Wednesday, June 20, 2018

E-COMMERCE OMNICHANNEL AND SUPPLY CHAIN STRATEGY

Too many retailers and CPG manufacturers lack a supply chain strategy to drive e-commerce omnichannel success.  Reactionary efforts do not compare to strategy planning and execution.  And it shows.
#retail #CPG #manufacturing #SupplyChainManagement #omnichannel #strategy




Tuesday, June 19, 2018

MID-SIZE RETAILERS, CPG MANUFACTURERS AND E-COMMERCE OMNICHANNEL

Mid-size retailers and CPG manufacturers face the biggest challenge with e-commerce omnichannel strategy and success and the supply chain to drive it.
#retail #ecommerce #manufacturing 
#SupplyChainManagement #omnichannel  #CPG



Monday, June 18, 2018

INVESTORS AND LOGISTICS

Do investors/investment firms really understand what is happening in logistics for 3PLs and other providers with disruption and transformation, e-commerce, digitization, Being Amazoned, blockchain, and more? From inquiries I have seen, they seem to be asking questions on what was rather than what is and what will be. Am I correct?
#logistics #3PLs #investors #investmentfirms




Thursday, June 14, 2018

E-COMMERCE FULFILLMENT VS LAST MILE

For most retailers and manufacturers, fulfillment is a bigger cost and operating e-commerce supply chain issue than the much-blamed Last Mile.#retail #ecommerce #manufacturing #lastmile #SupplyChainManagement #fulfillment



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

RETAIL AND SUPPLY CHAIN REALITY AND DUALITY

E-commerce has created a new reality of retailing. And a new reality of Supply Chain Management. Duality for both with different operations and the power of customers and their expectations. What is the future for "old" stores and traditional warehouses?
#retail #supplychainmanagement #warehouse #ecommerce 





Monday, June 4, 2018

OMNICHANNEL SUPPLY CHAIN BATTLE

Traditional warehouses are about filling the cube of the building. E-commerce orders use floor space, not air space/warehouse height. When both traditional orders and e-commerce are done in the same facility, the result is two different supply chains with conflicting layouts fighting for the same space.  An omnichannel battle.



CLICK AND COLLECT--STORES OR CUSTOMERS?

Is click-and-collect about customers or stores? If it is stores, is it a delaying action to designing and implementing both a robust e-commerce omnichannel and the Supply Chain that drives? Is delay viable in a period of disruption?



Friday, June 1, 2018

KEY SUPPLY CHAIN METRIC--INVENTORY TURNS

Inventory turns is a key supply chain metric. Assessment should be done at multiple levels— total/upstream, in-transit, and downstream. Segment by upstream and downstream. By product category. By SKU.

Manufacturers also have WIP. This is especially for companies that sell/ship products from one factory to another.




Wednesday, May 30, 2018

WHAT IS HOLDING BACK SUPPLY CHAIN TRANSFORMATION

Supply Chain Management, in a period of significant disruption for retailers and CPG Manufacturers, may be dealing with a conflict of a need to transform and a fear of change. The source of that conflict?

#retail #CPGManufacturing #SupplyChainManagement #disruption #transformation







THE NEW SUPPLY CHAIN FOR E-COMMERCE OMNICHANNEL--Presentation

E-COMMERCE OMNICHANNEL AND THE NEW SUPPLY CHAIN--Presentation


OMNICHANNEL SUPPLY CHAIN STRUCTURE

For many firms, the end-to-end New Supply Chain for e-commerce omnichannel may be built on a different structure as to organization, process, and technology.



Tuesday, May 29, 2018

CPG, OMNICHANNEL, AND THE NEW SUPPLY CHAIN

For CPG manufacturers dealing with retailer struggles, omnichannel is required. More to the point, a robust e-commerce strategy driven by the New Supply Chain is required. It cannot be a secondary effort.



Sunday, May 27, 2018

SUPPLY CHAIN TRANSFORMATION FOR E-COMMERCE / OMNICHANNEL SUCCESS



A feature of e-commerce is the reversal of roles. Customers own their sales; power has shifted. Retailers and manufacturers come to them via their websites.
Key for customers is meeting Customer Expectations--part of the Amazon Effect--is the perfect order that is delivered complete, accurate, and on-time. On-time is about the velocity of order delivery. Satisfying those expectations is driven by the New Supply Chain.
Being able to provide customers with the service they expect does not require being the size of Amazon. Rather, it is about having and providing the essentials of the New Supply Chain.
The essentials for the New Supply Chain that deliver e-commerce success with customer expectations are:
  • — End to end
  • — Velocity through the entire supply chain, especially for Inventory and Order Delivery
  • — —Warehouse Network Alignment
  • Merge or Dual Supply Chains
  • — Upstream Supply Chain
  • — Technology
  • — Integration
  • — — Process, both internal and external
  • — Metrics—
  • — And more
 Some things to remember for transforming your supply chain--
  • There is no quick, easy answer. Your current supply chain, with its design and operating issues, did not happen overnight. So, transforming will not happen overnight.
  • Avoid signs along the way that say e-fulfillment answers, last mile solutions and other optimistic terms.
  • Watch out with the "low cost"/cheap ideas, from both internal and external sources. They are part of the "easy answer" cadre of providers and programs that can take you down wrong paths.
  • Avoid "agile" which is code for trying to do more with your supply chain than it was designed to do.
How to start. Hint—remember it is about velocity.
  • —Evaluate where you are.  Assess / define / measure / identify gaps. For example, how well do you perform at delivering customer expectations? This will establish where you are and how you are doing.
  • Build for where you are going.
  • — Segment products / suppliers. Know what is important, why, and where.
  • — Use lean Value Stream Mapping, especially for the international supply chain
  • — Compress time
Remember, this is about your end-to-end supply chain. Not just logistics components in the supply chain. Stay focused.