China's Alibaba is furthering its expansion in the US with new payment and freight shipping options aimed at attracting small and mid-sized businesses to its e-commerce platform. Facebook, Google and Instagram have also launched online shopping features and ad credits designed to win over the same businesses.
WESCO and Anixter have announced executive roles for the combined company after their deal is completed. WESCO Chief Financial Officer Dave Schulz will be CFO of the combined company, Anixter CFO Ted Dosch will become executive vice president of strategy and chief transformation officer, and WESCO Chief HR Officer Chris Wolf will retain that role.
The pandemic and Amazon's emergence have separately made the case for supply chain digitization, Glenn Jones of Blume Global says. "Certainly, the trucking companies and even the ocean carriers have a way to track digitally, through fleet management, or other types of IoT devices," Jones says, "but we're starting to see more and more of the companies putting sensors on containers, not just the trucks."
The coronavirus pandemic has revealed the need for agile supply chains that are visible, can manage plans across operations in real time and can create scenario planning in collaboration with others, writes Kinaxis Vice President Polly Mitchell-Guthrie.
Distributor sales leaders have to show sales teams how they'll succeed in a world changed by the coronavirus pandemic, and it'll be a long process, says Mike Marks of Indian River Consulting Group. A down year doesn't have to be bad if you outperform your competitors, he says.
Turtle & Hughes co-CEO Jayne Millard is a third-generation female leader at the electrical distributor, and she makes a point of recruiting women as board members and hiring people from underrepresented groups.
"If there isn't diversity at the leadership level these days, it can raise concerns about whether it's really an open-minded, democratic culture," she says.
Leading retailers such as Target and Old Navy have begun accepting returns again at their stores, but they are quarantining clothing and cleaning off other products to protect customers from the coronavirus. Kohl's has extended its return period by 30 days and is handling Amazon returns in a separate area from its own returns.
Retailers such as J.C. Penney and Pier 1 that are closing stores will change how they hold liquidation sales due to the coronavirus pandemic, including limiting the number of customers allowed inside. Off-price retailers stand to gain "high-quality branded merchandise" that others are trying to liquidate, says Ernie Herrman, CEO of the parent company of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.
The coronavirus pandemic is one reason that the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, or CalRecycle, has increased the amount it pays companies that collect and recycle e-waste. CalRecycle also cited updated cost data provided by recyclers and other factors.
Protests across the US spurred by the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, along with the ensuing closed fuel stops and barricaded highways and roads, are leading to delivery delays. Businesses such as SEKO Logistics and FedEx have stopped delivery and pickup in select areas, and Postmates and DoorDash are timing delivery shutdowns with curfews.
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