6 Steps Toward Making Inventory Management More Strategic

| Brian Barry

Retailers and ecommerce companies have spent considerable sums on inventory management, filling customer orders from multiple shipping points. Your company can benefit by adopting a strategic approach to optimizing inventory that will help maximize sales and profits and improve customer service.

Retail Transformation: Strategies to Make “Fulfill From Store” A Reality

| Brent Felker

It’s hard to escape the chatter claiming the death of the traditional retail store. And, when stores do go bankrupt, we hear the same explanation: Ecommerce and direct-to-home delivery has turned brick-and-mortar retail into an outdated model for serving customer needs and desires. Here are some key areas to think about when fulfilling from a retail store.

A 6-Step Process for Improved Inventory Management

| Brian Barry

In omnichannel and ecommerce companies, inventory management, including tracking and reserving inventory for orders, is crucial for maximizing sales and improving customer satisfaction. Here is a 5-step process for assessing your inventory systems and developing an action plan for improvement.

How to Collaborate with Suppliers for Better Demand Planning

| Rod Daugherty

To compete and succeed today, think of supply chain planning as significantly more than replenishment. One critical area is collaborative demand planning with your supplier partners. Here are some steps you can take to create and sustain a collaborative process that is mutually beneficial.

Anticipate Customer Desires with Precision Inventory Planning

| Rod Daugherty

Big data analysis has revolutionized the understanding of customer demand, providing visibility and precision for inventory planning on a whole new level. Now you can not only better understand what influences buying behavior but begin predicting what and when customers will buy with unprecedented accuracy.

How to Gauge Your Inventory Management Health

| John Macomber

Every day, small and midsize businesses face inventory risks that, if left unmanaged, can negatively impact the bottom line. However, these issues can often be diagnosed well in advance with the right preparation. Asking your team the following questions can help you accurately gauge the health of your inventory management processes.

3 Threats to Retail Success During Holiday Peak Season

| Daniela Forte

Many retailers are already preparing for the holiday season, and most definitely should as early as Amazon Prime Day on July 11. In a recent study by Radial, peak season accounts for more than 30% of total yearly sales for retailers, which means even one small slip-up can affect annual revenues. Before retailers go into the holiday season, here are three threats they need to watch for.

Evaluating Your Inventory Costs in a Multi-DC Format

| Brian Barry

To remain competitive, many companies are looking to add distribution centers closer to the customer so they can offer more products quickly. Part of this planning process involves managing multi-DC inventories and fulfilling customer orders. Here are the factors to consider and how they impact your inventory costs.