Old Is the New Chic at Nordstrom

Old Is the New Chic at Nordstrom

February 12, 2020

Used clothes are setting a new trend in fashion retail.

Nordstrom has just started selling used clothes, shoes, and accessories. In doing so, it is joining other retailers in offering a climate-friendly alternative to fast fashion. The resale market is growing fast, attracting shoppers from multiple age groups and indicating a shift in attitude toward disposable fashion.


Video Spotlight: Nordstrom Sells Secondhand Clothes


This post is based on The Washington Post article, Old Clothes, New Customers: Nordstrom Becomes Latest Big Retailer to Sell Secondhand Items, by A. Bhattarai, January 31, 2020, and the YouTube video, Nordstrom Hoping Used Clothing Business Will Attract New Customersby WCCO – CBS Minnesota, January 30, 2020. Image source: Adisa/Shutterstock.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the societal factors responsible for the trend of selling used clothes along with new ones?

Guidance: The factors responsible for this trend include increased environmental consciousness; a need for higher-quality, longer-lasting clothes; a preference for designer clothes at lower prices; and a growing contempt for excessive consumption.

2. Is the practice of placing used clothing items alongside new ones a wise layout option for Nordstrom?

Guidance: Although personal opinions on this matter vary, it seems Continue reading

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Amazon Optimizes Warehouse Space

Amazon Optimizes Warehouse Space

December 22, 2019

As the holiday buying season is underway, Amazon is revising its warehousing system.

As we previously shared, in an effort to cut Prime shipping time from two days to one day the company invested heavily in 2nd quarter 2019 to improve transportation and warehousing. Part of the warehousing problem relates to independent merchants that are using Amazon for fulfillment.  Over half of Amazon sales are from these independent merchants.

Amazon has raised the fees charged to these independent merchants to encourage a reduction in inventory, trying to keep slow-moving items out of their distribution centers.  Because many of these merchants are concerned about the fees, Amazon may not have enough inventory on-hand with holiday sales looming.

Thus, Amazon is implementing Amazon Storage and Replenishment.  Merchants can now store products to replenish Amazon’s distribution centers from nearby warehouses.  The hope is to allow merchants a cheaper storage option in order to keep inventory low in Amazon’s distribution center, but yet not run-out of merchandise that might result in lost sales.


Video Spotlight: Amazon is making one-day shipping the new standard for Prime members


This post is based on the Bloomberg article, Amazon Tests Cheap Warehouses to Make Continue reading

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Macy’s Handles Complex Logistics with Google Cloud

Macy’s Handles Complex Logistics with Google Cloud

September 1, 2019

Macy’s warehouse management system is powered by a new Google Cloud management and analytics software to address complex logistic issues.

To meet ‘back to school’ and holiday season demands, the cloud-based analytics solutions optimizes the retailer’s supply chain, ensuring efficient shipment of merchandise from a 675,000 square foot warehouse in Columbus, Ohio, to over 200 stores.

Macy’s plans to implement the warehouse management system to service other distribution centers and direct-to-customer orders.


Video Spotlight: Google Cloud Helps DSW Engage Over 28M Shoe Lovers, Real Time


This post is based on the Today’s ECommerce article, Macy’s leverages Google Cloud and Analytics to optimize its Warehousing, by Pulkit Rastogi, August 27, 2019, and the YouTube video Google Cloud Helps DSW Engage Over 28M Shoe Lovers, Real Time, by Google Cloud, January 10, 2019. Image source: Shutterstock / anucha maneechote.

Discussion Questions:

1. What are the operational benefits of Macy’s cloud-based warehouse management system?

Guidance: It optimizes the shipment of merchandise from warehouses to stores to meet back to school and holiday demand, allows Macy’s to stay competitive, and meet customer demands.

2. How does Macy’s cloud-based warehouse management system influence its business process?

Guidance: The system is a Continue reading

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