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Top 5 Department Stores Tackle Tough Imperatives

08/02/2016 - It hasn’t been an easy year for department stores — even for those in the top five. Along with everyone else in the business, they are doing their best to engage the consumer with great product and memorable experiences, nurture talent, achieve an omnichannel enterprise and cut costs —all while struggling with a challenging economy, unseasonal weather, FX headwinds and consumers whose loyalty is tough to pin down. 

Supply Chain:

INFOGRAM: Right-sizing Inventory to Improve Omnichannel with RFID

08/02/2016 - 41% of U.S. shoppers go to a competitor’s website or app for the same or similar product when an item is out of stock. These numbers are similar globally.

Making Runway to Retail Work

08/02/2016 -

Taking a look at the supply chain enablers behind the industry’s latest revolution.
PLUS: Vendor Viewpoint – Interview with Steven Quon, Vice President Sales & Marketing, Jesta I.S.

Research and Reports:

SOURCING 2020: Winning Through a Continuously Evolving Sourcing Strategy

08/02/2016 - While many elements in successful global sourcing remain constant, two parameters are drastically different from even a decade ago — the speed of change in global economics and evolving consumer preferences. As both retailers and brands experiment with getting “closer to the consumer” through shorter seasons, in-season refinements and regionalized inventories, optimal sourcing models will need to change and evolve constantly.

The Transparent Supply Chain

08/02/2016 - When fashion brands blend supply chain management with corporate social responsibility, they go to market more responsibly and responsively.

Time for a Fresh Take on Assortment Planning & Allocation

08/02/2016 - New retail technologies can help planning and allocation teams stay in synch, giving fashion brands the tools to help transform their performance and deliver truly compelling collections.


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