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The National Retail Federation today urged maritime management and the union representing dockworkers along the U.S. West Coast ports to expedite pending contract negotiations and reach agreement on a new deal well in advance of the expiration of the current contract this summer. NRF believes expedited negotiations would strengthen the supply chain and provide shippers and retailers the certainty they need to utilize the West Coast ports during the holiday shipping period, which begins in July.
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Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to increase 12.4 percent in March as retailers begin to stock up for the spring and the summer season, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports is expected to grow 1.8 percent in December over the same month last year, and the year should end with an increase of 2.3 percent over 2012, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
The National Council of Chain Restaurants today issued the following statement from NCCR Executive Director Rob Green on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volume mandate for 2014:
Import volume at the nation’s major retail container ports grew 6.5 percent in October over the same month last year despite the government shutdown, and year-over-year increases are expected to continue for the remainder of the year, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
The National Retail Federation today issued the following statements from NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay and NRF Chairman Stephen I. Sadove of Saks Incorporated on the opening of the U.S. Manufacturing Summit, which brought 1,500 government and business leaders together in Orlando this week to discuss the importance of domestic sourcing and how best to harness the potential of American manufacturing and retailing.
From Samepoint. The Samepoint Big Data Retail team conducted research and analysis of the Social Media landscape to identify which of the nation’s top retailers are experiencing inventory issues, and within which geographical areas. The Samepoint Social Media Retail Application extracted and aggregated the customers’ comments at a regional and store level. These comments were then categorized, analyzed and sorted by sentiment (Positive, Neutral, and Negative).
From Motorola Solutions. To meet shopper expectations in the omnichannel world, you must be able to see what’s in-stock and where it’s located across all supply chain channels. This paper discusses how omnichannel retailing is changing end-to-end supply chain operations, especially when it comes to meeting customers' complex fulfillment demands. It also examines the growth in importance of direct-to-customer shipping and offers suggestions for how retailers can utilize technology to make all the components of the supply chain work seamlessly together.
From Microsoft Dynamics, Sunrise Technologies and Edgewater Fullscope Feat. Gartner. The segment, “CPG Talk in 2013: Conversations CPG Companies Need to Have Now to Compete and Survive,” features Gartner analyst Nigel Montgomery. Executives John Pence of Sunrise Technologies, Fred Studer of Microsoft, and Russell Smith of Edgewater Fullscope discuss new considerations for executives at CPG companies on the technology strategies needed to stay competitive in a global economy, including implementing business strategies, managing information, and keeping up with the changing worlds of technology and CPG.
From BT. APAC is different! Key challenges felt by CPG industry players in the rest of the world are often even more acutely felt in APAC with its vast distances, real borders, cultural diversity, different operating models, and variable levels of physical and technical infrastructure.
From HCL Technologies. Achieving Supply Change Visibility excellence has become a major concern for supply chain leaders. To address the above-mentioned challenges organizations need a dynamic and robust SCV framework that can enable quick response to change as well as improve and strengthen the organizational supply chain by making data readily available to all stakeholders, including the customer.
From DiCentral. Deploying EDI has saved national retailers millions of dollars by reducing costs of processing transactions. Find out with this white paper how your retail operation can benefit significantly from the advantages of EDI.
From DiCentral. Regardless of the size or scope of their businesses, retailers that engage a managed services provider for EDI both eliminate complexity from trading partner relationships and get critical help bridging the retailer/supplier gap. This white paper discusses how managed EDI tools benefit the retailer, and explores how EDI can reduce the risks and the complexities associated with the modern retail supply chain.
From HCL Technologies. The demand for mobility solutions is growing with consumerism affecting enterprise IT adoption of generic devices and driving most industries to deliver over specialized devices or proprietary networks, hence fostering sales for mobility and IT services providers. This paper has been prepared to touch upon the key challenges in retail home delivery operations and how latest innovations in mobility can be applied to address these challenges with the help of HCL Mobility Solution.
From ecVision. Retailers and suppliers that rely on technology indicate that they have been able to speed up order cycle times, improve the percentage of “perfect orders”, and minimize inventory shortages and stock outs. Even if your company isn’t a retail giant, the need to take action to fine tune your supply chain is imperative in order to stay competitive and ensure long-term continued existence. Fortunately, there are supply chain technology solutions that can help manage volatility, mitigate risk, and remain agile enough to react to the up-and-down economy.
The National Retail Federation Foundation (NRFF) and KPMG have published the ninth annual "state of the retail industry" study, Retail Horizons: Benchmarks for 2010, Forecasts for 2011. Retail Horizons offers a detailed overview of the current state of the industry and retailers’ plans for the year ahead. The full report provides deep insights into tactical decisions and strategies retail companies will implement as the industry continues to recover, and how they will try to maintain customer focus while placing a greater emphasis on the bottom line. Research for this year’s report was conducted in the fall of 2010 and is based on responses in nine functional areas through online surveys from more than 310 retail executives in 135 companies.
KPMG and NRF Foundation are pleased to deliver the eighth annual state of the retail industry study, Retail Horizons: Benchmarks for 2009,Forecasts for 2010. A year ago, the retail industry was facing its greatest global financial crisis in decades and, while challenges continued in 2009, lessons were learned. This year's report details how retailers moved quickly and thoughtfully to position themselves for success as they entered a new decade.
From ecVision. Yearly, retailers crank out millions of cotton garments – and right now are paying a premium because of it. Cotton prices are the highest we’ve seen in the last 10 to 15 years. This will eventually make the retail price creep up and the consumer is faced with the decision to buy now or wait for a markdown. Not a position you want to be in.
From Tompkins Associates. Massive job losses, bankruptcies, home foreclosures, bailouts, revenue and profit disappointments, falling GDP, declining consumer price index, exports plunging. Every day brings another negative headline. Now, strong evidence indicates that the worst of the recession is over. In fact, some industry sectors have 'bottomed' and are already on the rebound. It’s time to take note that your sector has either bottomed or will be bottoming soon and it is paramount that you begin planning now for 'The Great Comeback.' The purpose of this report is to help you develop a Recovery Plan and a Great Comeback Plan in response to this Great Recession.
Retailers are struggling to react swiftly and smartly to current conditions in the economic downturn. Changes in consumer demand and the effects of increasing supply chain complexity on operations accelerate the need to reduce costs, but doing so without regard to strategy risks stifling innovation and future growth. Assessing and managing global supply chain performance and efficiency are vital to maintaining profitability. The timely resource presents important insights and examines tools and methodologies to help retailers re-think old strategies so that they can effectively manage the challenges of global sourcing and the fluctuating buying behaviors of consumers. From Tompkins Associates.