Supply Chain readiness

Major business peaks — holidays, launches and other seasonal events — can test the limits of your supply chain readiness.

Surging toward a data-driven supply chain: Why reinvention could happen sooner than you think

Amid disruption, trusted real-time data can boost global supply chain resiliency Supply chain leaders are looking for new strategies to cope with geopolitical unrest, labor challenges, inflation, climate change, supply challenges and cyber-attacks. Any sign of recovery in industries in industries such as manufacturing, semiconductors and automotive, are at risk from ongoing supply chain disruption. […]

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What really happened with Cyber Week 2021? Analyzing the trends of the year’s biggest shopping week

Supply chain chaos did not deter holiday shoppers during Cyber Week, but it did shift shopping patterns and a few long-lived holiday shopping traditions. Black Thursday disappeared… In recent years as Black Friday grew, deep discounts and increased customer demand pushed stores to open earlier and earlier, until eventually they technically opened on Thanksgiving eve, […]

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Crowding into stores and malls for Black Friday is now a ghost of Christmas past

Vaccinations have been rolled out, lockdowns have been lifted, and workers are returning to offices, but 2021 is starting to feel like 2020 all over again, bah humbug! There is reason to be concerned when consumers are seeing fewer options in the grocery aisles, local shops are closing earlier due to labor shortages, and a […]

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Tech is suffering from the supply chain crisis, and it is impacting everything

While Americans worry about not getting their holiday gifts in time due to the container shipping backlog, they are also quickly finding out that now is not the time to get a new car, personal computer, or kitchen appliance unless they want to pay a hefty price. Try finding a new car, or even a […]

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Trick or treat? What we never knew about the Halloween candy supply chain

The National Confectioners Association survey from last month shows 82% of Americans are NOT afraid to celebrate Halloween this year which is sweet news for retailers. Their annual survey reveals consumers will spend USD 324 million on Halloween candy (up a monstrous 48% from last year). So what’s the trick? Will the shelves be bare […]

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Don’t let the shipping container crisis ruin your holidays this year

By now we’ve all heard the rumblings (and the roars!) about how myriad challenges — backlogged ports, factory shutdowns, and shipping delays — are going to impact holiday shopping this year. According to Business Insider, the cargo ships waiting off the coast of California are creating record backlog. We don’t want to minimize the serious […]

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