Retail Logistics

Apr 29, 2021  |  Articles

Rob Handfield Warns of Price Increase on Paper Towels, Diapers and Similar Products

Rob Handfield, professor of operations and supply chain management, cautions consumers of rising prices in products like paper towels and diapers due to the high demand and cost of wood pulp. “The demand for toilet tissue, paper towels, napkins, the […]

Mar 30, 2021  |  Director's Blog

The Close Ties Between Real Estate and Supply Chains Uncovered: The Colliers-SCRC Webinar Reveals It All!

I hosted an incredibly informative webinar today with real estate experts Bill Condon and Matt McGregor of Colliers International  for a “fireside chat”. We spoke about a number of seemingly diverse topics: the impact of autonomous vehicles, smart edge technologies, e-commerce and […]

Feb 20, 2021  |  Articles

Preparing for the E-Commerce Boom: The Need for Efficiency is Crucial

Since the global pandemic, online shopping has increased, thus resulting in a torrent of customer returns. Because of this, supply chain planning is more crucial than ever when thinking about reverse logistics. Obstacles include: customer dissatisfaction returns shipping costs customer […]

Feb 5, 2021  |  Articles

More Holiday Sales Means More Returns, Need for Effective Hazardous Waste Management

Retailers are expected to face above-average sales again next Christmas, and the number of returns is predicted to be just as large. As returns increase, companies will need to remain vigilant in adhering to changing environmental regulations, considering many returns […]

Jan 12, 2021  |  Articles

Nike’s Bold Shift to eCommerce Paying Off (but Not for Retailers)

While Nike is dramatically lessening its store locations, it is prevailing through the practice of digitalization and online strategies. This shift to electronic sales is inexorable and now integrated into the company’s very infrastructure.  Today, Nike Digital makes up a […]

Jun 27, 2019  |  Articles

Improving Your Manufacturing Operations Using Warehouse Automation  

Today’s guest blog is written by John Hinchey, VP of Sales for Westfalia Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of logistics solutions for plants, warehouses and distribution centers. John has more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and warehouse automation, and shares his […]

Apr 15, 2019  |  Director's Blog

Leveraging Technology in the Retail Supply Chain

Companies in the retail sector are looking to automation, artificial intelligence, and other technological advancements to augment various sectors of their business. Savvy businesses are deploying new technology solutions everywhere from their supply chains to their storefronts. Technology is assisting […]

Mar 10, 2017  |  Articles

Can Blockchain become the solution for anti-counterfeiting and chain of custody?

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 […]

Dec 13, 2016  |  Director's Blog

More Insights on Deploying the Digital Supply Chain

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 […]

Aug 25, 2016  |  Articles

Nike’s Global E-Commerce Distribution Center in Leuven Belgium

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 […]