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Cargo is king

Retail supply chains in the U.S. will be shaped by a new intermodal facility downriver from New Orleans.

Coming soon: Scooter-ization of the supply chain

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.

At the turn of the century, delivering milk to customer doorsteps was the norm. Then, as grocery stores and modern appliances took off, milk was mostly purchased at retailers.

The pace of digital integration occurring in the supermarket industry is accelerating. No one would dispute that.

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: 1.

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