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Flexible Solutions Are Needed to Make Supply Chains More Efficient & Reliable

Picking up where we left off in December, this month we're talking about supply chain resiliency.

 

Last month we talked about the growing complexity and interconnectedness of global supply chains. We explained that businesses of every size have new opportunities to serve ever-larger markets, but they're also finding it harder to compete without innovative warehousing, inventory management, and distribution systems and strategies.

Nearly 9-out-of-10 supply chain professionals say they plan to invest in making supply chains more agile within the next two years." - Gartner Research

This month we're focused on why logistics is still a weak link when it comes to building a business that can survive through turbulent times, and why 89% of respondents to a recent industry survey say they plan to invest in making their supply chain more resilient. 

Topics: e-commerce business growth distribution strategy last-mile distribution center managed pick-up centers

2022 was another transformational year for SMB supply chains

Small and medium businesses are adapting to changes in the global supply chain, and so is Cura Group.

 

If we had to come up with one positive thing to say about experiencing a global pandemic in our lifetimes, it would have to be our newfound appreciation of industry's ability to continuously find new and better ways to get things done. And if 2020 was the year we all first experienced COVID quarantines and remote everything, then 2022 was the year when we shook it off and moved on.

Topics: e-commerce business growth distribution strategy last-mile distribution center parts distribution center

Product Returns: Are They A Necessary Evil?

A smart reverse logistics solution can reduce costs and improve profitability.

 

There are many reasons to return an item to where you bought it. Maybe it doesn’t fit, it’s not what you expected, or it needs repair. Since COVID, we’ve all become more accustomed to “buying and trying” with the knowledge that we can always send back the things we don’t need or want, with no questions asked.

That’s why flexible return policies became a critical sales tool for many companies that switched to e-commerce or buy-online-pickup-in-store strategies during the pandemic. But now it looks like the era of free returns is coming to a close.

Topics: business growth distribution strategy aviation logistics parts distribution center

How Retailers Can Keep Holiday Returns from Ruining the Season

Holiday returns can add up to big losses. But big data can give retailers a competitive advantage and reduce shrinkage and fraud.

Holiday sales are the lifeblood of many retailers. But holiday returns can put a damper on end-of-year celebrations. Reportedly, 17.8% of holiday gifts were returned last year according to the National Retail Foundation.

With more people shopping online than ever before, more gifts arrive without try-ons or inspection. So... the shirt is the wrong size. The speaker isn’t compatible with the computer. Or he already has a socket wrench. That’s why rates for holiday returns are typically higher than the rest of the year, according to the National Retail Federation.

Topics: e-commerce holiday shopping e-commerce shopping fraud big data

NBAA | BACE 2022 - That's a Wrap!

Here are the top 5 supply chain issues that were top of mind for business aviation companies at this year's NBAA conference.

The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the leading organization for companies that rely on general aviation aircraft to help make them more efficient and successful. According to their website, the vast majority of businesses in this community – 97 percent – are small- to midsize operations.

Last week, the NBAA held its annual business aviation convention in Orlando, FL. Even though Hurricane Ian blew through town just days earlier, it wasn't enough to knock the show off course. 

Cura Group was there to meet some of these smaller companies and find out what's keeping their aviation supply chain professionals up at night.

Topics: business growth distribution strategy aviation logistics parts distribution center

How to Make Room for Active Inventory

Or, what to do when slow-moving inventory takes up too much valuable space in your warehouse.

Inventory is like electricity: you can't run your business without it, but it's rarely top of mind. However, unlike electricity, inventory takes up physical space, it's expensive to store, and someone has to actively organize and track it even when it's not needed.

Topics: accept cash payments business growth distribution strategy aviation logistics parts distribution center

Solving Supply Chain Challenges for the Aviation Industry

Wayne Trzeciak Joins Cura Resource Group

In April, we attended our first Aviation Week MRO Americas trade show to educate ourselves about the industry, and to see if CRG's turnkey parts distribution centers could help fleet operators, aircraft manufacturers, and parts suppliers bounce back from the catastrophic supply chain disruptions caused by COVID.

We came home convinced that brick-and-mortar fulfillment centers close to busy airports can give parts sellers more distribution capacity and the ability to generate revenue faster without the traditional investment in real estate and internal support systems.

Topics: local sales centers managed pick-up centers aviation logistics parts distribution center

What Amazon Prime Day Teaches Us

 

The biggest shopping event of the summer starts on July 12th.

We've written about Amazon Prime Day before and you may be asking yourself, why are they so obsessed with an online sale? The short answer is that Amazon is the biggest retailer on the planet and everything they do sends ripples across the entire industry.

Topics: e-commerce shopping customer pick-up center local sales centers Amazon

Swim > Bike > Run: The Herbalife24 Triathlon Delivers Again

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CURA Resource Group is a Proud 3-time Sponsor of the Herbalife24 Triathlon Los Angeles

By the closing ceremonies of last weekend's third annual Herbalife24 Triathlon Los Angeles®, it was obvious the race has officially earned its standing as one of the most exciting new athletic traditions in L.A, a city already obsessed with sports, health, and fitness. 

Topics: last-mile delivery solutions local sales center Herbalife L.A. triathlon

Five Ways Aviation MROs Can Benefit From Walk-In Parts Distribution Centers

This week we're heading to Aviation Week's MRO Americas 2022 - Accelerate! show in Dallas to talk about how smarter distribution models can help MROs overcome aviation supply disruptions.

Aviation was one of the industries hit hardest by the worldwide COVID pandemic. More than half of the world's aircraft fleets were stored, or flew less often in the past year. As a result, aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) spending was 31% less in 2021 than it was in 2019. Global aviation analysts at OliverWyman predict that MRO demand will return to pre-pandemic levels by 2023, but they also say it's unlikely to achieve pre-COVID growth rates for decades to come.

Topics: direct sales local sales centers omnichannel shopping aviation logistics parts distribution center