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Suppliers

Trade Policy Whiplash is the New Norm. How Do Companies Maintain the Integrity of Their Supply Chain

June 18, 2019

Via: SCMR Editorial

Managing global supply chains is not for the faint-hearted, especially in today’s nerve-wracking political environment. The last few weeks have tested even the most battle-hardened practitioners, as companies have scrambled to react to abrupt changes in government trade policy. How […]


Retail Types, Stores

Walmart to lay off nearly 600 finance workers

June 18, 2019

Via: Retail Dive

Walmart has been trimming its corporate and back-office operations in an effort to become a leaner business. Jobs in its corporate office and optical services were cut last year, for example. The workers will be leaving the Charlotte office starting […]


Retail Trends

Report: US retailers see increased need for “digital transformation”

June 17, 2019

Via: Retail Dive

The report indicates that while retailers know they need to invest in technology, they don’t always have the knowledge to take action. Tech. asked retail executives to rate six technologies on their rate of understanding, with visual search receiving the […]


Others, Tech

Amazon releases tools for kid skills in Alexa

June 17, 2019

Via: Retail Dive

Allowing outside developers onto Amazon’s platform is yet another step in the company’s efforts to captivate a younger market. The company introduced the Amazon Echo Dot for children, complete with a suite of kid-focused content, apps and skills, in April […]


Retail Trends

Will the once marvelous department store ever come back?

June 12, 2019

Via: Retail Dive

Private labels. Localization. Home delivery. Knowledge about the customer. Personalization and customization. Most of the innovations that are fueling today’s most successful retail startups have less to do with avant-garde tech like AI and robots and more to do with […]


Retail Types, Stores

Kohl’s to Shutter All Its Discount Stores

June 12, 2019

Via: Retail Info Systems News

Kohl’s Corp. is shutting down all four of its Off/Aisle discount stores. The Off/Aisle locations, three in Wisconsin and one in New Jersey, will close on August 3, reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Kohl’s debuted the off-price format in 2015 […]


E-commerce, Retail Types, Stores

As Walmart and Amazon war escalates, smaller retailers caught in the crossfire

June 11, 2019

Via: Retail Dive

The general merchandising giants — namely Walmart and Target — have been winners so far this year in a bruising retail market even as they compete against an ever-growing Amazon, which has the advantage of largely “profit-agnostic” investors, in the […]


Retail Trends

Retail shrink totaled $50.6B in 2018

June 11, 2019

Via: Retail Dive

Cybercrime is an increasing threat faced by loss-prevention teams, and the top issue on the minds of those surveyed. But a majority of those loss-prevention professionals indicated they aren’t often involved in cybersecurity issues. Loss prevention departments are typically called […]


Retail Trends

Retailers prioritize mobile shopping experience

June 10, 2019

Via: Retail Dive

Retailers have seen multiple casualties as online shopping continues to upend brick-and-mortar businesses. Recent notable closures include Party City and Family Dollar. However, as the report points out, retailers expect their online sales to grow and, in turn, are focused […]


Others, Tech

Amazon rolls out AR lipstick try-ons via L’Oréal’s ModiFace

June 5, 2019

Via: Retail Dive

While AR try-ons have been gaining steam as a key part of marketing beauty products, the technology’s arrival on Amazon has the potential to bring AR trials to a significantly wider audience than previous deployments to date. With more consumers […]