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The Future of Retail Careers

Technology continues to innovate various industries, but it doesn't come without a mixture of enthusiasm and fear. Businesses are understandably excited about the prospect of greater efficiency, while some workers worry they'll be replaced by robots.

Topics: Retail Trends Automation

5 Ways the Retail Industry Can Use Mobile Carts

The retail industry took some big hits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumers were forced to remain at home, and most focused their attention on eCommerce alternatives. While those remain popular, people still like to shop in brick-and-mortar stores for a variety of things like clothing and household goods.

Topics: Mobile Workstation Retail ECommerce

Streamline Your Processes from End to End

Discover the ways Newcastle can help you refine and optimize your processes from beginning to end, including manufacturing and distribution but also subprocesses like receiving, quality assurance, and more. Detail future trends and expectations for how mobile workstations will shape operations and include noteworthy numbers from the ROI calculator.

Topics: Manufacturing Warehouse Management Retail Supply Chain

4 Industries That Benefit from Mobile Power

In today’s competitive environment, your business should be working smarter, not harder. Not only are businesses competing to satisfy consumer demands, but they are also in competition to attract and retain the best workers. This requires that your business find a way to become more efficient without placing unreasonable expectations on workers.

Topics: Manufacturing Mobile Workstation Retail Mobile Power

Returns Revisited: Put a New Spin on Post-Holiday Returns

No one loves returns — not customers, not retailers, and not distribution companies. But returns are a fact of life after a busy holiday season. And the quality of the customer experience can make or break your business.

Topics: Retail Efficiency Reverse Logistics

Getting a Grip on Inventory Management

With the holiday season in the rear-view mirror, there are a lot of messy warehouses out there digesting the aftermath of a contradictory set of challenges – depleted shelves, piles of returns, overstock on unpopular items and excess capacity. If you’re like most retailers – or manufacturers who are new to the E-commerce game in the last few years – then you are probably wondering how you ended up with so much overstock for some categories of your product, right?

Topics: Warehouse Management Inventory Control Retail

Speeding Up Delivery and Service for the Holidays? It’s Time to Make Your Move - Now.

With inventories bulging from summer shipments coming in for the holidays, Distribution Centers everywhere are gearing up for the peak retail season. Historically the last four months of the year generate about 60% of a typical retailers’ annual sales, which also means this is the season where many businesses earn their real profit for the year. But how do you make sure all that inventory get out the door as planned and you are not stuck with overstock at the end of the year?

Topics: Distribution Center Retail Shipping

10 Best Shoes for Retail Workers

Working in retail is difficult enough, but wearing the wrong shoes can make it excruciating. One of the best things you can do is have the right shoes for the job you do. Considering how much time you spend on your feet when you work retail, you need to have the right shoes. Even though they may not look great, they do make a huge difference when you’re working. Many non-slip shoes are uncomfortable, especially when you’re running around all day. There are many things you should look for when you’re trying to find the right shoe, and which shoes we recommend. 

Topics: Retail

How to Keep Up With Retail Innovation

When it comes to the fast-moving world of modern technology, one of the most talked-about subjects of recent years has been the Internet of Things and its impact on the retail industry. Nonetheless, since IoT has yet to become truly mainstream, many consumers and businesses alike are left baffled when they hear the rather unintuitive turn. Others might dismiss it as a passing fad, an expensive gimmick that will never really take on but, once you've familiarized yourself with the reality and, particularly, the potential it presents in the world of retail innovation, you'll likely have a different opinion.

Topics: Retail

Are You Keeping Your Workers Safe?

In this ongoing series, we’ll address some of the many issues related to keeping your warehouse employees safe, and your supply chain running smoothly.    

The following checklists may help you take steps to avoid hazards that cause injuries, illnesses and fatalities.  As always, be cautious and seek help if you are concerned about a potential hazard.

Topics: Warehouse Management Retail POS Carts Supply Chain