Operations Management

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    Walmart lays off hundreds of workers at e-commerce facilities

    The retail giant has expanded its infrastructure in recent years to keep up with Amazon, but online sales growth has slowed in recent months.

    By Daphne Howland • March 27, 2023
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    At Home cuts prices as supply chain costs ease

    The retailer raised prices last year when expenses grew by $300 million.

    By Tatiana Walk-Morris • March 27, 2023
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    Warehouse automation

    Robotics, conveyor belts and software become staples of the warehouse as e-commerce grows. 

    By Supply Chain Dive staff
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    Foot Locker builds out inventory visibility as it chases digital-savvy peers

    The retailer is raising capital spending by 50% as it aims to sync stock across its stores by 2024.

    By March 24, 2023
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    Chick-fil-A plans distribution center in Kansas City

    The facility, owned by the restaurant chain’s distribution subsidiary, will be its fifth U.S. location.

    By March 21, 2023
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    Gap Inc. lightens inventory load after a year of painful discounting

    The apparel seller brought its stock levels down 21% as it prepares to bring supply in line with demand. 

    By March 21, 2023
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    Kroger sees e-commerce as future profit engine

    The retailer is looking to its automation partnership with Ocado as a long-term play to transform the company in the next decade.

    By Sam Silverstein • March 21, 2023
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    Maersk tests new warehouse automation solution

    The mobile robot will automate the company's sorting, selecting and shelving process at a California warehouse.

    By March 21, 2023
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    JD.com plans a self-operating warehouse in California

    The e-commerce giant is looking to expand its presence in the U.S. and bring automation with it.

    By March 20, 2023
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    BJ’s to roll out inventory robots chainwide

    The "Tally" robots use the data they record to track stock levels, ensure products are in the correct location and monitor prices.

    By Sam Silverstein • March 17, 2023
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    Why Funko is destroying at least $30M worth of toys

    The company faced high storage costs and inefficiency in its fulfillment operations as surplus stock piled up.

    By March 15, 2023
  • Tyson to close two plants, laying off nearly 1,700 workers

    The company is closing two of its processing facilities to help optimize its chicken supply chain, and offered assistance to employees impacted by the decision.

    By Chris Casey • Updated March 14, 2023
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    Geodis to lay off 107 Pennsylvania workers as client moves operations outside US

    Customers moving operations elsewhere was also the reason behind two mass layoffs at a company facility in 2022.

    By March 14, 2023
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    Microsoft unveils AI tool to mitigate supply chain risk

    The Dynamics 365 Copilot not only flags potential threats, but also automatically drafts an email to suppliers asking whether they will be impacted.

    By March 14, 2023
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    Shopify execs say Deliverr is key in building fulfillment network distinct from Amazon

    An asset-light network of warehouse partners will help the company build its capabilities for merchants in a more cost-effective manner, its CFO said.

    By March 14, 2023
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    How one parts supplier navigates supply chain volatility

    As part constraints grew over the last few years, EU Automation’s focus on refurbished equipment offered it opportunities for growth.

    By March 13, 2023
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    US Foods finds operational efficiencies with flexible workweek pilot

    The food distributor’s emphasis on workforce retention is part of a long-term strategy to reduce costs and grow revenue.

    By March 13, 2023
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    Supply chain optimization is a top priority for Nordstrom this year

    Building on improvements made in 2022 will help the retailer's business amid a slump in sales, a company executive said.

    By March 13, 2023
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    How Overstock is wooing new suppliers and weathering retail’s inventory torrent

    While 2022’s discounting frenzy cost the online retailer market share, the CEO told Supply Chain Dive it’s looking to grow through new categories and brands. 

    By March 10, 2023
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    How supply chain mapping builds resilience

    Businesses will need more insight into all aspects of their operations to guard against future disruption.

    By Tony Pelli • March 9, 2023
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    Disciplined inventory management helped Macy’s weather tough 2022

    The retailer has relied on data and analytics to forecast demand and make decisions around purchasing and pricing.

    By March 7, 2023
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    Oracle to offer shippers a more precise way to track supply chain emissions

    Updates to the company’s SCM platform intend to help users in transportation and logistics optimize planning decisions.

    By March 7, 2023
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    Meati hires CPG veterans for supply chain and operations

    As the plant-based meat company prepares for a national retail launch this year, Elizabeth Fikes and Joseph Johnston have been hired to run more traditional manufacturing functions.

    By Megan Poinski • March 6, 2023
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    Kohl’s shrinks inventory position after ‘out of control’ levels in 2022

    The retailer will ask its suppliers to get more “nimble” as it plans for less product and chases demand signals, according to the head of Kohl’s digital business.

    By March 6, 2023
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    CEVA Logistics to lay off 142 workers at its Nashville campus

    The third-party logistics company said it's adjusting due to changes in a customer's operations, and that a majority of those affected are being offered other positions.

    By March 6, 2023
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    Chip supplier reports $200M revenue hit after ransomware attack halted operations

    MKS Instruments said it struggled to supply technology for semiconductor manufacturing and advanced electronics following the February incident.

    By David Jones • March 3, 2023