Retail

Retail Supply Chains in Canada are going ‘green’

Retail, Supply Chain
October 1, 2014

Improvements reduce costs and help the environment. Going ‘green’ isn’t a movement; it’s a way of life. With rising fuel costs and customer expectations for retailers to be ‘green’ increasing, it’s becoming more important for retail su...

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Shopping for a smarter retail transportation solution?

Retail, Transportation Management
September 17, 2014

3 reasons why an integrated retail transportation approach is the perfect ensemble There’s no doubt about it, today’s multi-source, multi-channel world, no supply chain is as complex as the retail supply chain. It’s one of the longest, most dy...

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On Black Friday, Customers will be coming from every channel: Will Your Retail Supply Chain be ready?

Retail, Supply Chain
September 8, 2014

Here are six tips to get your retail supply chain ready well ahead of the holiday rush Last year, a wonderful thing happened in retail: 37.3% of “Black Friday” shoppers began shopping between 8 p.m. and midnight on Thanksgiving Day. Shopper traf...

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Five Tips to Streamline Mexican Import-Export Logistics

Aerospace, Automotive, Cross Border, Retail, Supply Chain
August 14, 2014

January 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of a key political achievement – the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Today, two decades after the trade pact was signed into law, some of the promised benefits materialized, while others are sti...

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School’s out…Here are some tips to get your supply chain ready for before fall

Retail, Supply Chain, Warehousing & Distribution Management
June 13, 2014

It’s that time of year. School’s either out for summer or about to be. Kids are finishing exams, cleaning out desks and lockers and being released in waves from schools. They can’t wait to enjoy a seemingly endless summer of visiting family and...

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Building a Lean Culture: A Critical Step in the Transformation of a Retail Distribution Operation

Retail, Warehousing & Distribution Management
May 8, 2014

How Lean Principles and 10 improvements helped an automotive retailer improve efficiency In last month’s blog post, I talked about an automotive supplier that was teetering on the brink of collapse. When market conditions and customer demand chan...

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How a Consumer Brand Implemented Lean Principles to Avert an Operational Crisis

Consumer Goods, Lean Guiding Principles, Retail, Supply Chain
April 16, 2014

From complexity and chaos to stability and synergy Few industries are as sensitive to the vagaries of consumer demand, mercurial market conditions, and supply chain complexity as the consumer brands industry which satisfies multiple retail segment...

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Is It Time to Shape-Shift Your Packaging Operation?

Consumer Goods, Packaging, Retail, Supply Chain
April 3, 2014

Thinking outside the box can be the key to keeping up with demand In popular mythology, shape shifting is a handy plot device that enables people or animals to transform themselves into completely different forms, usually with the help of a little...

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5 Tips for Utilizing Lean Labor Management to Reduce Employee Turnover

Industries, Retail, Value Added Services, Warehousing & Distribution Management
March 25, 2014

Is Your Retail Workforce a Revolving Door? From the loading dock to the warehouse floor to the retail store, your workforce is a critical link in your supply chain. It can also have a powerful impact on customer service, efficiency and your bo...

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5 Ways to Optimize Today’s Increasingly Complex Retail Supply Chains

Lean Guiding Principles, Retail, Supply Chain, Warehousing & Distribution Management
March 13, 2014

The emergence of a digital economy has transformed every aspect of life as we know it. Business. Politics. Education. Social interaction. One area that’s profoundly affected by the digital revolution? Retail. In addition to keeping shelves stock...

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