Purchasing PowerStrong vendor relationships and first-class customer service propel Purchasing Power as a top specialty goods retailer.

By Barbara McHatton

When it comes to wish fulfillment, Purchasing Power truly delivers.

The Atlanta-based company is a specialty e-retailer that provides consumer products, online education services and even vacation packages for employees of participating employers. Companies, government agencies and associations can offer Purchasing Power’s services as an employment benefit. 

FanaticsFanatics Inc. uses its supply chain to move quickly when sports fans want their merchandise.

By Mark Lawton, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing

When it comes to selling sports apparel, it’s all about speed. “Fulfilling an order quickly differentiates us from the competition,” says Helen Artime, vice president of strategic sourcing at Fanatics Inc. “That makes our customers happy.”

GapGap Inc. showed its ability to evolve and rise from disaster at its facility in Fishkill, N.Y.

By Alan Dorich, Senior Editor at Knighthouse Publishing

After nearly 50 years, Gap Inc. thrives by constantly recognizing the need for change in its industry. This value goes back to co-founder Don Fisher, who instilled it in the company early on, Executive Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Product Operations Shawn Curran says.

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.”

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.”


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