Emerging technologies and customer buying patterns are changing the way Avnet works with channel partners and blurring the line between resellers and distributors, said Avnet executive Darren Adams. "Today we might be partnering, tomorrow we might be competing or complementing, and that calls for the channel to work together in a high-integrity model," Adams said.
E-commerce has changed the expectations of last-mile delivery and requires a specific strategy to find the right carrier to meet customer demand, Bryan Wyatt writes. The last mile retains many of the challenges of the past, he argues, but now with an onus on the retailer.
Developing a strong employer branding strategy can help boost recruiting efforts, Bridget McCrea writes. Electrical distributors begin clearly defining their company's culture, vision and mission while determining what types of employees fit those qualities.
A report from McKinsey & Company found fast deliveries will increase by 40% year-over-year through 2025, with about one-fifth of customers choosing same-day and instant delivery options, and the parcel market will double in that time frame. The report also says about half of customers will pay more to have parcels delivered faster.
US Foods, the second-largest food distributor in the country, has announced it will cut hundreds of corporate-level and back-office jobs during the next year to 18 months. The company went public in May after a failed merger bid with Sysco.
The Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia could be widened from four to six lanes, after the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization approved the measure. The project, which likely would include high-occupancy variable toll lanes, could cost $4 billion, but the Commonwealth Transportation Board must still approve it.
Jakks Pacific, the fifth-largest US toy supplier whose popular toys include Star Wars action figures, has stopped sales to Kmart stores, sources said. Jakks suspended shipments to a "major U.S. customer that is experiencing challenges," CEO Stephen Berman said Thursday, without naming the retailer.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's supply chain plans include a Manufacturing Renaissance Tax Credit and a $10 billion investment to link various parts of the US supply chain, building on regional strengths. Donald Trump's plans include reducing business taxes, scaling back federal regulations and allowing US-based manufacturers to fully expense new equipment and plant costs.
As cloud computing continues to become more popular, the security of third-party platforms is worrying some members of the supply chain, Chris King writes. To protect against potentially catastrophic data breaches, King recommends looking to alternatives such as in-house developers and conducting proper background checks to ensure that cloud service providers have an unflinching commitment to protecting data.
Staples says it is focused on growing its mobile brand and encouraging customer loyalty through competitive pricing and positivity. The company is also using interactive advertising and direct-response messaging, among other tactics.
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