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American Eagle stages materials with suppliers to keep inventory lean

Dive Brief: American Eagle Outfitters will stage materials with manufacturing partners ahead of peak season to be ready to replenish stocks if demand spikes without increasing inventory, Chief Operations Officer Michael Rempell told analysts on a Wednesday earnings call . At...


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The future of retail is same-day delivery: Are you ready?

Back in February, if you asked most brick-and-mortar retailers whether they considered same-day delivery an essential for their business, they'd probably have said no. What a difference six months make. Now, as we enter the fall of 2020 and look back on the past few months of shelter in...


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DIY makeovers - supporting locked down home stylists with an omni-channel retail push at Sally Beauty

With salons closed, a DIY beauty boom is being serviced by Sally's omni-channel retail focus. Sally Beauty Holdings is the largest distributor of professional beauty products in the US when measured by store count, with some 5000 physical outlets around the world driving nearly $4 billion...


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Walmart, Target, Home Depot and Lowe's: How their digital strategies paid off

Retailing's big guns, Walmart, Target, Home Depot and Lowe's, reported stellar sales growth as a COVID-19 playbook for omnichannel digital strategy emerges. The financial results from retailing giants have benefited from a series of events. In the cases of Home Depot and Lowe's, results are...


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IBM Sterling Order Management benefits calculator

Use our benefits calculator to estimate how IBM Sterling Order Management can specifically help your bottom line while creating a better customer experience. #Highlights #Highlights-home


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How IBM Helped JOANN Stores’ Supply Chain Quickly Respond to COVID-19

While nearly all retail businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, JOANN shows how a company can quickly pivot in the face of disruptions to become more resilient and customer-centric by expanding omnichannel fulfillment capabilities. As COVID-19 spread and a severe shortage in...


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Unilever CSCO: Agility beats forecasting when the supply chain is stressed

The coronavirus pandemic has presented Unilever with a series of stress tests, according to Chief Supply Chain Officer Marc Engel. National lockdowns have affected the company's global supply chain at every level from production to distribution. Absenteeism in factories and a shortage of...


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Three key ways retailers must now transform

Transparent communications, rapid transformation and supply chain business practices are essential for businesses to thrive in retail’s new environment, a panel of leading retailers have revealed. Last week, IBM participated in three round table sessions hosted by Retail Week, with...


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Three reasons why you need a better view of your inventory

Businesses don’t always have an accurate view of their inventory. With today’s technology, you might think inventory accuracy is a given, but for many reasons, it’s not. Your inventory may be siloed in channels -- maybe it’s housed in both stores and distribution centers, or at...


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Bringing region-to-cup traced coffee to U.S. stores with 1850® Coffee

Perhaps now more than ever, people want to support small businesses , organizations and brands they really love and respect, even when these goods are produced a world away. One product that makes this particularly challenging is coffee. Though, Americans consume 400 million cups of...