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2019 Holiday Season in Review

The 2019 holiday season broke records and closed the decade with a stronger consumer economy than predicted. Neither early winter storms, a late Thanksgiving holiday, concerns about tariffs, nor challenges at various ports across the United States could prevent a 4.1% year over year increase in holiday retail sales. While six days shorter than 2018 (and the shortest in the past seven years), the holiday season was wildly successful and builds positive momentum as we roll into 2020. The growth in retail sales was more than double the increase from 2017 to 2018. Cyber Monday broke all records…

Supply Chain Data & Analytics Can No Longer Be Ignored

Data and analytics are becoming a new gold currency in businesses around the globe. This is no different within the supply chain. Supply chain analytics represent the ability to make data-driven decisions based on a summary of relevant, trusted data, often using visualization in the form of graphs, charts, and other means. Supply chain analytics provide statistical methods to new and existing data sources while creating insights that can improve decision making. Improvements can be seen in front line operations and in strategic choices.

Warehousing is a segment of the business that is littered with data and analytical opportunities…

Interview with Jason Walker, VP of Operations at Performance Team

Jason Walker has been a member of the Performance Team family for more than nine years. He received his Bachelor of Science from Southern Illinois University and his Masters in Global Supply Chain Management from the University of Southern California. Jason is currently PT’s Vice President of Operations. We asked Jason how he got his start in the industry and the future direction of the logistics industry.

1) How did you get your start in the supply chain & logistics industry?
My first job in supply chain was with UPS. UPS funded my undergraduate education in…

2019 Peak Season Shrinks Along with Warehouse Space and Transportation Options

Last year at this time, peak season forecasts were pretty rosy in the world of transportation and logistics, but now with the escalating trade-war between the US and China, warning signs of a sluggish global economy as well as a manufacturing slowdown are all around us.

US imports are up 1.6% over the last six months, compared to 6.5% last year. More than a third of respondents to a Logistics Management survey this year expect peak season to be less active — vs. 10% last year. If imports continue at the pace of the first half of 2019, this…

The Importance of the Last Mile

The last mile is quickly becoming the most important mile in shipping. In 2019, global e-commerce sales are expected to increase by 21.5%, according to recent reports. As recently as three years ago, consumer expectations fluctuated between three to five days for delivery of any item purchased online. Expectations have now shifted to a minimum threshold of one day delivery (preferably for free), and in many instances, two hours from the time the sale is completed. What role does speed of delivery play into your online purchases?

When examining the overall cost for shippers, the expense of…

Who’s Moving into Your Mall?

Have you noticed a change in your local mall recently? The traditional mall model that was developed nearly 70 years ago is heavily dependent on categories that are no longer fast-growing or meeting today’s consumer demands.

Department stores occupy 49% of the gross leasable area in U.S. shopping malls, with apparel & accessories stores occupying another 29%, according to a report by CBRE. These are two of the slowest growing categories in retail and the shift is resulting in a massive transformation of the tenants in malls.

Who is moving in?

Tech companies – Google recently

Blockchain & the Automotive Supply Chain – A Future Partnership?

Blockchain is expected to become a “disruptive force” in the automobile industry by the year 2021, according to 62% of industry executives polled in an IBM Institute of Business Value survey.

In addition to enabling a single source of data, blockchain can facilitate device-to-device transactions, smart contracts, and real-time processing and settlement. For automotive, this translates into improvements and operational efficiencies in areas such as supply chain transparency, financial transactions between ecosystem participants, authenticating access to cars, and customer experience and loyalty.

Let’s look at three ways blockchain is set up to transform the automobile supply chain:


Have You Purchased Online and Picked-Up In-Store?

A growing trend, Buy Online, Pick-Up In Store (BOPUS) has emerged as an option for retailers to leverage their brick and mortar locations to compete with online only stores and better meet the evolving needs of customers. An online presence in addition to a brick-and-mortar store can be a strategic asset in the fulfillment process, putting inventory closer to the customer and allowing them to pick-up at their convenience. Large retailers use buy online, pick-up in-store as a competitive edge to drive profits.

This trend was witnessed this past holiday season as Adobe found that click-and-collect orders grew a…

Performance Team Launches Integration with Shopify

Have you heard about Shopify and the numerous capabilities of this shopping cart platform? Performance Team is excited to share that we’re integrated with Shopify. Here’s a little more detail about this platform and some facts about how it can support your business objectives:

Shopify is a SaaS (software as a service) platform that offers multi-functional tools to help users build and manage their online store. While there are many options available, Shopify made a name for itself for its simple design and easy to use format, especially for those who don’t have much experience in online-retailing….

2018 Holiday Season Trends & Predictions

2018 Holiday Season Trends & Predictions   The 2018 holiday shopping season is nearing a close. This year retailers have observed a continued shift in shopping trends as online ecommerce is gaining more momentum. An emerging trend includes customers shopping online and preferring a local pickup option instead of getting it delivered to their doorstep. In addition, the shopping time period commonly known as Black Friday – Cyber Monday has now been extended to include a whole week as retailers look to take advantage of the buildup with “early-bird” sales. Let’s take a look at a few statistics:   Thanksgiving Day: Online spending…