Everyone knows Zara as the Spanish owned retail legend that has been leading fast-fashion with its chic, street-fashion, but more impressive is his supply chain management.
Fashion is already a difficult industry to operate in. It is unpredictable and uncertain. Rapidly the push from fashion companies driving their own [...]
A case that has been almost 7 years in the making, Deutsche Bahn is finally suing air freight companies for colluding to inflate air freight fees. The German rail company has filed two lawsuits totaling in approximately $3 billion against 13 airlines including Air France-KLM SA, British Airways, Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd., Deutsche Lufthansa AG, [...]
With the busy holiday season quickly approaching, Amazon, Inc. is preparing itself by stocking its facilities with orange robots. Coined “pickers,” these machines will now assist Amazon workers by bringing them stocked shelving units in the 1.2 million-square-foot facility warehouse.
Due to the volume of Amazon warehouses, estimated about 20 [...]
“Don’t ‘greenwash’ because you will be caught out. The media, your own colleagues and customers will be aware (if you pretend to have good sustainability credentials)” was the message the IKEA UK’s environment and sustainable development manager Charlie Browne, speaking at the CIPS Annual Conference.
A good starting point is for procurement departments to look at [...]
The struggling United States Post Office continues to look at its parcel delivery business as perhaps the key path to some level of financial viability – and it is using significant price cuts to wrest share away from market leaders UPS and FedEx.
The latest USPS pricing initiative began in August when its government regulators gave [...]
Suppliers to Apple are scrambling to get enough iPhone 6 screens ready as the need to redesign a key component disrupted the panel productions mid last week. The issue highlights the risks and challenges that suppliers face to meet Apple’s tough specifications. It is yet unclear whether the hiccup could delay the launch or limit [...]
A second revolution has been quietly gaining traction in the U.S. transportation sector. Over the last five years, more than $450 million of private sector capital has been invested in natural gas fueling infrastructure. In fact, a technological breakthrough has enabled the development of both fuel storage enhancements and lighter stronger tanks that promise to increase [...]
The head of Boeing’s Defense, Chris Chadwick, spoke on Monday that nearly two-thirds of its $6 Billion in cost cutting will come from savings found in its network of suppliers.
“There continues to be tremendous opportunity in the supply chain for efficiency, cost reduction” said Chadwick. Boeing has already cut $4 Billion and plan to cut [...]
According to a survey by BRP, the top priority for retailers is “to enable a seamless customer experience online and in the store.”
BRP defines this “unified commerce” initiative as the evolution of both multi-channel and omni-channel retailing to provide seamless shopping experience for customers anywhere. The survey offers insights into retailers’ current capabilities, planned initiatives, [...]
The contract between the Pacific Maritime Associates and International longshore and Warehouse Union expired on July 1st, 2014. As both sides continue their negotiations to reach and sign a new agreement, retailers are thinking ahead and exporting holiday merchandise into the country at record levels to protect themselves of any future supply chain disruptions.
Retailers have [...]