Record Holiday Returns

The 2017 Christmas holiday hit record highs in e-commerce sales. Record-breaking Black Friday and Cyber Week set the stage for another record, return shipments. According to SupplyChain247, in December 2017, consumers shipped more than…

Skilled Worker Shortage Challenge for 2018

The economy is improving creating a new challenge for 2018, skilled labor shortage. According to ASQ 2018 Manufacturing Outlook Survey, for the first time since 2013, the shortage of skilled workers overtakes the economy…

2017 Top Supply Chain Innovations

As 2017 comes to an end, there were several top supply chain technologies, processes and labor management innovations that impacted supply chain productivity this year. Last-mile delivery Ergonomics Sustainability Autonomous vehicles Motor carriers Labor…

Diversity Key to Supply Chain Talent Recruitment

Supply chain talent recruitment continues to be a challenge. African Americans and minorities are an untapped talent pool for the supply chain industry.  Nearly all students in Supply Chain Management (SCM) receive an internship…

In-Store Sales Expect Record Holiday Season

Consumers favor in-store fulfillment due to the convenience. Consumers favor in-store fulfillment services like “Buy Online, Pickup In-Store” (BOPIS) and “Buy Online, Return In-Store” (BORIS). Retailers are capitalizing on in-store foot traffic to market…

E-commerce Adjusting & Evolving for the Future

The economy is good and e-commerce is booming. The steady growth in e-commerce and all the challenges it brings around piece picking, labor management, and cycles times, is driving significant change. The need for…

Ecommerce Warehouse Boom Generating New Jobs

As shopping has shifted from conventional retail stores to online ecommerce sites, many retail workers have been left without jobs. Online retailers are breathing new life into past manufacturing communities that need an economic…

How to Increase Employee Engagement

All employees want to succeed and contribute to their team’s overall success. Innovative engagement ideas can help bring your team together, encourage empowerment, improve performance and motivate employees. Implement a few creative ideas and…

IIoT Making Supply Chains Smarter and Sustainable

IIoT connects everyday embedded computing devices real time through communication networks. These networks connect enterprises to manufacturing and distribution facilities, suppliers and transportation providers making the supply chain smarter. IIoT increases supply chain visibility…

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