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The Sweet Side of Logistics: Roses for Valentine’s Day

Roses

Editor’s note: We posted this infographic two years ago, but we’re sharing it again today in the spirit of the holiday. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is here, and retailers have enjoyed a weekend of holiday-related sales. Over the last two weeks, roses have been making their way from fields to stores across the country, all so that consumers can treat their Valentines to fresh bouquets of beautiful blooms. But just what did that journey entail? » Read More

The Secrets to a Solid Reverse Logistics Strategy

The Secrets to a Solid Reverse Logistics Strategy

reverse logistics

What happens to “unwanted” items after you bring them back to the store? The movement of goods that have been returned or recalled is also an important component of supply chains. Just as a logistics strategy is central to the streamlined passage of goods from suppliers to customers, a reverse logistics strategy is essential for smooth movement in the opposite direction.

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Black Friday: An Impossible Feat without Logistics

BlackFridayPostImageWho could forget the frenzy over Cabbage Patch Kids® dolls in 1983, the quest for a Nintendo® Game Boy™ in 1991, the Tyco® Tickle Me Elmo mania of 1996, or the invasion of the Furby in 1998? With Black Friday approaching, what will be the must-have toy of the year? Building blocks and gaming consoles are always safe bets, but the smart money this year is on any collectable from a certain movie taking place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

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The Power of Flowers: Valentine’s Day Logistics & Statistics

Floral Transportation

If you plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day this weekend, chances are that a bouquet of flowers will play some role in your day. With millions of flowers bought by consumers every Valentine’s Day, there is little doubt that colorful, fragrant blooms are a hallmark of the holiday. » Read More

Market Update: Transportation Industry News

Market Update: Transportation Industry News

Market-Updates Domestic

In the transportation industry, there are many moving parts that can impact your day-to-day operations. From monitoring carrier capacity and driver shortages to tracking diesel pricing and government regulations, staying current on the events in transportation means you will be better equipped to make knowledgeable business decisions and drive growth and efficiency into your supply chain. This month’s Market Update highlights key factors that impact the transportation industry in North America and will keep you up to speed on the latest news and topics that matter to your supply chain and business. » Read More

Retail Consolidation: Your Answer to Reducing Complexity in Retail Deliveries

Retail Consolidation

Your business needs to keep products in front of customers in order to succeed. A consistent, reliable less than truckload (LTL) process can make all the difference in your speed to market—a critical component to minimizing out of stock product, getting your goods in customers’ hands, and minimizing or eliminating retailer chargebacks. Unfortunately, LTL shipments can be complicated, and a strategy that requires the transportation of LTL loads to retailers with multiple distribution centers (DCs) is even more so. Luckily, a retail consolidation program may offer the strategy you need to simplify your standard LTL process and stay in compliance. » Read More

Highlights of the 2014 Retail Supply Chain Conference

Highlights of the 2014 Retail Supply Chain Conference

Retail Supply Chain Conference

This year’s Retail Supply Chain Conference saw a flurry of activity, with 721 tweets from 203 contributors over the eight days leading up to and following the conference. In all, 226,467 accounts were reached by Twitter activity. Here’s a brief capsule of the biggest events that occurred and caused so much buzz. » Read More

How Fresh Roses Arrive In Time for Valentine’s Day

The Journey of a Valentine’s Day Rose

RosesU.S. consumers buy the most flowers on Valentine’s and Mother’s Days. Getting fresh roses to your Valentine takes speed, the right temperature, and skill.

Like all perishable products, florals require specific temperatures to maintain freshness. Without the proper temperatures, flowers bloom and fade before they can be enjoyed by the recipient. » Read More

Guest Post: The Convergence of Modern Trade

Convergence of Modern Trade

In a prior job, I worked for a company that had global reach, yet struggled sometimes to properly span the varied forms of ‘retail’ that characterize emerging versus mature economies. The answer, in part, was to recognize that there are two fundamentally different kinds of trade: modern and traditional. Modern trade is what those of us in mature economies take for granted – large, sophisticated retailers with modern stores, processes and technology. In a modern trade environment, wholesale distribution fills a niche of smaller independent retail, as well as filling shorter turn around supply needs (mainly supplying small retail), external partners must have broad coverage, and infrastructure (roads, warehouses, etc.) are generally not limitations. » Read More

Holiday Inventory & Demand Planning for Fresh Produce

Holiday fresh produce

Holidays are a time when people enjoy coming together with family and friends to share a festive meal that is often filled with a variety of fresh produce. As a busy mom of two young children, it is important that I can purchase every produce item on my holiday shopping list with the peace of mind that it has the freshness and quality to last in my fridge at least three to four days. » Read More