Logistics: Retailers Adapt to Changing Consumer Demands

Retailers believe they've finally got inventories in the right place after several years of pandemic-driven volatility sent stockpiles and profit margins on a roller-coaster.

Merchants this year are heading into their crucial holiday sales period with warehouses no longer overstuffed with mismatched merchandise and store shelves lined up for steady seasonal demand. Retailers from Walmart and Target to more specialized sellers like Best Buy and Dick’s Sporting Goods have pared back their inventories while trying to focus their supply chains more tightly on products that shoppers want.

Many retailers have spent much of the year working through the stockpiles from last year and now say they have cleaned up their distribution centers and their balance sheets.

Forecasting fast-changing consumer demand was a major challenge for retailers during the pandemic. This year’s fourth quarter marks a test of new forecasting efforts and a disciplined focus on profit margins rather than top-line revenue. Supply-chain flexibility is a major focus this year, including an effort to keep inventory “fresh and clean.”  

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Source: The Wall Street Journal, Liz Young

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