Top 5 Supply Chain Reads to Start Your Week - April 16th, 2018

Posted by Eunice Marigliano on Apr 16, 2018 1:31:14 PM

Each week we look for the best blog posts, articles, and commentary on supply chain orchestration, logistics innovation, and industry news to share.

This week we're reading reading analysis on Amazon's retail business profitability, HP's commitment to 3D printing and the overhauling of their supply chain, plus lots of study results, including the annual UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper, a report from Periscope® By McKinsey on global CPG online shopping habits, and Zebra Technologies' Future of Fulfillment Vision study,

Here are our 5 favorites this week...

UPS Study: Purchases From Marketplaces Nearly Universal; Retail Now Global As E-Commerce Shoppers Cross Borders - by UPS (@UPS) and comScore (@comScore) - Interesting insights and data points from the recently-released annual UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper study including the increasing volume and frequency of international online shopping - a significant number of online shoppers in Canada (83%), Brazil (81%) and Mexico (78%) make purchases from international retailers. In the U.S., nearly half (47%) of shoppers made international purchases. Shoppers in the U.S. (44%) are the most likely to return an online purchase, while shoppers in Mexico are the least likely (22%).

Survey: More Consumers Buying CPG Products Direct Online - by Marianne Wilson (@MWilson_CSA), Chain Store Age (@ChainStoreAge) - Coverage of a recent Periscope® (@Periscope_Solns) By McKinsey (@McKinsey) survey report, in which at least 70% of the respondents were found to be undertaking some form of online CPG shopping activity, with French (40%) and U.K. (39%) consumers exhibiting the greatest balance of multichannel shopping preferences followed by German (33%) and U.S. (32%) shoppers. The top two factors influencing online CPG purchasing decisions by U.S. shoppers were price and free delivery (57%).

HP Pledges Supply Chain Transformation as Part of its 3D Journey - by James Henderson, Supply Chain Digital (@SupplyChainD) - With an eye toward building out their full-scale 3D production, Multi Jet Fusion, HP has committed to making large-scale supply chain improvements such as reduced lead times and reduced carbon footprint.

Zebra Study: 40 Percent of Parcels Delivered Within 2 Hours By 2028 - Zebra Technologies (@ZebraTechnology) share the results of their Future of Fulfillment Vision study and show the quickening pace shippers and logistics service providers expect they will be delivering products same-day or within hours to their customers," 78% of logistics companies expect to provide same-day delivery by 2023. Meanwhile, 40% anticipate two-hour delivery windows by 2028. Accepting and managing returns also remains a challenge for 87% of respondents, especially as the increase in free and fast product delivery corresponds with an increase in returned merchandise."

Is's Retail Business Actually Profitable? (It's Complicated) - by Adam Levine-Weinberg (@adamLLW), The Motley Fool (@themotleyfool) - Interesting analysis from public earnings statements that tries to draw conclusions on Amazon's retail business profitability. With so much open to interpretation in how they group their business segments and how they handle stock compensation and leases, it could either be solidly profitable, or not so much. "Based on the North America segment's reported profit or the most generous measure of free cash flow, Amazon's retail operations are solidly profitable, despite the cost of its growth investments. On the other hand, including the cost of capital leases and stock-based compensation creates a much-gloomier picture."

And that's our top five for April 16th. Did we miss any? Please let us know! Tweet us at @MPObjects.


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