COVID-19 Risk Response: Ensuring Supply Chain Visibility & Resiliency in a Time of Need

In the “Mitigating the Impact of the Coronavirus on Supply Chains with Machine Learning and Real-Time Visibility” blog post earlier this month, we shared how our data science team is busy feeding data into Blue Yonder’s artificial intelligence (AI)-driven control tower to help visualize and predict current and future impacts of COVID-19. As the pandemic…

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What Retailers Need to Consider to Come Out Ahead from Times of Uncertainty

During times of distress, nothing brings comfort like returning to basics and simplicity. As the impacts of the COVID-19 continue to evolve, consumers are faced with unprecedented disruptions to these basics while retailers are scrambling to understand impacts on their supply chain. The one constant, though, in all the chaos: retailers remain focused on servicing customers and keeping their employees working.

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How COVID-19 Will Impact Softline Retailers

Softline retailers have been battling store closures and traffic declines in malls for several years. They have made moves to shift toward experiential retailers. They have deployed omni-channel capabilities like buy online pickup in store (BOPIS) and buy online return in store (BORIS) to drive traffic and deliver a seamless experience for customers. Ultimately, softline retailers were just starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel… until COVID-19 coronavirus arrived.

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How COVID-19 is Shifting Supply Chains

From the outside, it does seem like things are beyond control. Food/grocery retailers are seeing unprecedented demand for many items, most notably paper, and sanitizing products, canned goods, and products with a longer shelf life. But what are we seeing? If we step back and look at it from the inside, i.e., the overall supply chain, things begin to make more sense. After all, are people using more toilet paper, or eating three times as much food than they normally do? It’s not about the shortage, it’s about how quickly retailers can stock shelves when masses of people clear them out far quicker than average.

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Importance of a Risk-Aware Supply Chain

A recent McKinsey & Company “COVID-19: Briefing Note”1 highlighted end-to-end supply chain actions to consider in the response to COVID-19 (slide 24). It only served to underscore Blue Yonder’s mission in supporting our supply chain customers and helping them ensure that supplies and products get to the people who need them, on time.

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The Inevitability of Warehouse Robots

Recently, while attempting to leave San Francisco International Airport, I found myself halted by the CAFEX coffee-making robot. Its glistening white arms moved with surprisingly organic fluidity, even attempting to gently swirl the cup’s contents. Instantly, I found myself in an internal social debate, “Is this the end of the cheery barista?” But my concern for my…

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