As larger U.S. retailers continue to close underperforming stores with more customers choosing to shop online from their own homes, big-box store vacancies have increased in recent years. But with online sales only increasing and more small shop spaces mimicking the online sales environment, the biggest impacts are being reflected in warehouse space and logistics.
One of the major findings from the 27th Annual State of Logistics report is that "gaps" in infrastructure and "accelerating trends for speed" will increasingly put pressure on a logistics system not designed for e-commerce driven "last mile, last minute" delivery service.
Despite the economic slowdown in the industrial sector over the past year, the incidence of actual and planned automation investment is very high in American manufacturing, according to a report from the MAPI Foundation.
The latest supply-chain news, analysis, trends and tools for executives in the e-commerce/omnichannel industry — which consists of companies engaged in internet retailing, including those with auxiliary brick-and-mortar stores. Learn how e-commerce/omnichannel companies and their suppliers around the world are managing the flow of products across all channels of the enterprise. Experts sound off on forecasting and demand planning, supply-chain visibility, logistics outsourcing, inventory optimization, transportation management, warehouse management, supply-chain security, corporate social responsibility and more.
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