Imagine being the distribution center manager and finding this: Boxes of Navy rain jackets sporting bright-yellow snaps instead of matching Navy snaps. With such an outlandish color scheme, this jacket would NEVER fly off the shelves. In fact, the only place the jacket would sell like hot cakes would be the University of Michigan. Unfortunately, this retailer was based in Seattle.
Our President and Owner, Jeff Glassman, did slip and fall this summer and broke his wrist. After successful surgery, and two months of physical therapy, he should have full use of his arm and wrist. It’s just going to be a painful recovery. These types of situations are always unfortunate and unexpected. Unexpected issues pop up every day in the retail and wholesale world. Especially during peak inbound season which is upon us. There are ways to minimize the pain and shorten the recovery period. Look below at ways to protect yourself as fall is approaching.
Busting at the seams! When you can’t stay on top of returns processing, unsold goods take up space – and don’t bring “ka-ching”
Whew! A peak season has passed. But now you walk into your Distribution Center and realize your hardworking team simply can’t catch up. Piles of returned items need to be inspected, refolded, and repackaged.
Reverse Logistics Magazine: Why recondition your merchandise? Focusing on 2 steps in the reverse logistics process
Product comes back to your distribution center in many forms, including individual customer returns and consolidations/recalls. While you have a process to complete the financial transaction, is it challenging to process all the merchandise with the fluctuating volumes? More to the point, are you getting the most revenue possible for this merchandise?
No one likes surprises. Whether you work at an apparel manufacturer or retailer, receiving a shipment that does not meet specifications can throw your organization into crisis management mode. When it comes to apparel, the crisis could involve virtually anything.
Happy Halloween and welcome to crunch time for all manufacturers, importers and retailers. This is the time when your “Just In Time Inventory” planning turns into “I NEED IT NOW” inventory planning.
We know that it is a very gross subject to write about and to even think about, but weren’t surprised when one of our customers called and asked us to inspect 12,000 sweaters due to some lovely dead insects inside some of the poly bags.
Have you ever mistakenly washed your beautiful cashmere sweater in the washing machine and then realized that your nice sweater will only fit your 5-year old now. It not only shrunk a few sizes, it shrunk an entire generation!!
What if the patches on 3,200 jeans were coming off? What if these jeans were high fashion (i.e. “cool”) jeans with very trendy patches that were peeling off? And to top it off, what if these jeans were on the home page of your website starting in two weeks?
The textile industry encompasses nearly every “corner” of the globe. And there’s the rub. A company’s apparel may be manufactured, assembled and shipped from virtually any continent. Many apparel manufacturers and distributors unfortunately have opened cartons shipped from across the country — or across the ocean — only to find a heart-stopping issue.