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Logistics in the Information Age

Sepetmber 21, 2011

A couple weeks ago our CEO was in Atlanta at the MIT Forum on stage with Manhattan Associates and the Home Depo talking about "Logistics in the Information Age". It's not too often that you get an infrastructure provider (Manhattan Associates), an outsourced logistics provider (Shipwire) and a major retailer (Home Depo) on one panel talking about logistics.

Damon focused on the impact of logistics on the small business and how Shipwire is bringing the efficiencies of a Home Demo to any entrepreneur.

Damon starts at minute 31. But I recommend checking out minute 25 on because Manhattan Associates has a pretty good video on managing inventory in a multi-channel sales environment. The Video is very enterprise focused; but, the ideas are very sound.

Topics covered

  • Mobile e-commerce
  • Social e-commerce and customer voice
  • Inventory anywhere
  • Fast and Free shipping
  • International e-commerce
  • Market volatility and international shipping and globalization
  • Great insights from Home Depo about not making decisions about where inventory will be sold until you have to! "Postponement Inventory Management"
  • Shipping anywhere, anytime to anyone
  • Changes coming to logistics to keep up with the customer expectations

Overview:

Consumers today have more choices and information than ever before. From online shopping to in- store promotions, technology has become tightly intertwined with the purchase of even the most basic household goods.

How do retailers react to a consumer base that is increasingly demanding? How do they craft offers that are relevant and meaningful, and that cut through the clutter and influence the buying decision? Most importantly, what are the implications for managing a global supply chain amid so much complexity?

We will explore those topics and more as we discuss the challenges of logistics for the retail industry and how technology can be used to help solve those challenges.

Featured Speakers:

Mark Holifield
Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, The Home Depot
Brian Kinsella
Senior Director of Product Management, Manhattan Associates
Damon Schechter
CEO, Shipwire

Here is the link for the Video.


From L to R: Damon Schechter (Shipwire), Brian Kinsella (MA), Mark Holifield (Home Depo)

Nate Gilmore

Nate is the Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at Shipwire. He oversees channel development and the developer network, as well as our marketing and public relations. Previously, Nate spent six years at Concentric (acquired by XO Communications), where he ran product management, sales, and marketing. Nate has also held various legal positions in intellectual property and business law. He holds a B.A. in History and a J.D. from Santa Clara University.