June 2016 Archive
June 28, 2016
Retailers Rethink Inventory Strategies (WSJ)
Retailers including Home Depot, Target and Walmart are cutting their in-store inventory because of the high cost and their financial challenges. Any reduction in the level of capital tied up in unsold goods frees up resources to invest elsewhere, such as building out online operations or covering wage increases. But destocking isn’t without risk. Bare shelves are a major annoyance to shoppers who take the time to go into stores to shop.
June 23, 2016
The New Panama Canal: A Risky Bet (NYT)
For more than 100 years, the canal has been a vital artery nourishing the world economy, a testament to American engineering and one of the signature public works of the 20th century. The new locks, built by Panama without help from other governments, were sold to the nation and the world as a way to ensure that the canal remained as much of a lifeline in the hyperglobalized 21st century as it was in the last.
June 23, 2016
Gap Inc takes to cloud to optimise clothing price
Clothing retailer Gap Inc is localising the way it prices inventory in its network of retail stores using a cloud-based optimisation system.
Omni-channel customers buy and return goods online or via physical stores, and expect excellent service regardless of how they receive their purchases, meeting these expectations requires inventory to be visible and available globally.
As both companies face stalling growth, the big-box retailer challenges the consumer-products giant with more store brands, lower prices and less shelf space
June 8, 2016
How to Revitalize U.S. Manufacturing (WSJ)
Nine policies that could spark new growth in factory jobs and the economic benefits they bring
June 7, 2016
An Operating System for Global Trade (TechCrunch)
Transparency begets data, which begets efficiency. Smarter shipping shrinks the physical world the way faster internet shrinks the digital one. New businesses emerge. High bandwidth connections paved the way for Netflix. Now Flexport could make meatspace merchants as nimble as Amazon.
June 3, 2016
Walmart Looks to Drones to Speed Distribution (NYT)
Walmart, the country’s largest retailer, is testing the use of flying drones to handle inventory at its large warehouses, which supply the thousands of Walmart stores throughout the nation. In six to nine months, the company said, the machines may be used in one or more of its distribution centers.
Ebay differentiates its customer value from Amazon – focuses on making online auction site more personalized and will not compete on speedy deliveries. “I don’t have to be like Amazon, I don’t have to be like anyone else,” said Mr. Wenig at the Code Conference. “I’d rather have a billion unique items that arrive in three days than a billion commodity items that arrive in an hour.”