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National Retail Federation Seeks to ‘Close the Loop,’ Acquires Reverse Logistics Association
The National Retail Federation is acquiring the Reverse Logistics Association as it looks to bolster its circular economy expertise.
US Retail Sales Growing At Unprecedented Rates
The National Retail Federation is anticipating that retail sales will now grow between 10.5% and 13.5% to more than $4.44 trillion this year as the economy accelerates its pace of recovery.
Reducing Costs of Returns in the Omnichannel Supply Chain
The simple fact of the matter is that any customer-facing organization must support the ideology of processing returns; whether or not that process can be efficient and productive comes down to how returns are handled.
Riding the Pandemic’s Wave of Change through Retail Supply Chain Innovation
During the pandemic, stay-at-home consumers switched to online buying, and the 2020 roll call of bricks-and-mortar bankruptcies reads like a “who’s who” of retailing, however, the pandemic has also unleashed a wave of unparalleled supply chain innovation.

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Why Automation in Retail Supply Chains Requires Improving Dock Scheduling Capabilities
Retail is continuously looking for a bigger, better way to move freight, please more customers, avoid losses, and reduce the risk of disruption, Automation in the retail supply chain unlocks this capability, but it comes with a catch, without efficiency in procurement processes, particularly the management of inbound freight on the dock, it will fail.

A Dock Scheduling Requirement as Retailers Double Down on WMS & WES Solutions
Supply chains across the globe need more efficiency to survive, the opportunities to grow fulfillment and improve the flow of inbound and outbound freight depends on multiple factors, items need efficient unloading and comprehensive, digital put-away processes.

Retail Distribution Centre Automation: Using Technology to Stay in the Game
In this paper, you will learn about the changing retail environment and how automation options can be adopted as a means of building the velocity, accuracy, and efficiency it takes to thrive on the retail battlefield.

Warehouse Software Systems: The Brains Behind the Operation
In this paper, we look at the absolute fundamental importance of the software systems that underpin distribution center operations: warehouse management systems, warehouse execution systems, and warehouse control systems.

Emerging Digital Technologies for the Retail Supply Chain: Strategic Advantage or Big Question Mark?
This paper outlines three rapidly evolving technologies that have demonstrated benefits for supply chain operations; 5G communications, digital twins, and blockchain, and is designed to help you make the critical decisions that will drive your organization forward and stay ahead of the retail game.

Artificial Intelligence: Making Machine Learning Analytics Work for Your Retail Operation
In this 'paper' we look at some of the ways warehouse and distribution center operations are evolving, and how to ensure that all your systems are in sync to make the most of new strategies and technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

The Internet of Things: How IoT Is Reshaping Retail The Deal Is in the Data
In this paper, we take an Internet of Things reality check and discovered IoT does have numerous applications for retail operations, but not necessarily where we thought they might be a few years ago.

Walmart’s Bid for TikTok Could Benefit the Retail Giant’s Ecommerce and Advertising Businesses
Walmart's move is part of a broader play to bring more shoppers, advertisers, vendors into the fold as the lines between content and commerce continue to blur.

Walmart Ecommerce Sales Rose 74% in First Quarter - Shuts Down
Walmart reported stronger-than-expected first-quarter earnings today, driven by a surge in e-commerce and higher traffic in stores as the coronavirus pandemic sparked massive purchases in household goods.

National Retail Federation Forecasts 2019 Holiday Sales Will Grow Between 3.8% & 4.2%
“The U.S. economy is continuing to grow and consumer spending is still the primary engine behind that growth,” said National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay.

Honeywell Helps Apparel Logistics Group Triple Daily Output from Its Ecommerce Distribution Center
Honeywell Intelligrated’s technology and technical support services will help The Apparel Logistics Group expand its e-commerce parcel shipping capability, increase productivity at the shipping dock, ensure order accuracy and expand its value-added services capacity, which includes returned merchandise management and product customization.

BigCommerce | Shipping, Delivered: Best Practices & Expectations for 2019
In this new survey of 3,000 digital consumers and 800 online merchants conducted by ecommerce platform BigCommerce, we detail how shipping impacts your customer’s experience, and how Amazon is forcing retailers to offer more shipping options.

Amazon Forcing Retailers to Offer More Shipping Options
A new survey of 3,000 digital consumers and 800 online merchants conducted by ecommerce platform BigCommerce indicates that more than half of online shoppers have stopped shopping with retailers due to a negative shipping experience.

A Deep Dive Into Shippers’ Ecommerce Strategies
A new DHL report, entitled “The ecommerce supply chain: Overcoming growing pains,” takes a deep dive into the intersection of the importance of ecommerce on customer retention and satisfaction, as well as the barriers to implementing a successful ecommerce supply chain strategy.

The Ecommerce Supply Chain: Overcoming Growing Pains
This report and survey captured the opinions and insights of nearly 900 decision-makers responsible for logistics and supply chain management and e-commerce distribution strategy across the globe.

Walmart Taking Grocery Delivery One Step Further
Walmart's latest announcement at its annual shareholder meeting: a grocery delivery service where a Walmart employee enters your home and loads your refrigerator.

Suresh Kumar to Join Walmart in New Elevated Chief Technology Officer and Chief Development Officer
25-year tech executive brings deep experience in retail and eCommerce, advertising, cloud, and machine learning.

Ecommerce Delivery – What Do Your Customers Want?
This paper includes 3 real delivery scenarios and the supply chain and logistics needs, case studies, of London's Portobello Road MOU company, the iconic Lulu brand, and Escalade Sports.

Defining and Executing Omnichannel Fulfillment
Omnichannel is an integrated approach to retail that tries to provide the customers with a consistent shopping experience on different channels: online, via telephone or a brick-and-mortar store.

Could Amazon Be Worried About The “Walmart Effect”?
We take a closer look at the parallels between the Walmart Effect and the Amazon Effect and explore the implications for the future of online and brick-and-mortar shopping.

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Retail Industry Leaders Association
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is best defined by the companies we represent: America’s leading retailers. As the retail industry’s advocate in Washington, RILA is a trusted source dedicated to telling the retail industry’s story and…
Flowspace provides on-demand warehousing for businesses. We handle the storage, transportation, and service of your inventory on a month-to-month basis without space minimums. Flowspace operates warehouses in every major metropolitan area with principal locations in Los Angeles, Ontario, Oakland, Pennsylvania,…
BigCommerce is the world’s leading cloud ecommerce platform for established and rapidly-growing businesses. Combining enterprise functionality, an open architecture and app ecosystem, and market-leading performance, BigCommerce enables businesses to grow online sales with 80% less cost, time and complexity than…
Hundreds of the largest organizations in the world rely on Kaleris software solutions to gain real-time visibility into transportation and yard operations, manage and maintain transportation assets, and automate and optimize inventory orchestration throughout the supply chain.
SEKO Logistics
SEKO provides complete Supply Chain Solutions, specializing in transportation, logistics, forwarding and warehousing. We also lead the industry with innovative and configurable IT solutions, which provide a seamless flow of information and give our growing customer base true supply chain…
ReposiTrak®, a wholly owned subsidiary of Park City Group, partners with retailers to accelerate sales, control risk and reduce supply chain expense.  The ReposiTrak MarketPlace allows retailers to search, sample, vet, onboard, and order from new suppliers to expand local…
Slice Intelligence
Slice Intelligence is the only direct measurement of all digital commerce activity and customer loyalty. By collecting and cataloging actual shopping behaviors from online shoppers in the wild, Slice Intelligence precisely measures what others have only been able to approximate,…
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Apprise is making business management better for consumer goods distributors. Founded in 1984, Apprise creates integrated Enterprise Resource Planning and Supply Chain Management solutions for companies all around the world.
Verigo is technology company on a mission to reduce supply chain abuse and help keep the products you rely on safe. From fresh produce to pharmaceuticals, Verigo develops quality management solutions that empower stakeholders to ensure safety and reduce shrink…
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