This year, online retail sales will approach the $500 billion mark, reflecting another double digit increase in online sales growth and yet another knock at the door of carriers looking to solve "The Last Mile." Here are some trends and updates you'll find useful.
5 Ways to Increase Supply Chain Visibility
Increase your supply chain's visibility and put your company's supply chain on the route to success.
Be Proactive or Eat Dust: The Case for Sustainability in the Supply Chain
Companies standing out from the crowd are taking the extra steps, spending more, speaking out, and partnering with companies that have a focus on sustainability practices going forward. Manufacturers and consumers alike are demanding higher quality products/service and lower carbon footprints.
A Long Term Play for Better Healthcare Starts with the Supply Chain
Hospitals rely heavily on their supply chain, just as any other retailer does. However, the chances of little Timmy slipping into a coma are pretty low if a supplier misses a delivery of the latest Happy Meal toys to your local McDonald's. Chances increase, however, if he orders the McRib. Gross.
3 Reasons Why Retailers Should Pay More Attention to Their Backroom
Thanks to just-in-time inventory management practices, speed of delivery and readily available product distribution, the backroom of your typical retailer has steadily shrunk over the last decade. This is true for clothiers, fast food, and most other retailers looking to maximize profits and utilize the space to effectively support front end marketing strategies.
4 Reasons “The Maker Movement” Will Redefine Traditional Manufacturing in the U.S.
My Dad and I met for lunch recently, and he showed me plans for a custom potting bench he had already designed and built for my mother. Before I get too far, I should say that it is a beautiful piece and received rave reviews from the ladies at bridge club (nice work Pop). He wants to market the product online and was looking for pointers from a trusted Xennial on website design, marketing and distribution so he could determine whether or not a larger market existed for the beloved potting bench (i.e. beyond bridge club). I don't know where my Dad's project will land, but it got me thinking about how DIY could revolutionize our idea of traditional manufacturing.
Blockchain 101: Supply Chain Risks and Rewards
Despite the hype, Blockchain is not a "silver bullet" answer to all the problems supply chain faces today. Instead, I think the value of Blockchain will be fully realized after a cumulative progression of new technologies and market disruptions (e.g. 3D printing, AI, big data, IoT) lay a more stable foundation for Blockchain to gain acceptance. This …
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Hyperloop: Design Lessons from George Jetson
The Concept of the Hyperloop seemed farfetched in 1963 when The Jetsons first aired. However, we are quickly approaching an inflection point between conventional transit systems and futuristic transit capability and design and Hyperloop could put us at George and Judy Jetson's front door.
LUXLOCK: The Internet of Product (IoP) and “The Barbell Effect” in Action.
Earlier this year, I made some predictions in Innovate or Die: 5 Omni-channel Strategies Amazon is Trying to Outrun. As a part of those predictions, I talked a little bit about the "barbell effect" and how there would be a dichotomy between luxury/high-end, customized, boutique firms that offered a unique customer experience for a premium and hyper-local/convenience …
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Lease Administration Guide: Recommended Programs, When to Use and What Comes After.
Here is a short guide to the ins and outs of selecting and implementing a lease administration program.
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