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Optimizing Retail Supply Chains In A Digital Age.

Posted by Harriet Schneider on Mar 27, 2024 8:45:00 AM

The landscape of retail is continually evolving, driven by the proliferation of e-commerce and digital channels that have transformed consumer behavior. Retailers no longer solely interact with consumers at physical locations; instead, they must navigate multiple touchpoints where consumers research, evaluate, and purchase products across various platforms.

To succeed in this dynamic environment, brands need robust supply chain management solutions that can fulfill product demand through any channel while minimizing the complexities and costs associated with returns processing. Inventory optimization is also crucial to ensuring efficient movement of products and reducing markdowns.

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 Retail Supply Chains

Key Takeaways:

  1. Constant Innovation in Response to Changing Demand: Consumer buying habits have shifted significantly, with digital natives and older demographics alike embracing new ways to interact with and purchase products. Brands must adapt by providing modern, digitally enabled experiences to meet consumer expectations.

  2. Challenges with Legacy Systems: Legacy warehouse management systems (WMS) may struggle to keep pace with modern requirements, hindering a brand's ability to deliver on promises made to consumers. Challenges include decreased order fill rates, inefficient distribution, and an inability to adapt to emerging retail trends.

  3. Utilizing Machine Learning for Inventory Optimization: Inventory allocation remains a challenge in the digitally enabled shopping world. Brands must prioritize which channels to fulfill orders from and optimize inventory locations accordingly. Machine learning-powered solutions offer precise demand forecasting and merchandise planning capabilities, enabling quick response to supply chain disruptions.

  4. Harnessing Data for Actionable Insights: The digital nature of shopping channels provides a wealth of customer data that can be leveraged to enhance the customer experience and optimize supply chain operations. End-to-end supply chain visibility, facilitated by a commerce network, enables brands to align supply with demand effectively.

  5. Overcoming Seasonal Challenges: Fashion and retail brands must address seasonal fluctuations in demand by ensuring forecast accuracy, utilizing proper management software, and leveraging supplier networks to align inventory levels with customer needs.

In conclusion, to thrive in today's retail landscape, brands must adopt leading-edge tools and transform their supply chain operations to match inventory supply with demand efficiently. End-to-end visibility across the entire supply chain is crucial for building a strong network capable of meeting the demands of modern consumers across multiple channels.

And, as always, contact ICCG to help provide you with insight and information.

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Topics: Cloudsuite Fashion & Apparel, Infor CloudSuite PLM for Fashion, Infor CloudSuite Fashion, ICCG, Infor Partner, International Computer Consulting Group

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