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Gap goes seamless with inventory management

BY Dan Berthiaume

San Francisco – Gap Inc. is supporting front-end omnichannel retail operations with back-end seamless inventory capabilities. Using a “seamless inventory” model supported by technology from GT Nexus, Gap focuses on having the right products at the right time for the right channel.

Global sourcing and logistics capabilities have allowed Gap to build innovative features like a “reserve in store” option on their e-commerce site. This allows customers to hold in store any items they see on Gap’s site so they may go to store and try on the clothes before deciding to make a final purchase.

Cloud supply chain has also come into play for Gap in regards to its acquisition of specialty apparel chain Intermix. As the company continues to invest in building its business, thus adding more points of sourcing and distribution, they’ve relied more heavily on supply chain to bridge the gap. Gap recently deployed GT Nexus to enable package-level tracking of parcel cartons and provide feeds to recognize inventory as it is received at stores.

“An efficient and progressive supply chain is essential to profitable retail execution, and visibility is at the core of our global supply chain operations here at Gap Inc.,” said Shawn Curran, senior VP of global logistics for Gap Inc. “We work closely with GT Nexus to come up with new and innovative ways to drive value in our supply chain. Our ability to capture inventory visibility and track goods at the item level has enabled extremely powerful capabilities.”

In recognition of these efforts, Gap has been named the winner of the 2015 Innovation Award from GT Nexus. GT Nexus employees vote on the award, judging nominees on the extent to which they drive innovation and change in the GT Nexus community.

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Report: Major new player may enter grocery vertical

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle – Everyone from mass merchandisers to dollar stores has been getting into the grocery business in recent years, and the vertical may soon have a new and very large participant.

According to the Silicon Valley Business Journal, Amazon.com is planning to pilot a drive-thru grocery store concept in Sunnyvale, California.

Sources indicate Amazon’s concept would allow customers to order groceries online and pick them up at a dedicated facility. Developer plans that have been submitted for an 11,700-sq.-ft. facility that includes a drive-thru grocery component in Sunnyvale are believed to be for Amazon, although the tenant is not named in the plans and Amazon has not commented.

After the initial pilot in Sunnyvale, Amazon would then open other drive-thru grocery stores in other municipalities in Silicon Valley.

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Tmall brings same-day groceries to China

BY Dan Berthiaume

Beijing, China – Tmall.com, an online shopping platform run by Alibaba Group, is launching same-day grocery delivery services to residents of Beijing. Beijing residents who order from Tmall’s supermarket before 11 a.m. will be eligible for the delivery service, called Tmall Supermarket.

Tmall is partnering with Cainiao, the logistics affiliate of Alibaba Group, to deliver the service, In the future, Tmall Supermarket and Cainiao plan to roll-out same-day delivery services to Shanghai and other Chinese cities.

Tmall Supermarket will draw on Alibaba Group’s complete e-commerce ecosystem – including logistics, online payments, big data and cloud computing.

In addition, Tmall is running a $161 million online grocery promotional campaign three times a day, allowing Beijing-based Internet users a chance to win “red packets” that subsidize their grocery purchases. The promotion will end on July 31.

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