Mastering Store Logistics

Retail stores are feeling the pain of an evolving marketplace, where consumers have multiple paths to purchase and stores have become fulfillment nodes in the retail supply chain.  One of the many challenges this presents is a dramatic shift from linear inventory flows to more complex multi-point flows between DCs, stores and customers.  The effects…

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Retail Industry Leaders Discuss the Value of Assortment Planning – Part I

During a Super-Session at JDA’s FOCUS 2014 in Las Vegas, five leading retail executives discussed how assortment planning is critical to addressing the challenges posed by today’s empowered consumers. This panel, which I was privileged to moderate, included: Linda Canada, SVP of merchandise planning, allocation & operations, DSW Michael McAbee, strategy officer and VP of…

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How Foot Locker is Winning the Multichannel Race: An interview with CEO Ken C. Hicks, Part II

Foot Locker, Inc. has leveraged its advanced supply chain capabilities to provide a superior shopping experience for its customers. Recently Wayne Usie, JDA’s sr. vice president of retail strategy, sat down with Foot Locker Chairman and CEO, Ken C. Hicks, to get his thoughts on winning the multichannel race for our CEO Insights series. In…

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Walmart Leads the Retail Market to Improve the Quality of Fresh Produce

Kudos to Walmart for showing industry leadership by embracing and enforcing the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI). They have recently notified their fresh produce suppliers that effective November 1st of this year, all items delivered to their distribution centers must include standardized case labels. [Wal-Mart sets PTI label deadline for suppliers] Mislabeled items could be rejected…

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