January 26, 2015

Rapid omnichannel growth from retailers with an adapting supply chain environment are among the driving forces of change in 2015.

November 25, 2014

By John Lowe and Sundip Naik


October 7, 2014

For the average consumer, the holiday season probably seems far away. As we recover from back-to-school mayhem, holiday shopping lists are not likely to be top of mind.

September 24, 2014

Last year, 37.3% of traditional “Black Friday” consumers began shopping between 8 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Shopper traffic over the two-day Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday period at retail outlets totaled more than 1.07 billion store visits. Sales during the two-day period were $12.3 billion, and online sales grew an explosive 18.5%.

April 30, 2014

As consumers busy themselves with spring gardening and plans for summer travel, their favorite retailers are already planning for back-to-school and the 2014 holiday season.

April 8, 2014

Fast-evolving digital technologies, including mobile devices, social networks, apps and other forms of e-commerce, have forever changed how consumers shop.

October 3, 2013

Distribution centers have evolved alongside trends such as just-in-time manufacturing and the rise of overnight shipping. Now they are changing again, this time to accommodate omnichannel consumers.

September 10, 2013

Cabela’s Inc. has seen improvement in throughput and saved on operating costs since implementing the use of Seegrid’s unmanned robotic pallet trucks at its Wheeling, W.Va., distribution center in July 2010.

November 27, 2012

By Kumar Venkataraman

Over the last decade, America’s Atlantic shores have faced the wrath of more than a dozen hurricanes, causing damage worth several billion dollars. Year after year, retailers have been learning and fine-tuning their strategies to respond to the critical needs of consumers in the impacted areas, both in preparing for a disaster and immediately after.

November 15, 2012

By Kiran Kumar Malathkar, Mindtree Limited

November 2, 2012

By Chris Merritt, Ryder

May 29, 2012

A new report by Jones Lang LaSalle found that with 92% of retailers selling online, 68% maintaining brick-and-mortar stores, and 64% utilizing catalogs, retailers are embracing a multichannel approach to meet buyer expectations and battle for market share.

April 16, 2012

Given the escalating cost of fuel, conventional wisdom dictates the way to save money would be to schedule fewer miles. But this is not always the case, as witnessed by specialty retailer LifeWay Christian Resources, which found that more frequent deliveries translate to less cost across its retail enterprise.

LifeWay Christian Resources, which operates 170 stores throughout the nation, reinvented its distribution model — shifting from one consolidated truckload delivery per week to its stores to multiple UPS deliveries of smaller quantities.

April 2, 2012

By Christine Wheeler, Newcastle Systems

March 23, 2012

Lucas Systems, a provider of voice directed warehouse applications, announced that The Container Store has installed Jennifer VoicePlus for voice picking in the retailer’s Dallas- area, 1.1 million-sq.-ft. distribution center.

February 27, 2012

By Ken Burkeen, UPS

October 24, 2011

Product diversification combined with major growth always translates into increased supply chain complexity. Such was the case for online specialty retailer Hayneedle, which started business in 2002 as Hammocks.com with a single-niche category site. Flash forward seven years, and the company had expanded its offerings to include more than 200 product categories. Given its growing business, an optimized distribution process became a top company priority. 

July 6, 2011

By Mark Gibson, global marketing manager, Galleria

June 17, 2011

Organized retail crime should not be an issue solely addressed at the store level, according to the results of the National Retail Federation’s seventh annual Organized Retail Crime survey.

April 13, 2011

It’s no secret: When the Great Recession hit in the fall of 2008, retailers sustained a serious blow in the form of sharply declining consumer demand. Privately held apparel retailer Bob’s Stores was no exception.

“For us, the slowdown had a significant impact on our inventory movement,” said Victor D’Amato, VP planning and analysis, Bob’s Stores, Meriden, Conn., which operates 34 stores in the Northeast.

March 17, 2011

Transplace, a provider of transportation management services and logistics technology, today announced the continuation of its relationship with Anna’s Linens through a full contract expansion.

March 7, 2011

In recent years, real-estate portfolio optimization has become standard practice for retailers, and with it, so, too, have store closings. Oftentimes, the closings result from retailers’ desire to relocate stores to improve their position within a market as leases come up for renewal. Or they may result from the necessity to move to a smaller or larger footprint. In other instances, a location may be underperforming the rest of the chain. 

March 2, 2011

Every season retailers launch aggressive holiday promotions to help lure shoppers, and in 2010 the offer of free shipping was a crucial one.