By Roberto Michel, Contributing Editor · February 1, 2016
Distribution centers are dealing with more inventory and more SKUs than ever, and the need to fill orders for multiple channels is making inventory management more important and more complex. Here’s a list of tips for the omni-channel era.
By Jeff Berman · December 9, 2015
The theme for the 2015 holiday season in terms of holiday season import cargo volumes could well be “holding steady,” according to the most recent edition of the Global Port Tracker report from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and maritime consultancy Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · October 29, 2015
It is not entirely surprising that high inventory rates are cited first as one of the reasons for a paltry third quarter GDP number. That has been the case for a while and it is evident in the inventory-to-sales ratio, which stands at 1.37 through the end of August, compared to 1.30 in August 2014.
By Jeff Berman · September 1, 2015
Hackett observed in the new report that China’s economy has lost steam, with actual growth falling short of targeted rates, while the United States most recent second quarter GDP reading at 3.7 percent outpaced expected targets, even though it was negatively impacted by gains in manufacturing and retail inventories.
By Sarah · January 1, 2014
In many cases, inventory related costs can rival transportation spend as the largest logistics cost—and often holds the most opportunity for significant improvement once it’s closely examined. Our warehouse/DC insiders give us a refresher on the all too often overlooked practices.
By Jeff Berman · July 19, 2013
Despite similar outlook to last year, slightly more than half of shippers expect a more active Peak Season.
By Patrick Burnson · November 23, 2012
Consumer sentiment has taken a hit after the presidential election due to increased awareness by many Americans of the fiscal cliff and stock market volatility.
By Jeff Berman · June 21, 2012
Various factors could tip the scales in assessing how 2012 Peak Season plays out.
By Jeff Berman · May 29, 2012
The ongoing upswing in e-commerce and mobile commerce activity continues to make a significant impact on how retailers, distributors, and third-party logistics approach distribution network processes, according to a new report from global real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).
By Jeff Berman · December 20, 2011
Slight signs of economic stability appeared to take hold on the global trade front from October to November, according to data from Panjiva.
By Jeff Berman · December 15, 2011
Following an early October prediction of 2011 holiday sales rising 2.8 percent to $465.6 billion, the NRF is now calling for 2011 to be up 3.8 percent to $469.1 billion. Holiday sales—as defined by the NRF—are sales in the months of November and December.
By Jeff Berman · December 14, 2011
Shifts in inventory management by retailers appear to have made an impact on import cargo volumes at major United States-based container ports, according to the monthly Port Tracker report by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.
By Jeff Berman · December 13, 2011
With the economy showing some slight signs of growth, the Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index (PCI) was up for the second straight month in November, with a 0.1 percent gain on the heels of October’s 1.1 percent rise.
By Jeff Berman · November 11, 2011
Manufacturing is indeed making a significant contribution to overall GDP growth and perhaps leading the way.
By Jeff Berman · November 11, 2011
While the economy is still not in a full-fledged recovery, the situation may not be as dire as it was a month ago, according to the most recent edition of the Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index.

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