Operations


  • Exterior of new large format Target store featuring Drive Up service
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    Target adds larger store format with focus on fulfillment and e-commerce

    The concept is 20,000 square feet larger than the company average, with more space for pickup services, fulfillment and merchandise.

    By Ben Unglesbee • Nov. 22, 2022
  • The Macy's logo is seen above a display of clothing for sale
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    Macy’s establishes mini distribution centers at 35 stores

    The conversions, totaling around 1 million square feet of space, give the retailer a closer delivery presence to customers.

    By Nov. 22, 2022
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    Trendline

    Inventory Management

    See how various companies have adjusted their inventories throughout several economic bullwhips.

    By Supply Chain Dive staff
  • Adam Dentinger, a UPS delivery driver, unloads a shipment of Janssen COVID-19 vaccines and ancillary kits at Louisville Metro Health and Wellness headquarters on March 4, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky
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    UPS initiative trims overtime hours as it recruits for peak season

    Executives have highlighted the benefits of the Total Service Plan as the delivery giant pursues 100,000 holiday workers.

    By Nov. 22, 2022
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    GlobalFoundries appoints former Cisco exec as head of supply chain

    The move comes as the chipmaker, in partnership with Qualcomm, will spend $4.2 billion to expand its New York facility.

    By Nov. 22, 2022
  • Schneider, truck
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    Schneider expects 2023 intermodal boost from move to Union Pacific

    Executives say the partnership with the railroad will boost transcontinental service and give the trucking carrier more access to trains.

    By Nov. 21, 2022
  • J&J Snack Foods' frozen beverage business, which includes ICEE products, was not affected by ERP conversion issues.
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    J&J Snack Foods taps NFI for managed logistics

    After facing higher fuel costs year-over-year, the food distributor expects “$2 million to $4 million of opportunity” by outsourcing its logistics management.

    By Nov. 18, 2022
  • Oatly cartons on steps
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    Oatly supply chain chief departs

    Moving forward, the plant-based milk brand is looking to simplify operations and shift to a lean manufacturing model.

    By Nov. 17, 2022
  • A picture of a Nissan dealer sign with a blue sky behind it
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    Nissan: Chip shortages hurt production more than expected

    The auto manufacturer is pursuing a dual sourcing strategy in response to chip shortages and COVID-19 lockdowns in China.

    By Nov. 17, 2022
  • A sign is posted in front of a Walmart store on November 16, 2021 in American Canyon, California.
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    Walmart’s inventory glut recedes

    Markdowns and canceled orders helped the retail giant trim excess inventory by a third in Q3.

    By Nov. 16, 2022
  • A person tending to leafy greens at an indoor farming site
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    UNFI to add indoor farms at select distribution centers

    The initiative is part of the food distributors' efforts to add efficiencies and foster closer relationships with suppliers. 

    By Peyton Bigora • Nov. 16, 2022
  • Raytheon campus sign with some shrubbery in the foreground.
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    Raytheon supply chain disrupted by labor constraints at small suppliers

    The defense contractor is entering into long-term agreements and working collaboratively with vendors to drive up productivity and efficiency.

    By Nov. 16, 2022
  • Funko Pop! bobble-heads are displayed on shelves
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    Funko takes on higher labor costs due to ERP delays

    The toymaker decided to open a fulfillment center without the intended management software in order to meet elevated demand.

    By Nov. 15, 2022
  • Amazon's intelligent robotic system Sparrow moves an item in an Amazon warehouse.
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    Amazon tests new robotic system to improve warehouse efficiency

    The company says Sparrow will automate the task of moving items prior to packaging, a critical part of the fulfillment process.

    By Nov. 15, 2022
  • store front of Party City
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    Party City taps new COO to optimize supply chain

    The leadership change comes as the party goods retailer targets $30 million in cost cuts.

    By Nov. 14, 2022
  • An individual using Microsoft software for supply chain planning.
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    Microsoft unveils ‘Supply Chain Center’ with Kraft Heinz, Daimler among customers

    The tech company is integrating its supply chain offerings into a single package that helps connect ERPs and other supply chain solutions.

    By , Nov. 14, 2022
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    Sponsored by FedEx Office

    Your print projects need supply chain management, too

    It’s become more important than ever to implement a supply-chain strategy to manage print projects from start to finish.

    Nov. 14, 2022
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    Sponsored by Esper

    Are you sufficiently locking down your in-cab tablets?

    Not all device lock down solutions are equal. Here’s what you need to know to not leave driver safety to chance.

    Nov. 14, 2022
  • Automated storage units in warehouse
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    Vertical storage as a solution for online grocery fulfillment

    Food retailers are drawn to vertical storage systems’ ability to store and retrieve items using minimal floor space.

    By Sam Silverstein • Nov. 11, 2022
  • Two boxes of Stanley Black & Decker tools on a table.
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    Stanley Black & Decker cuts nearly 50,000 SKUs as part of transformation plan

    The move comes as the company retools its sourcing strategy to help generate $1.5 billion in savings over the next three years.

    By Nov. 10, 2022
  • Neon Sign, American Eagle Outfitters Easton Towne Center, Columbus, Ohio
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    Wellmeier, Ed. (2021). [Photograph]. Retrieved from Flickr.

    American Eagle’s Quiet Platforms secures partnership to improve parcel tracking

    The retailer's logistics arm has teamed with Parcel Perform to give shippers better carrier visibility.

    By Nov. 10, 2022
  • An attendee walks past the PlayStation logo in the Sony Interactive Entertainment booth during the Tokyo Game Show 2018 on September 20, 2018 in Chiba, Japan.
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    PS5 fans rejoice: Sony says console production is back up

    After struggling with supply constraints for months, the electronics maker now says it aims to exceed its target of manufacturing 18 million units this year.

    By Nov. 8, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    Holiday hangovers: Retailers seek to clear out inventory piles as the season ramps up

    After declarations about “decisive” actions to clear excess goods earlier this year, levels are still high and markdowns rampant.

    By Ben Unglesbee • Nov. 8, 2022
  • Customers line up at an Apple Store to pickup their orders of the new iPhone 14 on September 16,2022 in Wuhan. Hubei, China.
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    Apple expects China COVID-19 restrictions to delay iPhone shipments

    A major supplier is working at reduced capacity amid a resurgence of the virus.

    By Nov. 7, 2022
  • Team leaders working on laptop In a warehouse with workers in background.
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    Sponsored by Skill Dynamics

    Breaking the skill-loss cycle in supply chain and procurement

    To maintain supply resilience and continuity, SC&P professionals must be proactive in identifying and preparing for potential disruptions.

    Nov. 7, 2022
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    Mondelēz names new chief of supply chain operations

    Leadership changes come as the snack giant reports improvements in production levels following its move to prioritize key SKUs. 

    By Nov. 4, 2022