FreshDirect Shows How Valuable Effective Fresh Food Management Can Be

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Food e-commerce giant FreshDirect recently raised $189 million in an investment round led by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, in large part due to the company’s ability to manage its inventory right and to deliver on consumer demand for fresh food. “As demand for fresh ingredients delivered to your … [Read more...]

Inventory Management Tips For Suppliers and Vendors

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Target recently announced new, stricter rules for its suppliers in an effort to increase efficiency and reliability in its supply chain. The big box retailer has been plagued with supply chain snafus leading to empty shelves and missed sales. This has made it more difficult for Target to compete … [Read more...]

Why Small Businesses Must Avoid Reusing Barcodes

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More small businesses are recognizing the power of the humble barcode, the decades-old technology that even retail giant Amazon uses to great effect in pushing thousands of items out to customers each day, to help bring order, clarity and savings to their business model. Unfortunately, some … [Read more...]

3 Ways To Make Customer Service Your Best Supply Chain Strategy

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Should your customers call the shots in regards to delivery expectations within your company? Quite a counterintuitive thought, isn’t it? You know your business best, so shouldn’t you design the shipping processes of your business? Jim Tompkins, CEO of Tompkins International disagrees, according … [Read more...]

Three Challenges: The Top Concerns For Small Businesses In 2017

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2017 promises to be a year filled with surprises. A new president, a shift in partisan politics, and a number of questions and concerns that beg for answers await everyone, especially small business owners. How will these changes affect your operations, your business, your people? According to Wasp … [Read more...]

2017 State of Small Business Report: The Survey Says….

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Small businesses (SMBs) are the heart of the American economy. In fact, studies show a new business is started in the U.S. every minute. It’s even been said that more than 50 percent of all workers will be self-employed by 2020. [Tweet "More than 50 percent of all workers will be self-employed by … [Read more...]

Are Small Businesses Looking Forward to President Trump?

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While there’s plenty of interesting data in the Wasp Barcode State of Small Business Report this year, one section stands out: Because we’re in the early days of 2017, and Trump's presidency, respondents—over 1,100 small business owners and executive leaders—were asked for their outlook in regards … [Read more...]

The Results are in 2017 Small Business Report

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The Wasp Barcode 2017 State of Small Business Report is here. For the third year running, Wasp Barcode has put together a survey featuring over 1,100 small business owners and executive leaders across a number of fields. The results provide us with a better understanding of what small and … [Read more...]

Asset Tracking For Schools Throughout the Year

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As the school year starts, the last thing you want to think about is the end of year audits and asset tracking, but the truth is, you know it is coming, and there is no better time to think about it than early in the year. If you start tracking right now, the end of the year will be a cause for … [Read more...]

Poor Supply Chain Management Is Killing Apparel Brands Like Banana Republic

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Traditional apparel companies in the United States are in trouble, and one big reason why is their slow adaption to the new world order of supply chain management. Put simply, many top brands are doing a terrible job of inventory control. [Tweet "Many top brands are doing a terrible job of … [Read more...]