The thought of Seattle and Portland residents having vegan meals delivered via electric scooters may conjure progressive stereotypes, but the trend is spreading and the supply chain implications are huge.
Produce has been the star of the show for food retailers for a long time. Looking to communicate an image of freshness and quality from the moment shoppers arrive in store, grocers have moved packaged goods away from center stage while positioning produce as the focal point of the store.
The retail industry continues to experience
dramatic change, with technology and
shifting customer demands creating significant challenges
and unprecedented opportunities. This is especially
true in the dynamic world of supply chain where
five macro trends are unfolding. They include:
Achieving success in the retail business has long been a straightforward proposition that involved driving top-line growth through new stores and improving selling space productivity as a means to leverage expenses over a larger base of sales to improve profits.
Retailers eager to satisfy shoppers' growing expectations for home delivery are relying on a range of third-party alternatives.
When it comes to home delivery, the last mile is the hardest, and aside from Amazon, no retailers' supply chain infrastructure was purpose-built to pick, pack and make res