09 Aug 2020
COVID-19, Supply Chain

Supply Chain Visibility in a Time of Crisis: What the 2020 Visibility Report Tells Us

We have long had to deal with disruptions of all kinds, so why do we continue to scramble when a crisis hits? Answers to this question is in the 2020 Supply Chain Visibility Report based on research by Reuters Events and eyefortransport (eft), sponsored by Blue Yonder. The report highlights the gaps between available technical capabilities and their adoption in the areas of visibility, risk management and disruptive technologies, among other issues, as symptomatic of why we are not where we should be with preparedness and response.

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COVID-19, Retail, Supply Chain

How the COVID-19 Crisis Will Continue to Affect Retail Supply Chain Thinking

Supply chain management professionals have seen a lot over our careers. From a retail supply chain management perspective, it was a matter of understanding which throttles to slow down and when to speed things back up as the recovery took hold. There is some value to looking at how our supply chain thinking will fundamentally change in the months to come:

COVID-19, Retail, Supply Chain

Crisis Response: Dealing with Here and Now with Your Workforce

Organizations have been battling store closures, panic buying and much more due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Managing employees’ safety and health, stock levels, supply chain disruption, store recovery, and customer service during this crisis has become a herculean task. Many organizations have had to close their doors either by choice or by regulations. This will have both an immediate and longer-term impact.

COVID-19, Supply Chain

Category Management in the New Normal – POV from Blue Yonder

COVID-19 has certainly changed the way we work, shop and interact. The impacts are even greater as a strained supply chain becomes stretched to capacity to meet the demands and needs of customers looking for critical essentials. Never has there been a time when the supply chain has been strained to this degree. As I reflect on these unprecedented times, I wanted to provide a point of view on the direction of category management now and in the future.

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COVID-19, Retail, Supply Chain

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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COVID-19, Retail, Supply Chain

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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COVID-19, Supply Chain

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.