Annual State of the Retail Supply Chain Report

This eighth installment of our annual State of the Retail Supply Chain Report covers highly relevant topics that impact success or failure in the hyper-speed omnichannel retail environment.  

The study goes behind the industry headlines and gets into the war rooms of leading retail companies, via in-depth interviews with top supply chain executives.  The State of the Retail Supply Chain Report provides an unparalleled and detailed view into what’s happening in retail supply chain—and what’s next. 

Each year, we focus on 3-4 burning topics identified by the retail supply chain executives we interview.  This year’s study tackles significant challenges in the retail supply chain arena:   

  • Change agents of disruptive technology 
  • Growing imperative for efficient urban fulfillment 
  • Evolving roles of logistics service providers 
  • Ever-present need for sustainability 

“The evolution of online shopping has made customers realize that they don’t have to get in their cars and drive to the store anymore. That has changed retail forever.”

As always, the report addresses supply chain strategy, spending, and emerging issues – including the ongoing concerns about U.S. – China trade.  In sum, the report provides considerable insight about retailers’ efforts to create dynamic supply chains for any economic conditions.  

Partner Organization

Auburn University Center for Supply Chain Innovation 

The Center for Supply Chain Innovation serves as the conduit for faculty, student, and industry engagement. We support the supply chain industry through insightful research, tailored professional enrichment programs, advisory services, and industry-ready talent. Each spring, CSCI hosts the SCM Fusion Symposium where industry leaders discuss best practices in supply chain technology, talent, and tactics. Visit

DC Velocity 

DC VELOCITY is the market-leading multi-media magazine brand serving the specific informational needs of logistics and supply chain managers and executives. DCV offers comprehensive logistics coverage at the hub of logistics. Monthly coverage includes best practices / case studies, emerging technology, labor issues, management trends, new products and services, new market research, professional development and enrichment opportunities, and more. Visit 


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