Supply Chain Management Blog
Business moves fast. Very fast. Supply chains need to move even faster. But a siloed supply chain will slow down your company, frustrate your customers, and ultimately waste resources and lose business.
In order to maintain a healthy and successful supply chain, proper inventory control must be the main component of your business operations. As many companies experience ebbs and flow with material suppliers and customer demands, maintaining control of your product inventory in real time will ultimately ensure that the business decisions that your company is forced to make on the fly are both educated and anticipated.
In the supply chain and logistics industry, exception management is often defined as a process that’s set up to capture information that sets outside the normal parameters of doing business – exceptions to the normal flow of your supply chain, from consumer purchase to packing and shipping to delivery on a customer’s doorstep. Any interruption, issue or unexpected change can be flagged under exception management processes so that a manager can intervene, see what the issue is, and immediately correct it.
Fast shipping and speedy delivery have become consumer expectations for shopping online; faster shipping is no longer considered a benefit or a perk. E-commerce consumers expect their purchases to be shipped immediately after purchase and delivered not long afterward. In addition, if a consumer’s experience is unpleasant, or if what was purchased doesn’t arrive as scheduled and in perfect condition, the consumer could soon be shopping elsewhere.
Packaging plays an important role in how consumers view products and brands. As you can imagine, a lot of resources go into making sure the package properly conveys the brand messaging. Time, effort, market research and testing are needed to correctly identify the right materials and color schemes to make today’s packaging an extension of the overall consumer experience.
With the holiday season approaching and major global shopping events like Singles Day in China and Cyber Monday right around the corner, small and mid-size e-commerce vendors are contemplating how to maximize this opportunity for their business. For many, the obvious answer would be to get their products on Amazon. But how does it get there?
The last time you ordered something on Amazon Prime, I’m guessing you came away satisfied. For the most part, they’ve got it down to a science: click a button, and the item you want shows up at your doorstep a few days later. It’s that consistency and reliability that helped Amazon build one of the most recognizable retail brands in the world.
There’s an old song my dad used to listen to. It was performed by Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee, and it’s called “(I’d Like to Get You On A) Slow Boat to China.” If we’re being honest, it’s not my favorite song – a bit dated for my tastes, but it does bring back memories. The idea behind the song is that the boat ride to China would be an ideal spot for two people to fall in love – it’s about as long a trip as you could possibly imagine.
In mid-2015, ModusLink was pleased to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our Solution Center in Brno, Czech Republic. Since opening its doors in 2005, the Brno center has grown 327 percent and served as the logistics hub for top brands needing to reach a global customer base. To accommodate this growth, we knew it was time to upgrade the facility to take full advantage of the latest technology, process and efficiency improvements.
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