April 27, 2017
From smartphones and portable speakers to activity trackers and equipment accessories, there’s no question that we love our devices. Small electronics fulfillment is a category that has expanded rapidly since the advent of the iPhone, as more and more devices on the market spark new accessories and innovative add-ons.
The sector is a challenging one for brands and fulfillment providers alike. The dynamic nature of the small electronics market makes for numerous product segments and sub-categories, not all of which are guaranteed to last for long.
While this diversity and dynamism make for a lucrative and exciting market to be a part of, there are some specific challenges that supply chain managers must consider.
Continue reading 4 Core Challenges of Small Electronics Fulfillment
April 20, 2017
As with all visible elements of a brand, the packaging you choose reflects the business you want to be in the eyes of the end consumer. For many, that means sustainable packaging is a consideration that cannot be ignored.
A 2014 study by Forum for the Future showed that consumers care about the environmental implications of the brands they choose, to the extent that 70% of respondents would consider switching to a new product if it was the greener option. However, the repercussions don’t end there. Continue reading How Sustainable Packaging Impacts Your Brand
April 12, 2017
As we accelerate into April and bid a fond farewell to Q1, there are still plenty of supply chain news and views that you might have missed last month.
That’s why we provide this quick monthly digest to bring you back up to speed.
Continue reading Order Fulfillment in Review: March 2017
April 5, 2017
As any employer will tell you without hesitation, getting the right team in place is important. Yet actions speak louder than words and, in some business sectors, the actions of employers seem to contradict the company’s stated position.
This is inevitably true of the supply chain sector, one of many industries moving very deliberately towards technological developments that could displace human workers with automated systems.
From the automation of order fulfillment and self-driving delivery vehicles to planning software and artificial intelligence handling service questions, empowering employees seems to be on the backburner when set alongside the latest technology. Continue reading What It Means to “Trust the Team”
March 23, 2017
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” ~Benjamin Franklin
Peak season preparation is always on the mind of fulfillment professionals. For some brands, the holiday season represents as much as one-third of total annual sales and defines whether or not the year is a successful one.
Forecasts predict sales growth of around 4% in the retail sector during 2017, mostly driven by sales at the tail end of the year. As we approach Thanksgiving, site traffic surges, stores are crammed with consumers, and sales rise quickly. Continue reading Peak Season Preparation: What You Need to Know