CDI Furniture is betting big on reclaimed wood. The company's 27-year-old CEO has chosen to target primarily millennials with his wood creations, and believes the demographic's high valuation of sustainable products will propel his brand ahead of his mass manufacturing competitors. With operations ranging from Vietnam and India to Montreal, it's important that a company like CDI has a robust supply chain in order to remain competitive, but moreover, profitable.
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Ever heard of Moby? Not the singer, but the 24-hour mobile grocery store with no employees! Moby is solar powered, self-driving, and is set to be produced and officially roaming the streets of Japan by 2018. The store is connected to its customers via an app, which allows users to place custom orders, track the location of the store, and make purchases.
As a solutions company, it is also great to learn what other companies and even cites do to deal with their every day and upcoming problems. For cities, parking is becoming a great example. There is a push for cleaner streets in urban areas. Cities like Seattle, encourage underground parking and are making it more and more difficult to build towering parking structures.
In June, Nike entered a partnership with Amazon, allowing them to have more control over their brand’s presence on the Amazon’s marketplace. While the Nike’s deal was significant, linking arms with with massive e-tailer has become a trend of sorts in the retail world that is worrying analysts and competitors alike.
Have you heard of iLab? Of course you haven’t, that is unless you work at Neiman Marcus (NM). The term is short for innovation lab; but what exactly do you think NM is innovating? Everything. Retailers have become laser focused on the in-store experience as a way of maintaining a competitive advantage over e-commerce, and are becoming increasingly concerned with the connection between their store's physical and digital realms. While all of this is important, how robust a company's supply chain is often is the greatest determinant of a companies success and, in the retail world, the…
I’d like to formally welcome Julia Duthie to SCS as our new Director of Client Development and Relations. Originally from Hudsonville, Julia has lived in Pennsylvania for the past 11 years with her husband Jeff, their 21-month-old daughter Elle and their dog Tuesday.
You probably already know that 65% of a company’s product or service’s value is derived directly from its suppliers, but how can you get the very most out of those critical relationships while using them to encourage a great customer experience?
Chatham House Think Tank recently decided to map out the global food supply chain and identify different bottlenecks, especially ones heavily influenced by weather, and compiled a list of 14 different locations, ports and lanes.
Ever heard of the company Voodoo Manufacturing? It's a Brooklyn based start up staffed almost entirely by robots. The company claims it can create any image or design and mass produce it without the need for human assistance. The company is a prototype for the future of small parts manufacturing and has built an operations formula that is likely to last.