Retail Roundup—The future is in the warehouse; understanding Generation Z

JD.com warehouse
Not all jobs are leaving retail; they're moving to the warehouse. (JD.com)

The future is in the warehouse

As online retailers continue to pick off brick-and-mortar competitors, warehouse jobs are growing. Accompanying people at distribution centers are fleets of robots to assist them and sensors to track employee performance. (NPR)

Understanding Generation Z

Consumers born between 1995 and 2010 have presented an interesting challenge for fashion and beauty brands. Just as they are drawn to apps like Snapchat, which shares images in the moment that vanish from the feed, the demographic is more likely to rent than to buy. They are also less brand-conscious and drawn to street-style apparel. (Glossy)

Logistics service providers look to reinvent themselves

Third-party logistics providers, or 3PLs, see cost competitiveness and customer-service expectations as major drivers of change in today’s market. Much of this focus is influenced by Amazon and innovation in last-mile delivery services. (SupplyChainBrain)

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