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Cross-border geoblocking and the supply chain’s last mile

DustinMattison

Cross-border geoblocking and the supply chain's last mile

I recently spoke with Robert Thiemann, the Founder of BPM-Lux and Advisor of BPM, Logistics & Transport to discuss recent changes in cross-border geoblocking regulations in Europe and the implications for consumers and sellers.

As a result of these changes, Thiemann details why online retailers will need to consider how to design last mile supply chain solutions to facilitate cross border deliveries and the return of unwanted goods for end consumers.

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Apparel and footwear: At what point is missed sales better than excess inventory?

HarishIyer

Supply chain faux pas slows adidas sales growth

In adidas’s recent earnings call, CEO Kasper Rorsted warned that adidas would miss its 2019 growth target because its supply chain was unable to meet the huge demand for its mid-priced apparel, especially in North America.

adidas expected this to result in a one to two percentage point drop in its revenue growth, translating to a drop in revenue between €100 and €200 million.

For a company operating at almost 52 percent gross margin, that’s not an insignificant amount. 

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There will be no Valentine’s Day Sweethearts this year

AlisonCrawford

There will be no Valentine's Day Sweethearts this yearValentine’s Day will be less romantic this year. Due to financial troubles, corporate acquisitions, time constraints, and a lack of supply chain planning we won’t be able to tell the ones we love things like “Be Mine”, “Kiss Me”, “Call Me”, “Let’s Get Busy”, or “Miss You” in sweet, chalky letters.

That’s because, for the first time since their creation in 1901, Sweethearts candies, an iconic staple of our Valentine’s Day celebrations won’t be manufactured.

Consumer packaged goods is a tough and evolving market

Faltering consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are a very common phenomenon in this new consumer world, so it’s no surprise that Necco shuttered its doors. There were company specific issues with cleanliness in their factory, and larger trends of slowing sales of sugary foods as well as distribution limitations. Like many other consumer product companies, Necco was heavily reliant on retailers to sell all items in their portfolio. Necco didn’t evolve, and for that reason, they went the way of Clearly Canadian and Dunkaroos.

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Dyson selects Kinaxis to manage global supply chain

JayMuelhoefer

Dyson selects Kinaxis to manage global supply chainOne of the most exciting consumer products companies in the world, Dyson Inc., has selected Kinaxis to enhance its supply chain agility to achieve a greater competitive advantage.

A unique global technology company with a passion for innovation, Dyson will deploy Kinaxis to accelerate planning alignment across its supply chain operations to unlock the rapidly growing demand for its products.

“Using Kinaxis to underpin our Supply Chain Operations will help Dyson continue to grow as the pace of demand for our technology accelerates globally,” said Scott Maguire, Vice President of Global Engineering & Operations, Dyson.

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Retail supply chain management and the rise of fast fashion

IlyasKucukcay

Retail supply chain management and the rise of fast fashionFrom the incredible pace of turnover in style trends to the excess waste it produces, today’s fast fashion phenomenon is a controversial topic on many fronts. However, when it comes to the efficiency of today’s retail supply chain management techniques, controversy is replaced by admiration as international clothiers boast operations efficient enough to accurately anticipate demand in one of the world’s most rapidly changing industries.

While it’s too early to deem the business model for traditional fashion retailers obsolete, “on-demand” fashion has forged ahead by sourcing goods that are cheaper and faster to gather and have been quicker to leverage technology into their shopping experience, helping consumers find the best deals through online stores.

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Independent research reveals how organizations can succeed in a brave new tariff-driven trade world

MikeMcAllister

Ventana Whitepaper - Winning in the New Era of TradeIt sounds ominous, but it’s a brave new tariff-driven trade world out there – a reality senior executives whose organizations operate global supply chains are coming to grips with.

Navigating the latest tariffs, and the resulting ripple effects on currencies along with fluctuations in labor costs make it increasingly difficult for companies managing complex multinational supply chains to make effective sourcing, purchasing and production decisions fast enough to stay competitive.

And by staying competitive, we’re talking about the bottom line. Because at the end of the day, that’s how corporate leadership is measured.

According to Ventana Research in a report commissioned by Kinaxis, only 35 percent of companies with more than 1000 employees say they’re able to react quickly to changing marketing conditions – an astonishingly low number.

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