Whole Foods Takes Stock

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods has led to a few changes in how inventory is managed, and the results are empty shelves, unhappy customers, and – according to some employees – lagging morale.

Whole Foods has implemented Amazon’s inventory system, called Order To Shelf (OTS).  When implemented correctly, OTS can reduce the number of stockouts and amount of inventory carried.  However, the conversion has not been trouble free.

Part of the problem may lie in Whole Foods’ use of small, local suppliers […]

By |2018-01-30T04:26:39+00:00January 30, 2018|Tags: , , , |

2018 Supply Chain Predictions

What’s on the menu for 2018?  Expected supply chain management trends include:

  • increased supply chain visibility software use
  • the disruptive impact of the sharing economy of supply chain distribution networks
  • the increased need to improve supply chain speed (the so called “Amazon Effect”)

This post is based on the Supply Chain Digital article, Supply Chain – Predictions for 2018 Trends, by Greg Kefer, December 8, 2017.

Discussion Questions
1. Why is “supply chain visibility” a necessary ingredient to modern supply […]

By |2018-01-23T22:43:42+00:00January 10, 2018|Tags: , , , |
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