Which link in your supply chain
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Which supply chain segment do you most closely align to?
How would you rate the agility of your supply chain operations?
Our supply chain operations are informed, on an ongoing/daily basis, by local insights on traffic, weather, neighborhood sentiment, and local store inventories.
Where practical, we try to incorporate local information into our operations on an ongoing basis.
We are generally limited to monitoring major trends and news to identify instances where supply chain operations should be adjusted.
How well can you track product quality for each unit of inventory across your supply chain?
We collect reliable data across all points in the supply chain, from every party, including variables that may affect quality assurance (e.g., temperature).
We use radio frequency identification (RFID) tags or other mechanisms to collect some data on the location and movement of goods across the supply chain.
We generally are limited to supplier advanced shipping notices for inventory whereabouts before receipt.
How data driven is your supply chain ecosystem?
We actively collaborate with supply chain partners to share data and integrate back-end and front-end data silos in order to build a more efficient and effective process across the whole supply chain ecosystem.
We are working towards active collaboration with supply chain partners, but integration and interpretation of data across the ecosystem remain a challenge.
We generally rely on our own internal data sets. We are working to connect the different silos, and applying advanced analytics to derive insights.
What techniques do you employ, with regard to optimizing order fulfillment, to reduce out-of-stocks, overstocks, and returned items?
We are able to use social listening, multichannel demand data, and inventory data to provide flexible fulfillment across distribution centers and stores.
We primarily fulfill via distribution centers and predefined service areas, but have a limited ability to flex these; we also use stores as fulfillment nodes in certain circumstances.
We generally fulfill via DCs within predefined service areas, and attempt to limit out-of-stocks and overstocks via demand forecasting.
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