Zippin Along With Checkout-Free Retail

Zippin Along With Checkout-Free Retail

September 7, 2018

No more waiting in retail checkout lines or self-scanning. That’s the selling point of Zippin’s next-generation checkout-free software platform.

Retailers can deploy the Zippin platform and offer “frictionless shopping” for customers, according to the company.  After downloading the Zippin app and choosing their preferred payment method, customers can “zip in and out” with their purchases, and there’s no need to spend time in a checkout line.


Video Spotlight: Introducing Zippin – Checkout-Free Shopping


The wave of options for checkout-free shopping is growing. Check out previous OM in the News posts about Amazon Go and Walmart.

This post is based on the PR Newswire article, Zippin Launches Next Generation Checkout-Free Technology Enabling Retailers to Quickly Deploy Frictionless Shopping, by Aimee Groves, August 20, 2018; and the YouTube video, Introducing Zippin – Checkout-Free Shopping, by Zippin, August 19, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / LADO.

Discussion Questions:

1. How does Zippin’s checkout-free technology work?

Guidance: Zippin uses overhead cameras and smart shelf sensors to track when and which products are picked up and put back and placed in the shoppers’ virtual chart.  A Zippin app contains the store QR code which identifies customers entering the store. Continue reading

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Same-Day Delivery: Zara Ships It

Same-Day Delivery: Zara Ships It

August 22, 2018

If you are a retailer, how do you compete against Amazon and Amazon Prime with its free 2-day delivery?  The answer could be to deliver from the store.

Many retailers have more stores than Amazon has distribution centers.  If you can effectively manage the inventory across stores, you could have a delivery advantage over Amazon from both a cost and time perspective.

However, Amazon is working hard to make same-day deliveries available to more customers.  Currently, select items are available for same day delivery in over 8,000 cities.

Many other retailers are working on same-day delivery using the same concept of shipping from the retail store, including Walmart, Home Depot, Target, Macy’s, and J C Penney’s.

Zara is relatively late to the same-day delivery market. But, Zara’ Fast Fashion deserves fast delivery. They have broken traditional logistics and supply chain approaches to get new designs to customers quickly.  They now hope to do the same in the last mile delivery to customers.

 


Video Spotlight: Zara Rolling Out Ship From Store Service


This post is based on the Forbes article, Zara’s Big Ship-From-Store Push Underscores Retail’s Bricks-Serving-Clicks Movement, by Barbara Thau, July 31, Continue reading

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Trucker shortages affecting supply chains

Trucker shortages affecting supply chains

July 19, 2018

OM in the News has previously posted about the national trucker shortage. The saga continues, and looks to worsen: there are 63,000 positions unfilled this year, and the number is expected to more than double in the future.

This is a challenging problem, especially since almost every item that is sold in the U.S. is transported by truck at some point.  Trucking companies are raising wages to the $60,000 – $70,000 range, with full benefits and signing bonuses, even for new trucking school graduates.  Those ready to work are snapped up quickly.

The dangerous and demanding nature of trucking makes it difficult to attract qualified workers despite the promise of generous compensation.  Rising wages are being passed along to consumers as transportation costs increase distribution costs and force companies to raise prices.

Delivery delays have become common, affecting inventory management and product availability.

This post is based on the Washington Post article, America’s severe trucker shortage could undermine the prosperous economy, by Heather Long, June 28, 2018. Image source: Rouzes/Getty Images.

Discussion Questions:

1. How does the trucking shortage impact manufacturers or other businesses?

Guidance: Trucker shortages mean businesses are finding it difficult to find Continue reading

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