industry

Big Regulatory Changes Coming to All Players in Pharmaceutical Industry

The times they are a changin' for the players across pharmaceutical supply chains, from API suppliers to CMOs, to manufacturers, packagers, distributors, dispensers/pharmacies ... just about everyone across the chain. »


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