business 1012761 640Supply chain automation is often thought of as machines and robots replacing humans to lower costs, improve quality, and reduce risks in the production and movement of materials and finished products. As companies integrated their supply chains with suppliers and customers and eliminated siloed functions within their own organizations over the past thirty years, however, ensuring that data is easily accessible by the right people at the right time has become critically important.

shoes 842339 640Good news for retailers - according to the National Retail Federation (NRF), last year’s global holiday sales were expected to increase 3.7% over the previous year and top $630.5 billion. While price remains shoppers’ primary driver, options that save time and provide added value like free shipping also win. That’s likely why leading shippers were also expecting record numbers over the holiday season.

At long last, Supply Chain World magazine has added a blog feature to our website. In this section, we will bring forward our own ideas and observations on supply chain issues, but we will also bring insights to you from external contributors. These industry experts will share their stories and strategies here on our blog, and some of the blog posts will also find their way into our print and digital editions.

This addition to our online presence will help Supply Chain World to live up to our billing as the authority on best practices in supply chain management. Just as our traditional profiles and features bring interviews and contributions to you from experts who know the process first-hand and are finding ways to improve efficiencies, our blog will give us another tool to help inform and educate. It all starts now...stay tuned!!

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