Big Highlights from the NRF BIG Show

I’ve been coming to NRF for the past 15 years; most of that time as a retailer and consultant; this year was my first with JDA.  For me and 35,000 of my retail colleagues, it’s always been the biggest and best of the retail shows and the yearly kick off to our evaluation of new…

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Trains, Planes and Two Essential Elements of a Strategic Supply Chain Management Program

Over the past 20 years, supply chain management has become a mission-critical component of a company’s success. Strategic supply chain management has the capability to significantly reduce a company’s costs, minimize risk, boost customer service, increase efficiency and improve the bottom line. However, if a company wants to succeed in today’s business environment, it must…

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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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Business Agility Demands In-Line Analytics

For businesses large and small, the rate of change in markets and global supply chains is constantly increasing. The traditional “plan-execute-analyze-respond” cycle is getting so compressed it requires these steps to be virtually simultaneous. In addition, disruptions are hitting supply chain operations on a seemingly daily basis, requiring immediate attention to minimize impact. As a…

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Retail Leaders: Shift from a Static to a Dynamic Supply Chain

When discussing the biggest disruption hitting retail today, a super-session panel of leading retailers at FOCUS 2013 in Orlando, Florida agreed it was….the customer! That’s right, it’s not multi-channel or mobile or social commerce, it’s the changing customer, they said. Why? Because meeting customers’ fast-changing desires for shopping convenience and service, and providing a seamless…

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