Initial online and in-store retail shopping data relative to the five days spanning the 2017 Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday holiday period indeed reflect a rather positive kickoff to this year’s holiday fulfillment period.
Omni-Channel Commerce Supply Chain Impacts
Supply Chain Matters continues with reviewing and self-scoring each of the 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains published at the beginning of this year. This Part Four posting provides an assessment of our prediction for global online shopping platform dominance among Alibaba and Amazon, and that business self-interest would fuel continued supply chain sustainability actions and initiatives.
Supply Chain Matters continues with reviewing and self-scoring each of the 2017 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains published at the beginning of this year. This Part Two posting provides an assessment of our prediction for a supply chain talent perfect storm and the prediction for added product sourcing challenges due to increased anti-trade actions.
This independent supply chain management industry analyst recently had the opportunity to both attend and participate in the Bristlecone Pulse 2017 conference. This was from my view, one incredible conference of supply chain management thought leadership, one that likely provided attendees a lot of strategies and topics to consider regarding their respective organizational transformational leadership efforts.
Social and business media was abuzz last week with reports and speculation regarding a move by Amazon to supposedly make a move into the highly lucrative pharmaceutical and drug market space. Then again, any news that equates Amazon in attacking a different market will obviously draw all sorts of attention given the online retailer’s ongoing role as a disruptor and juggernaut of technology.
UPS announced plans to add an additional 5 million square feet of parcel logistics and shipping capacity in 2018, nearly five times more than what the carrier invested this year. The global carrier indicated that it will make such investments because of expected parcel shipping volume increases emanating from the online commerce area. However, with more capacity investments to support peaks, and with added financial incentives to train consumers to buy in more planned intervals, is there a risk of too much overall capacity at too high a cost?