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Supply Chain Preparation for the 2021 Holiday Season

The strain that COVID-19 has caused the global supply chain has had profound effects on nearly every industry and has continued into the 2021 holiday season. It creates an immense challenge for retailers who are planning for the 2021-22 holiday retail season, perhaps even more challenging than 2020.


School Supply Industry Face Supply Chain Disruption Amid Start of the School Year

Add school supplies to the list of industries experiencing supply chain disruptions this year. But unlike other disruptions – stores won’t completely run out of items. Instead – experts predict that consumers may not be able to get exactly what they want when it comes to sneakers, backpacks, and other goods. "What we will likely see is more limited choice and lower stock levels towards the end of the back to school period," said Neil Saunders, retail analyst and managing director at GlobalRetail Data in an interview with USA Today.


How Small Businesses Can Capitalize on Prime Day Opportunities

Typically slated for mid-July, Amazon Prime Day, an event promising two days of epic deals, will take place June 21-22 this year. Last year, third-party sellers scored a collective $3.5 billion in sales on Prime Day alone, making this event a key opportunity for small to medium sized brands in a variety of product categories.


There’s simply no substitute for a physical storefront

It’s no surprise that 2020 was an absolutely massive year for ecommerce, with consumers spending more than $860 billion online with U.S. merchants, up 44% over 2019’s figures. It was the largest year-over-year growth for ecommerce in at least twenty years, and nearly triple the 15.1% growth rate from 2018 to 2019.


Grocery Stores Taking Stock of Pandemic Issues

As the coronavirus pandemic continues pounding all industries, traditional shoppers and retailers worldwide are grappling with uncertainties about COVID-19. Major inventory disruptions and the surge in online shopping due to the coronavirus pandemic are changing the grocery supply chain as it is doing to other industries. With these challenges, grocery stores are seeking new alternatives to salvage the situation and offer better services that will withstand the challenge of the pandemic.


Data shows contactless payments are a must for retailers

Looking at the available data, it is obvious that the coronavirus pandemic is as bad as it's ever been on a countrywide level. In just the past week, the number of daily cases, deaths, and hospitalizations have risen significantly, as did test positivity rates among reported tests. Ominously, on Friday, November 13th, the daily number of new cases hit an astounding 177,000—the highest we have seen since the outbreak began by a wide margin. 


3 Mistakes for Brick-and-Mortar Retailers to Avoid

As the coronavirus pandemic rages on—and with public health experts concerned about a major surge in cases as we enter the final months of the year—many brick-and-mortar businesses are searching for some semblance of normalcy in what has been an extremely difficult year for retailers.


Get Your Supply Chain Ready for the Holidays

The 2020 holiday looks different for retailers. The year has had many challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has affected many things. One of the areas that have been affected substantially is the supply chain. However, despite the challenges,  sales are projected to increase this year, considering many people have opted to purchase products from e-commerce platforms instead of using brick-and-mortar stores. As the number of e-commerce orders rises, there will be an increase in the type of services, including last-mile package deliveries and transportation and inbound shipment of items, among others. This calls for careful planning and change of strategy in supply chain management.


Plan for an Unusual 2020 Holiday Season

Almost everybody has found their plans mired in the coronavirus. From the retailers whose sectors they depend on have been closed down to holidaymakers whose travel plans have been limited, everyone has been left thinking of what will happen next. Most people have been forced to change their plans while others have halted them completely. As the holiday season gets closer, many retailers will soon start planning their 2020 season, if they have not begun already. While people in this industry have had it easy to forecast and diligently plan for such seasons and execute the holiday campaigns accordingly in the past, this year is a difficult one considering the challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Amazon Looks to Use Empty Mall Space for Fulfillment

As other organizations face a rough time due to coronavirus pandemic, Amazon seems to be having a good time. The company just reported the best ever quarter, meaning the company is making profits and is gaining more power with time. Despite the losses that have reduced traffic in malls for quite some time, customers seem to be shifting their attention to online shopping. And then the coronavirus hit. As it appears, Amazon might soon take over spaces of bankrupt retailers who are struggling with the coronavirus pandemic and other issues.


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