Tuesday, April 24, 2018

E-COMMERCE STRATEGY

Customer Expectations, Being Amazoned, Customer Convenience requires a strategy for e-commerce that is based on Supply Chain Management, technology, and marketing. So why are so many not doing it?




Monday, April 23, 2018

INVENTORY VELOCITY AND WORKING CAPITAL MANAGEMENT


The inventory velocity of the New Supply Chain is excellent working capital management.



Friday, April 20, 2018

OMNICHANNEL WAREHOUSING ISSUE FOR MID-SIZE FIRMS

Omnichannel warehousing creates a dilemma for many mid-size firms.  The usual configuration is to fill the cube of the warehouse.  That is what manufacturers and others do.  E-commerce is not a vertical/cube issue.  It is horizontal--fills floor space for inventory, rollers/conveyors, packaging, etc.  That requires segmenting warehouse space to fit two different stocking and shipping requirements in a fixed warehouse footprint.




Wednesday, April 11, 2018

NEED SPECIFICS ON LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAIN TECHNOLOGY

Technology is and will be a disruptor in logistics and Supply Chain Management. But more is needed. What is the context for it? Tech is a process enabler. Not a standalone activity. Need specificity on the processes of how and where and why. Too much shotgun going on.




Saturday, April 7, 2018

FUTURE OF LOGISTICS

Will the future of logistics be a  battle between tech-based firms vs traditional, experienced logistics providers?  This digitization seems to be what is happening with forwarding and other transport segments.  How does blockchain change this battle?  What about warehousing with large volumes of e-commerce products with required velocity and random putaway--a blending of tech and new ways of product flows?




Friday, April 6, 2018

UPS AND FEXEX SELECTIVELY PICKING E-COMMERCE BUSINESS?

UPS & FedEx got a great boost with e-commerce. Are they now cherry picking instead of chasing opportunities? Are they & other logistics providers stuck in their biz models and missing organic growth? What will new competition do to their online standing?

https://theloadstar.co.uk/niche-opens-integrators-choose-not-bulk-e-commerce-deliveries/?utm_source=The+Loadstar+daily+email&utm_campaign=fc133602f4-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_04_06&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c4570e43d4-fc133602f4-153458185

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

OVERSTOCK.COM AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT

Overstock. From WSJ. A case study of how logistics/Supply Chain Management drives e-commerce success and just selling online is not enough. Also about SCM future with blockchain and cryptocurrency. And why CEOs should be from SCM where the future is.



Friday, March 30, 2018

RETAILERS, CPG MANUFACTURERS, E-COMMERCE, AND STUCK

There are retailers and CPG manufacturers struggling with e-commerce supply chain management because of past underinvestment in SCM structure of process, technology, and organization. Plus they are stuck with defining it by logistics costs, not performance.




Tuesday, March 27, 2018

OMNICHANNEL DISRUPTION AND SUPPLY CHAIN PROCESS

Does the chaos and disruption with #omnichannel for affected retailers and manufacturers signal a process breakdown with their supply chains--and adding to the disruption?




DIGITAL AND THE FUTURE OF FREIGHT FORWARDING

The issue is bigger than online quotes.  Can forwarders be saved even with digital?  Or, except for niches, does digital mean disintermediation of these middle men?  Are trading platforms a more viable option between buyers and sellers of transport?

https://theloadstar.co.uk/forwarders-face-extinction-10-years-dont-go-digital-says-report/?utm_source=The+Loadstar+daily+email&utm_campaign=67105c85bc-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_03_27&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c4570e43d4-67105c85bc-153458185

E-COMMERCE VS CONTAINER LINE ALLIANCES

Will the new supply chain with velocity drive a schism in container line alliances?  Service demands of BCOs vs low rates for forwarders/OTIs?  How do you satisfy this customer segmentation with vessel sharing?







Monday, March 26, 2018

E-COMMERCE, NEW SUPPLY CHAIN, TRANSPORT MODES AND CARRIERS


One change with the required supply chain velocity for e-commerce has been transport mode and carrier and mode realignment. This is especially so with the upstream supply chain.  The adjustment reflects buying a defined service. 






Sunday, March 25, 2018

E-COMMERCE LAGGARDS HELPING THE LEADERS

By default, omnichannel laggards with faux e-commerce that does not meet customer expectations of order delivery velocity are strengthening the sales growth and position of leaders.







Friday, March 23, 2018

E-COMMERCE AS COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

E-commerce with the New Supply Chain that drives its success is more than a sales channel.  It is a competitive weapon.




Thursday, March 22, 2018

WHERE IS YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN GOING?

How many companies have supply chains built on the past, where they have been? How many companies have supply chains designed on the future, where they are going?




BIGGEST SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUE

What is your biggest Supply Chain issue? What are you doing about it?




MANUFACTURERS, E-COMMERCE, SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT, TRANSFORMATION


The big omnichannel story is only beginning to unfold—CPG manufacturers.  Store closings and bankruptcies are forcing them off the sidelines in selling their products.  They need to take control and develop e-commerce capabilities.  Two keys to the change are the reality of Direct To Consumer (DTC) and the new supply chain.  The Supply Chain, both as to design and operation, for e-commerce is very different from the standard manufacturing supply chain.  Supply Chain Management is a support for manufacturing/factories.  SCM is central to and a key part of strategy for e-commerce.  These role and responsibility differences underlie important issues with manufacturer omnichannel—TRANSFORMATION, CHANGE, AND SUSTAINING THE CHANGE.


E-COMMERCE BLOCKCHAIN

A needed blockchain test is for e-commerce, including cross-border e-commerce. All the participants, including logistics/transport. With the size and growth factor of this trade market, it is an important blockchain.




Wednesday, March 21, 2018

MISSING FROM BLOCKCHAIN SUPPLY CHAIN

What is missing so far from Supply Chain Blockchain is a cohesive approach with buyers, sellers, transport/logistics providers, and others. Much is an all over the map listing of tests that do not aggregate into supply chain management and integrated.




HOW MANY RETAIL CUSTOMERS ARE SAYING THIS?

How many retail customers are saying, "thank you for the customer experience with making me go out in the snow and cold to pick up on online order"? Do their next e-commerce orders go to another e-commerce firm? Keep ignoring the New Supply Chain with end-to-end velocity.