Talking Logistics - By Chad Andrews - Omni-channel retailers and manufacturers/distributors require agility to compete and thrive in an industry that is ever-changing due in large part to the Amazon Effect. Retailers are adapting their network for an omni-channel approach to enhance their customer experience and offer a wider online product assortment, which can include enabling vendors to dropship on their behalf. Manufacturers and...

Geoff Milsom via Inbound Logistics - 1. Sign a contract. The contracting phase is a tell-tale sign for how the organizations will mesh culturally. Good future partners figure out how to work together through the terms and conditions process, just like they will through operational or systems difficulties. 2. Understand that size, services breadth, and experience matter. While prospective logistics providers will describe their differentiators, do...

Inbound Logistics - Campus Protein's (CP) current supply chain highlights just how the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry has changed over the past 10 to 15 years. CP produces and markets nutritional supplements, healthy snacks, and related items, primarily to college students but also to the general public. The company's sales take place entirely...

Modern Materials Handling - A fundamental shift is underway in labor management best practices today. And it’s coming none too soon. As you well know, labor is tight and often on the move from one employer to another. And, we all know that’s not going to change anytime soon. In fact, the Conference Board doesn’t expect the blue collar labor shortage to...

Inbound Logistics - Think digital as well as physical. When one first thinks of their supply chain they immediately go to the physical side: shipping, storage, and distribution. The Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the application of advanced analytics must be included in your plans as well. Today's commerce is driven by the digital side and supported by...

Chain Store Age - GNC Holdings is increasing inventory turns and sales with a strategic vendor drop ship program. Leveraging enVista technology, GNC directly uses inventory from vendors to fill orders. This eliminates the step of processing batches of inventory in GNC fulfillment centers and distributing goods to stores, reducing order fulfillment time while making products more accessible to consumers. GNC deploys enVista...

Retail TouchPoints - - enVista, a global software solutions and consulting firm, has hired Gene Bornac as Practice Leader of its Retail Consulting Practice. Bornac will help clients develop and implement customer-centric omnichannel, supply chain and IT strategies and solutions to unify commerce and improve the customer experience. Bornac has more than 30 years of retail and...

WWD - - Big show, bigger ideas. Innovation moves at a blistering pace, and as such, there’s not a moment to waste during NRF’s Big Show 2019 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan where retailers, brands, solution providers and industry stakeholders convene to share ideas, hear from thought leaders and see the latest technologies. Here, WWD vetted...