Amazon Sellers Need Management Software

Amazon Sellers Need Management Software

April 30, 2019

For sellers trying to win an order (the coveted “buy box”) on Amazon, inventory and warehouse management software is critical.

With such software, small businesses trying to sell on Amazon can more easily achieve improved quality control, better demand planning, accurate cycle counts, dynamic routing flexibility, and superior stock level tracking.

This post is based on the Supply Chain 24/7 article, Inventory and Warehouse Management Software is Imperative to Sell on Amazon, by SkuVault, April 8, 2019. Image source: Cultura / Image Source

Discussion Questions:

1. How does this software solution decrease lead times? How does inventory quantity on hand interact with decreased lead times?  Will this software help a responsive and/or efficient supply chain?

Guidance: Students should be able to note time savings in order fulfillment to the end customer by better picking and routing.  Inventory levels should be decreased with lead time reductions to both the customer and from the suppliers.

Students may need a refresher on efficient versus responsive supply chains.  Ask them to elaborate on the ways this software can improve both types of supply chain.  Which supply chain type benefits the most from this software and why?  Continue reading

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Border Politics Disrupt Mexico-U.S. Supply Chain Movements

Border Politics Disrupt Mexico-U.S. Supply Chain Movements

April 20, 2019

President Trump’s threat to close the Southern border has disrupted supply chains as delays are building for commercial vehicles crossing the border, especially northbound.

Delays of ten hours above normal are reported, and the threat of a total closure is accelerating efforts by shippers in Mexico to get goods loaded and moving.  This, in turn, accelerates the congestion at the border, made yet worse by the reassignment of 750 Customs and Border Protection Agents.

The threat of a border closure- despite assurances it is not imminent- is intended to pressure Mexico to do more to constrain the flow of refugees to the border.  At the same time, the re-negotiated NAFTA deal is pending a House vote, adding further to uncertainty.


Video Spotlight: Ripple effects of a potential Mexico border shutdown


This post is based on the Industry Week article, Mexico Border Wait Times Spike, by Michael Hirtzer and Thomas Black, April 8, 2019, and the YouTube video, Ripple effects of a potential Mexico border shutdown, by USA Today, April 3, 2019. Image source: Rouzes/Getty Images

Discussion Questions:

1. What uncertainties are shippers facing on cross border movements between the U.S. and Mexico?

Guidance: The Continue reading

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