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IT'S no longer timely news: 'supply chain
transformation - key to top-line performance
Yet, as Australian retailers continue running
the B2C fulfilment race, maturing customer
expectations have already changed the
What originally appeared like a winning
formula in adding 'fast' to cheap delivery has
revealed a deeper need for customer satisfaction.
A lack of inventory visibility,
suitable fulfilment methods
and problems managing B2C
challenges with legacy B2B style
systems, has impeded the true
potential of growth in the sector.
As a result it's no surprise that
supply chain professionals in retail
have been pushing to pilot new
operating models to transform
their supply chains. It remains
a pressing issue for Australian
retailers, as does the opportunity
to expand and fulfil orders into Asia.
Deloitte's Global Powers of Retailing report
2014 found that few retailers were taking up
the opportunity to ship global; trend suggests
that, however, it's because their understanding
of international protocols and market entry
strategies were an impediment.
The need to transform the supply chain to
become competitive in retail is a benchmark
being set by strong international competition.
However, the process of identifying service
level and investment requirements and the
implementation of fulfilment strategies can be
anything but easy.
The Online Retail Supply Chain Summit,
Australia's largest e-retail supply chain confer-
ence hosted by Akolade, is a unique opportunity
for retail operations and supply chain profession-
als to receive first-hand advice from multichannel
retailers who have transformed their supply
chain to meet new customer expectations.
Themed transforming back-office, storage
and fulfilment, the 2015 Summit showcases the
setting up and execution of various distribution
and fulfilment models for domestic and cross-
border trade -- covering all issues in demand,
inventory, ordering and delivery with Australian
retail's top brass.
For full details of the Summit visit
www.akolade.com.au, or for more
infor mation contact Akolade on
(02) 9247 6000 or email marketing@
SUPPLY CHAIN TRANSFORMATION: WHY NEW
RETAIL MUST GROW UP AND GET OUT
FOLLOWING the release of the Navman
MY Truck GPS in 2012, Navman has launched
MY Truck II that looks to be bigger and better.
The sat-nav features improved guidance for
B-doubles and HAZMAT restricted vehicles,
access to (free) lifetime monthly maps updates,
as well as a large 7-inch screen designed
especially for larger vehicles to help drivers
clearly view map details.
In addition, landmark guidance directs
drivers by pointing out objects they see
through their windscreen such as the colours
and names of buildings and geographical
features to guide them, making navigation
instructions easier to understand.
Free lifetime live traffic updates from SUNA
are also updated continuously on the MY Truck
II to help truck drivers avoid suburban traffic
at any given day or time. A fuel type search
allows truck drivers to find a petrol station that
stocks the right fuel for their truck.
On the road
A brief time spent with Navman's MY Truck
II confirmed the unit's usefulness for truck
drivers. Features such as spoken safety alerts,
and driver alerts when approaching potentially
dangerous driving situations, such as sharp
bends, steep inclines or declines, high wind
areas, overtaking lanes or lane merges are
very useful, although the small writing at the
bottom of the screen can be distracting.
Bluetooth hands-free encourages drivers to
avoid using their phone when driving, while the
driver fatigue alert reminds them to take a break
when they have been driving for over two hours.
The unit includes the Australian Good
Food Guide, which helps drivers find a
decent meal on the road, while Lonely Planet
Guides provide useful information about
accommodation and restaurants.
Other features of the GPS that truck drivers
will find convenient include a mileage reporter
so drivers can keep track of the number of
kilometres they are travelling, and a voice
The MY Tr uck II is available now with a
recommended retail price of $499.
A NEW NAVMAN FOR TRUCKS
"... landmark guidance directs drivers by pointing out
objects ... such as the colours and names of buildings
and geographical features to guide them."
MHD SUPPLY CHAIN SOLUTIONS --- NOVEMBER / DECEMBER 2014
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