Nearly 70 transportation and supply chain executives met at Target Corp. near downtown Minneaplis on Oct. 30 to network and learn from other shippers. Here are just a few highlights shared during the shipper's panel discussion from these panelists:
Mike Tripp is Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics with Christopher & Banks, a 686-store retailer that specializes in women's apparel. He described how his organization streamlines its products through one distribution center and has focused this past year on inbound freight strategies, carrier relations, and rapidly adapting to customer expectations. "We have been challenging every 'payroll hour' in every store," he said, "seeking for meaningful cost and operational efficiencies."
Tom Wenzinger is Director of Corporate Traffic for Advance Auto Parts, a leading retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items. His organization's supply chain network includes 9 DCs with significant outbound shipments involving what he calls PDQs (parts delivered quickly). "We just opened our ninth DC in Indiana, which is enabling us to provide daily deliveries of hot sellers to our stores," he said. "We've found that our supply chain is not 'one size fits all,' and we have been working on our supply chain model of the future that factors in frequency of orders and shipments, cost structure, visibility into shipments, and communications with our providers."
Eric Morley is President of Morley Management Consulting and is NASSTRAC's current Chairman. He discussed an emerging trend he sees, involving e-commerce fulfillment through the 'omni-channel,' which means fulfillment from anywhere to anywhere. He specifically called out that some of today's e-tailers, along with Wal-Mart, are driving initiatives by some to provide same-day deliveries, at little or not cost. "This appears to be driven more by the customer or the products involved," he said, "but it's a reality that some companies are making happen."