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Industry Study looks at Inventory Management as a Critical Function within Omni-Channel Logistics

LEGACY Supply Chain Services and Adrian Gonzalez, president of Adelante SCM, have released the findings from their 2018 research study on inventory management trends within omni-channel logistics, and it's extremely interesting.

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LEGACY Supply Chain Services and Adrian Gonzalez, president of Adelante SCM, have released the findings from their 2018 research study on inventory management trends within omni-channel logistics, and it's extremely interesting.

Research from BluJay Solutions and Adelante SCM indicates that leaders prioritize customers, integrated technology solutions, and supply chain connectivity and visibility.

Following last year’s merger and acquisition frenzy, the speed of technology implementation by the new “mega 3PLs” will need to keep pace with the evolving challenges of omni-channel fulfillment, and those providers that meet shipper needs will remain dominant.

With poor commercial practices currently in place in the 3PL industry, the goal of this white paper is to help GSCs and 3PLs be more aware of the need to create fair and balanced commercial agreements that promote healthy businesses on both sides.

Getting to the answer requires retailers to take a broader, more strategic perspective of supply chain management, one that goes beyond defining supply chain excellence only in terms of cost reduction and control.

The issue of 3PL commoditization has been repeatedly raised, with 3PLs expressing the desire for shippers to view them more as strategic partners and not just as suppliers.

Between a consumer-led revolution, competition from Amazon, international sourcing, and port shutdowns, retail supply chains are challenged like never before - a new e-book and self-assessment tool offer benchmarks and insights into how supply chains can indeed keep up with the retail consumer.

“Simply put, the era of mass merchandising is giving way to a new era: personalized merchandising where retailers are customizing their offerings for each consumer instead of taking a one-size-fits-all approach.”

LEGACY Supply Chain Services has launched an interactive tool and ebook designed to help retailers evaluate their own supply chain performance, and identify opportunities for improvement.

In the wake of the recent acquisition of Norbert Dentressangle by XPO Logistics, the logistics community is bracing for even more major consolidation deals, and the third-party logistics provider (3PL) community is loving it, especially as their margins continue to widen - particularly throughout North America.

I limited myself to just six predictions, although I believe many of the predictions I made last year (and the year before that) will continue to play out in 2015 and beyond.

Finding the right 3PL in today’s global marketplace involves looking beyond the provider’s “vision” statement. And there’s still an element of prognostication involved once a short list of the Top 50 has been whittled down.