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Category Archives: Retail Logistics

  1. Recent articles in the New York Times and in the International Business Times highlight the emerging role of blockchain as a key enabler of improved integration between parties in the extended global supply chain.  For instance, IBM and WalMart are partnering to begin tracking The blockchain — the buzzy, bewildering technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin — […]

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  2. On the second day of our executive focus group on the LIVING Supply Chain, the group took the opportunity to share insights regarding the emerging trends in the future of supply chains, with a focus on digitization, development of analytics and a focus on emerging technologies. The executives spent a good amount of time emphasizing the importance […]

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  3. I had the opportunity to accompany a group of executives from Anheuser Busch Inbev on a tour of Nike’s global distribution facility in Leuven Belgium this week.  Shipments arrive from Nike’s network of global manufacturers in Asia, including footwear, apparel and equipment.  Containers arrive at the port of Antwerp, and are transported by truck to a […]

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  4.   I had the opportunity to speak with a Nike executive about how the company has moved into the world of mass-customization.  Many people have heard about their partnership with Flex to build mass-customized shoes in Mexico, which is a big shift for the company from it’s largely Asia Pacific supplier network.  Although it is […]

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  5. Today’s guest post is from Graham Givens.  Graham is a Research Fellow at the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative, where he works closely on local food systems through the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.  He reports on his recent visit to the National Restaurant Association  Supply Chain Management Executive Study Group meeting in Chicago. “The NRA’s […]

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  6. A senior executive from a large global manufacturer came to speak in my MBA class this week, and discussed the major shifts in global business that was occurring due to the emergence of omni-channel capabilities in the supply chain.  His insights and presence were most appreciated by everyone, especially given the snowfall we were experiencing […]

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  7. As more data becomes available in the grocery and retail environment, organizations are re-thinking their supply chain processes to drive increased automation, improved performance, and increased inventory turns.  They are also re-thinking the design of their supply chains, thinking about how much of their product goes through distribution centers, distributed to stores, or shipped directly […]

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  8. “Luxury is a necessity that begins when necessity ends.”   – Coco Chanel In this blog, I review the new book “Sustainable Luxury” by Gardetti and Torres. Most people who buy a luxury product, whether it is a Gucci purse, an Armani suit, a Dolce & Gabana dress, or a pair of Ferragamo loafers, rarely stop […]

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  9. Arun Gupta recently went to a conference of the TPP in Washington, and was invited to share some insights on his visit and what he learned in a guest blog. In its current form the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a potential free trade agreement (FTA) between the US and 11 Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries (Canada, Mexico, […]

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  10. In the second half of my class on Tuesday, Rebecca Dunning, one of the lead researchers on the NC Growing Together grant, explained some of the channels and opportunities the team has already explored to date. As we noted in my prior blog, one of the biggest challenges for local food producers is the ability […]

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  11. Ken Torok came to my class on Monday evening, and provided a delightful discussion on total cost of ownership.  The class was focused on building and developing cost models, both for should-cost modeling, as well as total cost modeling.  After providing an introduction to the concept of TCO, I introduced Ken to the class.  This […]

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  12. Logistics complexity – in the form of fragmented channels, increased product variations, and consumer demand for customized solutions – has been increasing, according to a global study published recently by BVL International, a worldwide supply chain and logistics membership organization. “Several trends identified in the study demonstrate that a number of major challenges lie ahead as […]

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  13. When Jon Stegner walked in to his first week at the University of Chicago Medical Center, one of the first places he visited was the Emergency Room, and the nearby supply room. What he saw there, was in his words, “chaos”. Medical supplies were in boxes strewn in random piles. Many of the boxes contained […]

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  14. Recent discussions with consumer goods companies reveals that margin management is becoming an imperative that goes far beyond just taking out cost of goods sold, or using full truck loads on shipment. CPG companies are seeking to continuously drive profit margins on the products they sell in retail stores – and the world of retail […]

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  15. News of the increasing death toll in Bangladesh continues to pour in, with the latest at 600 found dead in the rubble of the Rama factory complex.  Demonstrators are protesting apparel offices (such as Gap’s offices in San Francisco) to demand better working conditions in Bangladesh factories.  But how easy is it for companies to […]

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  16. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal shows pictures of logistics couriers in China riding scooters, with stacks of deliveries teetering six feet up in the air, parked outside of office buildings in downtown Shanghai.  The reporter goes on to describe the increasing salaries for logistics workers, and goes on to document the high […]

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  17. Students of supply chain and logistics know that when the topic of supply chain excellence and inventory management prowess comes up, the companies that comes to mind first are Walmart and Toyota. Toyota has already admitted to slowing sales and poor management of their supply chain, through shutdowns due to supplier failures, lack of attention […]

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  18. Growth of the global logistics network is fraught with increasing difficulty.  Large BRIC country governments have recognized their power in the channel, and have raised the stakes for import and export requirements and regulation.  There is also considerable debate among experts as to the path this will take.  Some believe India will continue to grow, […]

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  19. The Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC) in North Carolina State University’s Poole College of Management is one of several partners in a five- year, $3.9 million grant-funded project to build and evaluate supply chains for local farmers and fishers to supply large-scale markets in North Carolina. The project is led by the Center for Environmental […]

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  20. A recent article in the Guardian shows how uncontrollable supply chains can be.  Managing tier 2 suppliers, in this case, became problematic when supermarkets found that the beef they were selling was not what they thought it was….. Several supermarkets in the UK announced that what they thought was beef in the food they were […]

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  21. Today’s Wall Street Journal printed a great story on the challenges that Walmart faces as it grows its logistics network in India.  The article notes how India is the second-largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world, but that one-third of the produce rots because of its horrendous logistics infrastructure. The story highlights some […]

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  22. Well we made it through 2012, and it actually turned out to be a reasonably good year, in terms of supply chain news and events.  There were a few disasters of course, but this now seems to be a commonplace theme for global supply chain planners  (the world’s logisics network are impacted at least once […]

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  23. In our recent logistics survey, it is becoming clear that retailers’ number one pressure is reducing cost. No surprise here – as everyone rushes to do their last minute Christmas shopping, it’s easy to look around for the best deal. The increase in online shopping has forced big box retailers to cut prices and push […]

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