Supply chains that don't eliminate silos won't be able to keep up with customer expectations of rapid order fulfillment, Nick Foy of ModusLink writes. Three indicators of being stuck in a silo are geo-specific operations, failure to implement end-to-end solutions and lack of oversight of the entire operation.
L.L.Bean furthered its "Be An Outsider" campaign with a full-page ad in today's New York Times that extols the virtues of the outdoors -- but there's a catch. The ad was printed with photochromic ink, so readers have to take it outside into the sunshine to read it.
Microsoft will launch a flagship store close to the Oxford Circus area in London, near the site of the Apple flagship store, the company said. Microsoft operates 75 stores around the world, including flagships in Sydney, Australia, and New York City.
Dutch designer Iris van Herpen grew up exploring nature, which inspired her to look to science for inspiration. A visit to the CERN in Switzerland three years ago has influenced her recent collections, with designs featuring a technology-based appearance.
A debt swap by bondholders helped J.Crew avert a bankruptcy filing this summer, but a few of the affected lenders have sued to block the deal. The type of swap, which involved creating a new affiliate that owns the brand's intellectual property, has become more common among retailers dealing with high debt loads.
Amazon will open an office in the Hudson Yards development in New York City next year to house its advertising team. The e-commerce giant aims to create 6,000 new jobs across New York state over the next few years, including 2,000 in advertising and fashion.
German discount supermarket chain ALDI has grown from a single suburban store to a 10,000-plus location global giant with a simple less-is-more strategy. Plans to grow to 2,500 US locations put the retailer on track to become the country's third-largest grocer behind Walmart and Kroger.
UK toy retailer The Entertainer has hired 20-year retail veteran John Driscoll as its new commercial director. Driscoll, who will oversee merchandising and buying, spent nine years at Tesco, where he last served as head of the toy category.
India now leads as the top destination for international retailers based on the global retail development index, said Subhendu Roy of AT Kearney. The index evaluates countries based on several factors, including growth in online and mobile penetration, and stronger consumer spending.
As this year's holiday season approaches, consultant Pamela Hazelton outlines five marketing tactics to gain the attention of your target customers. Consider gathering user-generated content, implementing a subscription model and pursuing opportunities for cross-selling, she writes.
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