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To provide merchandise intelligence across its organization and speed items to shelves and its online storefront, Marbles: The Brain Store has started including product data in its product information management platform.
Claiming the current free service is "unsustainable" for retailers and logistical suppliers, John Lewis, the U.K. department store chain, is introducing a £2 charge for click-and-collect orders under £30 starting July 28.
Newgistics, an end-to-end commerce solutions provider for retailers and brands, hired Gene Wojciechowski as CIO, with responsibility for providing executive leadership and strategy for all of the company's core technology operations.
While more retailers are depending on third-party contractors to help them meet the needs of an omnichannel sales and service environment, many customers are dissatisfied with these workers, who might well be the merchants' most visible brand ambassadors. The solution to managing these contractors lies in technology.
C-A-L Ranch, a ranch and home chain with 26 stores in western states, has increased the speed, accuracy and efficiency of its warehouse and distribution operation with the implementation of a new warehouse management system.
Walmart announced a partnership with ThomasNet to help its vendors find U.S. suppliers to manufacture their products. The deal with the database operator is part of the retailer's plan to sell $250 billion worth of U.S.-made products by 2023.
Walmart held its second ever "Open Call" event with suppliers of U.S.-made products. Taking place at the company's headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, at Betonville HIgh School, the two-day event included meetings with suppliers, and workshops on topics such as U.S. manufacturing trends.
Walmart will begin charging vendors fees for stocking their items in new stores and for warehousing. The mandate is the latest move from the big-box retailer in an effort to balance out higher costs from employee wage hikes.
Change or become obsolete. Those are the only two choices facing retailers as the result of rapid and extensive technological advances affecting everything from the supply chain to shopper purchasing behavior.
Amazon could soon launch a crowdsourced delivery solution that like Uber, uses a mobile app to access a network of regular people to use personal vehicles. Instead of acting as taxies, drivers would drop off packages.