PerryEllis3Perry Ellis International is making enhancements to its supply chain to shave time off the production cycle.

By Kat Zeman, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing  

In today’s day and age, fashion and apparel brands are at the mercy of the consumer. Retailers are under constant pressure to compete with e-commerce and offer quality products and services at reasonable prices. Consumers demand variety, innovation and speed. 

Giant Eagle pixGiant Eagle uses technology to enhance its supply chain and improve optimization and efficiency.

By Kat Zeman, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing 

Integrating new technology into existing operations can help increase customer satisfaction, reduce operating costs and streamline supply chains. People no longer use technology. They live it.

As a result, consumers are more demanding in today’s tech-savvy world. They want the latest technology and they want it yesterday.  

“With the explosion of technology and AI, it’s really coming at us at a really rapid pace,” says Joseph Hurley, senior vice president of supply chain at Giant Eagle.  “From the supply chain side, it’s evolving very quickly because our customers’ needs are changing.”

Pilot Flying J picPilot Flying J’s logistics operations ensure that its truck driver and other customers get the fuel they need.
By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing 

Pilot Flying J is building on one of its greatest strengths. “Our logistics network is what sets us apart from our competition,” says Brad Jenkins, senior vice president of supply and distribution for the travel center operator. “We’ve always been very good at running the ‘last mile’ utilizing our central dispatch operation, and we want to scale those capabilities.”

Xyngular picXyngular’s supply chain operations play a critical role within the direct sales nutritional supplement provider’s operations and positive internal culture.
By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

When choosing a vendor, Xyngular looks for more than just the ability to supply goods in a timely fashion. “From a supply chain standpoint, what sets us apart is that we find partners that fit our culture,” Senior Director of Supply Chain Weston Carter says. “There are many manufacturers and [third-party logistics providers] 3PLs out there, but we’ve linked up with those companies that fit what we’re doing, believe in our mission and can be true partners for us.”

Floor and Decor picFloor & Decor revamps its supply chain by implementing new technology and processes that better position it for continued growth. 

By Janice Hoppe-Spiers, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing

Executive Vice President, Business Development Strategy Brian Robbins says Floor & Decor has been described as a category killer in the retail world. “As a hard surfaces flooring leader, we are taking what would be a DIY department and putting it on steroids,” he says. “When you talk about comps or same store sales year over year, we are in our ninth year and trying to get to 10 years of double-digit comp growth. That’s quite an accomplishment in retail.”

Skechers picSkechers is making investments to keep pace with its fast-growing global empire. 

By Kat Zeman

Like most people, Paul Galliher has two feet. Unlike most people, he has more than 155 million pairs of shoes – and his collection is growing. 

He doesn’t exactly own them. But, as senior vice president of global distribution at Skechers, Galliher is responsible for making sure each of those 155-million-plus pairs that the company sells annually make their way to the appropriate person and location.

His job becomes more challenging each year as there are more shoes to manage. A multi-billion-dollar global leader in the high-performance and lifestyle footwear industry, Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based Skechers is growing by leaps and bounds – and Galliher must do some fancy footwork to keep up with the growing demand. 

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Bobs TruckBob’s Discount Furniture believes in continuously improving its inbound logistics operations.
By Jim Harris, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Media

Bob’s Discount Furniture continues to improve and grow its operations to meet its changing logistical needs.

“For our retail environment, a major demand of our supply chain is to effectively collaborate with our [third-party logistics providers] 3PLs and our suppliers,” Vice President of Inbound Logistics Greg Brinkman says. “We have factories around the world shipping to us with extremely long lead times and very poor on-time shipping performance. Furniture retail is a make-to-order business where everyday replenishment goods take four months to receive.”

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