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Supply chain management 4.0 – The future of the fully automatic ordering process

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Summer’s within reach. After you do a quick check of an outdoor furniture store during lunch, you decide to order a simple hammock chair for home. Choosing the right colour and size is not a problem either. That same evening, your smartphone rings and a car with that new piece of jewellery is on your own doorstep. But how’s that possible?

IoT, business intelligence, self-driving cars, big data – This multitude of buzzwords is shaping our future. They all are smartly connected to produce supply chain management 4.0 and take customer satisfaction to a new level.

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E-Commerce in Africa: DHL does logistics and online retail [5 reading tips]

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Being able to buy a product any time, anywhere is a reality in many countries today. This is ensured by constant technological progress and improving infrastructure. 71 per cent of European online shoppers are now shopping across borders. But there are still regions where cross-border e-commerce is a huge challenge.

Africa is a good example. Although the region is still struggling with many obstacles, it holds great potential for online retail. We all know: »First come, first serve.« So does DHL and it’s recognised such potential and taken on this niche market early on.

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No deal! What’ll Brexit do to online retail?

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30 March 2019 will go down in history. For the first time, the European Union is shrinking, as it’ll lose one of its members that day. In accordance with Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union, British Prime Minister Theresa May led the exit process after almost 52 per cent of UK citizens voted to leave in 2016. The exit agreement between the EU and UK, which had been negotiated for years, failed before the British House of Commons. A consequence might be a so-called hard Brexit, without binding regulations between the two parties. What consequences does this have for the current state international online retail? Will this huge amount of chaos also hurt online shopping?

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E-Food — The last mile is the biggest challenge [5 Reading Tips]

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Online shopping has long been a fixture in German retail. But there are certain sectors that are slower to keep up.  According to a recent survey by Digital Association of Germany Bitkom, online grocery, despite its growth, hardly reaches any new customers. How’s that possible?

The e-food market is also facing a major challenge: the supply of luxury foods. To master this, supermarkets, discounters and retailers are striving for a sustainable business model.

Today, we’ll explain what the current state of this unique industry is and what trends are emerging for efficient and enticing logistics.

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The Holy Grail of Personal Data – Putting GDPR to the Test

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Amazon knows us better than most of our friends. Accurate product suggestions and personalised advertising ensure that your opinion of them is full of enthusiasm instead of irritation, because such features are expected when it comes to online shopping.

But what’s the price we’re paying for this convenience? Thanks to the GDPR, civil rights activist, journalist, and economist Katharina Nocun requested all her data Amazon collected about her then went through it, and was astounded by what she found.

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Holiday season is shipping season: How retailers and deliverers are preparing [5 reading tips]

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Christmas time is near. Consumers are buying gifts, retailers are stocking up, and parcel deliverers are gearing up to handle the mountains of boxes and avoid messy deliveries.
What can retailers and manufacturers look out for, make sure their shipments arrive on time and their customers are happy?

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Social commerce: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

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The past few months have brought new developments from Facebook and others. Younger platforms and other large companies have been trying to gain their share of the marketplace as well. Even though these products from these companies are new, they take into account what went well for others, and what’s flopped.

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Money isn’t growing on trees, but it’s showing up in your old wardrobe

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If you believe a survey by Greenpeace, you’ll believe over one billion unused garments are stored in German closets. Not just moths, even savvy economists recognise a certain potential here. Environmentally conscious people are fighting against the wasteful use of our outer layers anyway. The key phrase: second hand!

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To do, or not to do business with a logistics service provider? That is the question [5 reading tips]

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Logistics is always on the move. Companies and logistics service providers are always developing new solutions to deliver products not only quickly, but also as conveniently and sustainably as possible. Whether with messengers or robots, with vans, cargo bikes, or drones.

Retailers have been investing in end-customer delivery with their own fleets for a long time. Newcomers with innovative approaches such as the online supermarket Picnic give the industry new momentum. What role will big delivery services still play in the future? Where will parcel service providers develop? Will retailers and brands even expect to build up and offer their own delivery services?

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The (e)-bike as a driver for new business models [5 reading tips]

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Mobility is progressing. People and data flow together on the way. New technological developments and changing digital lifestyles allow global society to be mobile and not stand still. The car has lost its traditional meaning and has turned into a rolling data vehicle, which offers more and more possible experiences. Meanwhile bikes are getting popular again.
 
The bike market is on the moving and rapidly developing. Actually, it’s booming. According to Zweirad-Industrie-Verband (ZIV), 720,000 e-bikes were sold in Germany in the past year. The number of electric cars is, in 2018, much lower: 53,861.
 
Biking is trendy and offers many benefits for users and business. Established companies and start-ups from various industries are currently competing with smart solutions to open up new business opportunities for e-bikes and freight bike fleets.

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