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The Real Supply Chain New Normal

| JP Wiggins

There’s just no going back to the “before” supply chain. Future generations will likely forget the lessons of the early 2020’s and make the same mistakes, but for now we’ll contend with the “new normal.” This dynamic state of affairs is going be with us for the foreseeable future. Here are 5 trends to look out for as we move forward.

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Using a 3PL to Mitigate Shipping Disruptions

| David Branson

Consumer purchasing power is only a click away, bringing significant pressure on ecommerce sellers. Shippers need innovative ways to efficiently track and transport orders. To do so, they should consider a third-party logistics (3PL) provider to gain more flexible freight options, increasing operational efficiency and visibility.

New GS1 RFID Guideline, Explained

| Mike O'Brien

Standards body GS1 US has published a new guideline retailers can use to leverage its Electronic Product Code (EPC)-based RFID technology. It supports claims compliance and is designed to improve inventory accuracy and supply chain visibility. Jonathan Gregory, director of community engagement with GS1 US, explains.

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5 Ways to Beat the Supply Chain Crisis

| Mark Hook

You may have heard there’s a global supply chain crisis. The good news is that retailers that proactively take the right steps to deal with it can not only survive but thrive. After all, when supply chain management is effective, it is proven to lower a company’s overall costs and boost profitability. Here are 5 ways brands can beat the crisis.

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Supply Chain Software: 5 Deployment Best Practices

| Tom Martucci

Whether launching new supply chain software or migrating from an existing system, having a precise evaluation and selection process drives operational effectiveness. It also reinforces transparency and fluidity throughout the organization. A thorough evaluation mapping process is one of the most powerful tools you have.

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The Supply Chain and the Future of Work

| Sam Tyagi

Companies are challenged to rethink skills, redesign new roles and responsibilities and to reorganise their structures and workplaces. But are you ready to jump the gap? The future of work concept is sweeping across sectors and industries, and supply chain managers need to put it as the top of their agendas.

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Supply Chain Insights Create Revenue Enhancement

| Patrick Long

Classic revenue enhancement is defined as selling the right product to the right customer at the right moment and the right price via the right distribution channel with the best efficiency. Let’s explore the importance of incorporating revenue management into a continuous business improvement cycle for the supply chain.

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Back to Ecommerce Basics: Shattering the Endless Shelf

| Justin Marshall

In ecommerce, we formerly used revenue, market share and similar metrics to gauge success. But if customer experience is going to be the touchstone of success, customer lifetime value (CLV), or the amount a brand can expect from any given customer over time, should be our guiding principle.

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Sustainability Info Key Purchase Driver, Survey Finds

| Mike O'Brien

Underscoring the growing importance of sustainability and an environmental focus among values-conscious consumers when choosing brands, a new survey of shoppers in the U.S., the UK, Germany and France showed just how much these issues matter during the purchase decision process. Photo credit: Charles Etoroma on Unsplash

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Supply Chain Crisis: Applying Long-Term Thinking

| Mike O'Brien

Abe Eshkenazi, CEO of the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM), said organizations need to take more of a long-term, systemic view vs. short-term fixes in response to a crisis. In this MCM podcast, Eshkenazi stresses the need for better visibility to read demand signals, and consideration of upstream/downstream effects. of efforts in any one node.