Retail Management Solutions for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

    Posted by John Arkontaky on Nov 25, 2019 12:00:00 PM

    What does the online shopping boom mean for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the most infamous shopping holidays of the year? Here’s what supply chain managers need to know.

    The fall and winter months are packed with opportunities for shoppers to test their credit card limits. On Black Friday shoppers take to the streets for deep discounts on a variety of items, and on Cyber Monday they fill their online carts with electronics, small appliances, toys, and video games.

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday aren’t just excuses to shop — they’re full-blown cultural phenomenons. Over 126 million consumers participate in this ritual each year, and the constant media coverage is a tradition in itself. Viewers love to see industrious shoppers camping out in front of stores for hours in the hopes of snagging a discounted flatscreen. For many families, watching football after Thanksgiving dinner has become a thing of the past thanks to doorbuster deals that start at 5 pm.

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    Topics: Direct Store Delivery & Mobility, Distribution & Logistics, In-Store Fulfillment, Retail, eCommerce, Omni-Channel

    Easy as Pie: Thanksgiving and the Farm to Table Supply Chain

    Posted by John Arkontaky on Nov 22, 2019 1:05:55 PM

    How does a Thanksgiving feast get from the farm to your table? Let’s take a look at the food industry supply chain behind two holiday favorites: turkey and pumpkin pie.

    Thanksgiving is a time for gathering with friends and family and cranking on the oven to serve up a bounty of delicious food. In the spirit of abundance, household chefs go above and beyond, leaning on recipes old and new to create mounds of cornbread, stuffing, and sweet potatoes that are guaranteed to provide the coveted post-Thanksgiving leftovers. It’s no wonder approximately 45 million turkeys (about $1.10 billion worth)[1] and 50 million pumpkin pies[2] are consumed during Thanksgiving celebrations each year.

    So how do so many savory Butterballs and sweet desserts make it to our tables year after year? The farmers, manufacturers, and retailers that produce and transport our food rely on an agile farm to table supply chain equipped with top-of-the-line technology.

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    Topics: supply chain

    Doorstep DNA - Following the Supply Chain of Genetic Testing

    Posted by Heather Smith on Nov 1, 2019 10:00:00 AM

    Cutting-edge transportation and logistics software helps the direct-to-consumer genetic testing industry ensure reliable results.

    Am I one-eighth Irish or one-quarter Japanese? Do I have a second cousin living in London I’ve never known about? Which diseases am I genetically at risk of developing? These are the questions millions of consumers across the globe are asking — and the answers are now within reach.

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    Topics: Distribution & Logistics, Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), supply chain solutions

    Raising the Bar on Halloween Candy

    Posted by John Arkontaky on Oct 28, 2019 9:00:00 AM

    Find out what it takes to bring Halloween candy to stores and haunted houses each October.

    For retailers big and small, Halloween is synonymous with two things: screaming and spending. In 2018, the National Retail Federation estimated that Halloween spending that year would reach $9 billion, the second-highest reading in their survey’s history. Of the 175 million Americans who participated in Halloween festivities, consumers spent $2.6 billion on candy alone.

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    Topics: Transportation, food logistics, supply chain solutions

    What Is the Future of Grocery Micro-Fulfillment?

    Posted by Rik Schrader on Oct 23, 2019 2:00:00 PM

    An efficient supply chain — complete with strategically-placed micro-fulfilment centers — helps grocery retailers keep up with eCommerce demand.

    As the prevalence and convenience of eCommerce continues to grow, almost no market or industry remains untouched. New patterns of purchasing present exciting opportunities for retailers, including grocery stores who can capture new customers through online orders. In fact, research shows that 37 percent of shoppers have bought groceries online in the past year, compared to 23 percent the year prior. That’s an estimated increase of 35 million customers who are now shopping for groceries online.

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    Topics: eCommerce, Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), Voice, Order Fulfillment

    PROFITsystems Launches New Features for RETAILvantage

    Posted by Heather Smith on Oct 18, 2019 12:30:00 PM

    PROFITsystems, a HighJump product, today revealed new solutions for its server and cloud-based retail management system, RETAILvantage. The latest additions enhance sales and delivery visibility, advance security, and automate sales tax calculation. This is yet another example of PROFITsystems empowering retailers to capitalize on omnichannel sales while meeting the demands of the consumer of tomorrow.

    eCommerce, reverse logistics, tighter delivery windows, mobility, and beyond - furniture retailers must evolve to stay competitive in light of millennial expectations. This means providing next-generation experiences to consumers and staff alike. The latest version of RETAILvantage makes this possible with the following capabilities:

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    Topics: Retail, News, Omni-Channel, PROFITsystems

    Robotics Solutions For eCommerce Inventory Management

    Posted by Sean Elliott, CTO on Oct 18, 2019 9:00:00 AM

    Although many businesses still feel like robotics are years away from mainstream adoption, vendors aren’t waiting for slow adopters to come around. Shopify’s acquisition of robotics company, 6 River Systems, shows just how fast the warehouse automation landscape can change. This move makes it easier for many online retailers to solve complex eCommerce inventory management challenges, which we’ll dive into in a bit. Sometimes a moving, evolving field might be met with a “wait and see” approach. But, with vendors making adoption easier and more palatable, we expect just the opposite for robotics.

    Robotics vendors aren’t getting buzz solely because of the cool factor. As the latest additions to supply chain automation, robotics address the same issues as traditional automation, but in a new way. In short, these solutions add strategic and operational flexibility. Flexibility in overhead costs. Flexibility in resource deployment. Flexibility in warehouse design. Flexibility in growing your business.

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    Topics: eCommerce, warehouse automation, inventory management

    New York Comic Con Relies On Careful Logistics Planning

    Posted by John Arkontaky on Oct 17, 2019 1:00:00 PM

    When hordes of Deadpools, Harley Quinns, and Jon Snows descend on New York Comic Con (NYCC), event organizers need some serious logistics to keep NYCC running smoothly.

    “Geek culture” is becoming increasingly mainstream, and as a result, the number of fans attending comic and pop culture conventions continues to rise. New York Comic Con (NYCC) — an annual event held during the first weekend of October — has seen particularly rapid growth. In fact, NYCC has surpassed its predecessor, San Diego Comic Con, as the largest event of its type in North America.

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    Topics: supply chain, supply chain solutions

    Survey Report: How is Automation Impacting Warehouse Management?

    Posted by John Arkontaky on Oct 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM

    At the 2019 Elevate supply chain conference, HighJump CTO Sean Elliott addressed a packed audience, delivering his message on the challenges of the supply chain of the future. “Our technology has to step up,” he said. With a shrinking workforce and increasing pressures from customer expectations, supply chain managers have their work cut out for them.

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    Topics: supply chain solutions, warehouse automation

    10 Common Myths about Voice in the Warehouse

    Posted by Tailar Kennedy on Sep 30, 2019 2:04:33 PM

    With more than a decade of experience completing voice implementations, we have confronted many of the myths, concerns, and objections about voice. Read on to learn the 10 most common voice myths we hear, and how a voice solution can address them.

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    Topics: Voice, supply chain, supply chain solutions, process improvement