Category: In The News

The Green Scene: SDCE 2017 Green Supply Chain Awards

Many of the recipients of Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s Green Supply Chain Award have been on the scene for some time, though a few new faces stand out on the annual list. No matter their track record, however, each of the companies recognized this year is making a positive impact not only on our environment, but their own bottom line. Those who …

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Don’t Buy the 5 Most Frequently Returned Gifts

When it comes to the holidays, there’s nothing more stressful than gift shopping (with the possible exception of meeting Christmas delivery deadlines). There’s always the risk that whatever you picked out will end up being returned or exchanged. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone special or just shopping for your office Secret …

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Handling the Black Friday Backlash

America’s ‘Black Friday’ concept has now well and truly infiltrated the UK marketplace. After years of creeping across the Atlantic, Black Friday and its little brother Cyber Monday are now major events for shoppers with retailers with more emphasis now put on the day than ever before, creating an international gift-buying frenzy. Just last year …

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Black Friday survival guide: Store and mall hours, top deals, money-saving tips and more

Retailers began touting Black Friday bargains before the leaves began to fall, and while the pinnacle shoppers holiday has evolved into an enduring string of sales, the time-honored tradition of dashing for doorbusters on the final Friday of November is as customary as turkey on Thanksgiving Day. Speaking of turkey, most major retailers will once …

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Underwear of Uncertain Origin

The bidding opens at 25 cents. High above our heads, two television screens light up with images of the next batch of goods up for sale: women’s underwear. There are frilly slips and glossy satin negligees, brightly colored panties of different sizes and, um, styles. “Lot number 26. Lote número veintiséis,” says the auctioneer, a thickly built …

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John Lewis Launches B2B Marketplace: John Lewis Trade Auctions

We’re often asked the question “Where can I buy stock from”, so today we may be able to answer that question as John Lewis has partnered with B-Stock to launch John Lewis Trade Auctions. This business-to-business marketplace offers EU-based resellers stocklots of customer-returned and new-condition/overstock merchandise including: toys, appliances, computer accessories, lighting, clocks, textiles, home furnishings, …

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Dealing with Holiday Returns

The holiday season is right around the corner and will mark a huge boost in revenue for most retailers: holiday sales can account for as much as 30% of total annual revenue. But on the heels of the biggest shopping season of the year, comes a barrage of returned merchandise that will end up significantly …

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Many Happy Returns

Holiday returns are a lot like the Grinch – out to steal your Christmas cheer. As I alerted TWICE readers in a similar column two years ago, CE returns are particularly inevitable after December 25, when typically 20 percent of tech purchases come back. But with return rates likely to rise even higher due to the increase in …

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The Next Place For Tech To Tackle: Reverse Logistics

Technology will continue to affect historically offline industries. From fashion to food to how we book a hotel or hail a cab, disruption is inevitable and life-changing — both for the consumer and for the techie who created the technology. Obviously, some industries are easier to bring online: sexy, fun consumer-facing products are typically a …

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Crain’s: If I Knew Then

The Mistake: It came within our startup company’s first year of operation, [when we were] trying to establish ourselves. We would do pretty much anything to land new business, particularly because our clients are typically the top retailers and manufacturers in the country. We work with retailers and manufacturers to bring them a solution designed to …

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