Inspiring ways to help retail, lifestyle and
consumer goods businesses stay ahead

If you’re looking for ways to understand, analyze, transform, optimize, build or improve your supply chain, we can help. Here, we’ve brought together some inspiring case studies, blogs, guides and videos to get you started. And, we can also help you personally.

Talk to our experts and find out how we can support you to develop world class supply chains fit to take on the demands of the retail, lifestyle and consumer goods industries.

Who’s Who

Working with Damco, you have instant access to some of the supply chain industry’s leading experts in retail, lifestyle and consumer goods. As your business needs grow and your supply chain develops, trust our team to help you by bringing it all together.

Christopher CookChristopher Cook

Global Head of Lifestyle Vertical

christopher.cook@damco.com

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Marijn VisserMarijn Visser

Regional Vertical Head, Lifestyle (Europe

marijn.visser@damco.com

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Steve CheungSteve Cheung

Regional Vertical Head, Lifestyle (Asia)

steve.cheung@damco.com

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Clive Turner

Regional Vertical Head, Lifestyle (Americas)

clive.turner@damco.com

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Whatever your supply chain needs, demands or opportunities, we can help you make the most of your next move.

6 WAYS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR SUPPLY CHAINS

 

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Blogs

 

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DEMURRAGE AND DETENTION

 

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E-GUIDES

 

Cutting edge insights to help you stay ahead.

 

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AIRFREIGHT NETWORK OPTIMIZATION

Airfreight gateway networks to support last mile delivery

Enhanced end-to-end supply chain management platforms that deliver optimal cost savings are part and parcel of having a strong supply chain. Platforms that additionally help decrease carbon emissions while enhancing supply chain design are what make supply chains excel.

WAL-MART CENTROAMÉRICA – MULTI-COUNTRY DESTINATION CROSS-DOCK

Control tower model leads to efficiency gains and reductions in lead times

Recent years have seen Wal-Mart’s operations in Central America grow rapidly. This led to some challenges in optimizing the supply chain to meet increasing demand. With cargo sourced from Asia, we put in place a cross-dock DC to prevent certain cargo from inadvertently entering destination bonded warehouses for re-export. The solution resulted in a major decrease in re-export costs and considerable savings for the company.

SOLUTIONS FOR AIRFREIGHT NEEDS

Damco airfreight solutions – delivering reliability, priority and flexibility

Transporting high-quality jewelry and wholesale products by airfreight comes with its own unique challenges and needs. When the transport route is between Northern China and North America gateways, a special kind of solutions is required to make sure these goods reach their destinations. That’s why this particular customer turned to us for expert advice.

HOW TO MAKE 6-FIGURE SAVINGS IN RETAIL

Damco’s Supply Chain Health Check ™ helps US retailer boost efficiency and reduce excess inventory

If you are looking to make savings in your retail operations, a good place to start is with careful analysis of the import supply chain. In the case of one large-scale US retailer, we looked specifically at the non-store delivery business and identified potential 6-figure cost savings by applying the Supply Chain Healthcheck ™ to map their supply chain network.

STATE-OF-THE-ART WAREHOUSING FOR CONSUMER GOODS

Cutting-edge warehouse and distribution solution creates single-point-of-entry visibility

Damco has worked with companies all over the world to help them meet their strategic goals. When a leading hygiene and personal care producer came to us for advice on managing state-of-the-art finished goods handling and distribution management, we put in place a solution that improved visibility, increased management efficiencies and is now contributing to higher revenue growth.

MAKING SAVINGS AND CARBON REDUCTIONS IN THE SNACK-FOOD SPACE

Trying to make savings in the supply chain while reducing carbon emissions comes with several challenges.

By re-designing supply chain networks, optimizing warehouse and utilizing empty reefers, this can be achieved. The solution we put in place for a leading snack food manufacturer not only reduced costs, but helped increase visibility and contribute to a sustainable supply chain.

6 ways to lower your logistics costs

 

Reducing logistics cost is often seen as key priority for many business. There are many ways to reduce costs and interestingly, some businesses can opt for simpler methods to lower their supply chain costs that also enable them to pick the proverbial low-hanging fruit. Here, we outline six easy yet highly effective measures to help you do just that without compromising on the speed or quality.

 

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Offshoring e-commerce fulfilment

Retailers can reap benefits by re-thinking their supply chains and moving order-related fulfilment activities to origin.

 

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Fast fashion meets time-to-market

Applying excellence and experienced partners to logistics strategy and execution can help meet fast fashion demands.

 

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Panama hub brings 3PL to Latin America

In Latin America, demand for electronics and lifestyle products from Asia is growing. So where’s the best place to base your DC?

 

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From factory to retail: Integrated solutions best practice

Read how Damco and Wolverine worldwide joined efforts in implementing solutions to integrate newly acquired brands and weather market developments.

 

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Asia

Moving your goods to and from Asia, growing your business in the region or simply tapping into and exploring potential opportunities, you can rely on Damco to help you every step of the way.

4 WAYS TO TAKE YOUR SUPPLY CHAINS FURTHER

 

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E-commerce explained

 

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Dynamic flow control

 

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E-GUIDES

Get the inside track on what’s moving the market.

 

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BLOGS

 

The view from the experts.

 

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EXPORT DISTRIBUTION CENTER EXCELLENCE

Distribution centers expertise to add value to your business

Reducing costs and securing the best prices are key to running a good supply chain. But how do you do that while still adding value? Our expertise in export distribution centers can help you do just that.

SUPPLY CHAIN INNOVATION

How visibility and the right mix, improve on-time performance and flow of goods

When you are one of the world’s largest retailers, ensuring that your goods arrive on time, in time is essential. It is the basis of your business and can save both time and money. Let our experts show you how.

The challenges and opportunities in sourcing from Vietnam

 

Vietnam has gradually become one of the preferred countries of origin for manufactured goods. It is an attractive location, with a strong workforce, good resources and governance. But there are challenges, particularly with logistics. Find out how with Damco’s expertise, you can overcome the challenges and capture new opportunities for your business.

 

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Lifestyle industry trends in raw material sourcing

 

The lifestyle sector is becoming increasingly global and complex. At Damco, we help navigate these complexities by supporting you in analyzing the trends, challenges and opportunities related to raw material sourcing. You can rely on our expertise to optimize your sourcing, and help make your supply chains both efficient and reliable as your business grows.

 

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Growing your business in Asia or exploring potential opportunities, you can rely on Damco to help you every step of the way.

Damco block train solution

First block train completes 10,000km journey from China to France saving 20 days of transport time.

 

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Delivering consumer digital technology

High-value/volume electronics present a significant logistics challenge. We help find the right solutions for efficient OTIF delivery.

 

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Discover the hidden potential of FTAs

Low or zero import duties for FTA countries often go untapped. Here’s how to find the savings opportunities.

 

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Adapting to retail industry change

The retail industry is becoming increasingly complex. Read how this is shaping the industry’s direction.

 

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Europe

Things may be changing in Europe and the EU in terms of trade, but in the meantime, business to and from the regions keeps moving and even booming. From fresh fruit to consumer packaging, and from stock-to-serve to end-to-end solutions, we are constantly looking for new, innovative and tailored solutions to your supply-chain needs

4 PRACTICAL INSIGHTS FROM THE REGION

 

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SUPPLY CHAIN ORCHESTRATOR

 

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E-GUIDES

 

Find out what Brexit and speed to market could mean for your business.

 

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SHOP DIRECT: STOCK TO SERVE BRINGS INVENTORY SAVINGS

Supply chain analysis shows how to move from excess inventory to £5.8 million in potential savings

Reducing working capital is no mean feat for retail organizations. Our stock to serve analysis is one way in which this can be achieved because it identifies areas affecting stock levels thereby reducing stock obsolescence and improving working capital.

OPTIMIZED SUPPLY CHAINS FOR CONSUMER GOODS PACKAGING

Control tower model leads to efficiency gains and reductions in lead times

For companies facing high costs, spiraling turnover ratios and lack of supply chain visibility, finding the right combination of solutions to provide them with full control over their supply chains is essential. Control tower models do just that and as this case study shows, can lead to immediate efficiency gains and reduced lead times.

SUPPLY CHAIN VISIBILITY FOR FRESH PRODUCE

Control Tower Solutions for end-to-end visibility.

Visibility, forecasting ability and systems connectivity are just a few of the things that can make a positive impact on your supply chain. Our solutions provide this and can generate savings in the process.

IMPROVING VISIBILITY FOR CONSUMER GOODS GIANTS

Global ocean control towers for end-to-end supply chain visibility

For consumer goods companies using multiple carriers and routes, visibility is a must. When excess inventory, out-of-stock and lack of data are added to the mix, these companies need reliable solutions that give insights into all their shipments and vendors wherever they are located. Read how the ocean control tower solution we developed for a major consumer goods company helped them track carrier KPIs, coordinate origin export and destination import, and visibility on demurrage and detention and really excel.

Speed to market, success for fashion

 

Improving speed to market is a major priority for most leading retail and fashion companies. Discover how to take control of your supply chain and what it takes to be the first in the market.

 

 

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Brexit and your supply chain

 

The departure of United Kingdom from the European Union has caused a lot of uncertainty in the supply chain industry. Reviewing and proactively planning your supply chain can help mitigate post-Brexit risks and identify opportunities to maximize your gains.

 

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We are constantly looking for new, innovative and tailored solutions to your supply-chain needs.

Know you supply chain carbon footprint

All supply chains emit CO2. Companies are now working to reduce this through sustainability programs.

 

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Formulas to help retailers sell “uniqueness” with a margin

It’s a challenge for retailers to survive in mass markets. Niche marketing offers helpful strategies to win.

 

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6 Reasons to choose Global LCL solutions

Demand for fast, reasonably priced products is challenging retailers to make optimal sourcing and logistic decisions. Global LCL solutions can help.

 

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Doubling warehouse capacity to meet growing demands

Damco’s expanded 30,000m2 warehouse facility serves lifestyle, retail and technology customers across Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

 

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India, Middle East and Africa (IMEA)

From Bangladesh to India to Kenya, interest in the IMEA region continues to grow as businesses discover new sourcing, transport and optimization opportunities. Find out what’s happening and how to stay ahead in this vibrant, fast-moving region.

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E-GUIDES

Find out more about sourcing from and optimizing your supply chain in India.

 

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BLOGS

 

Views from the experts

 

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4 PRACTICAL INSIGHTS FROM THE REGION

 

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RIVER BARGE SOLUTIONS THROUGH BANGLADESH

Cargo security and visibility from A to Z.

With 90% of all cargo movement passing along the Dhaka-Chittagong Road, security, visibility and sustainability become key concerns for businesses. River barges are just one of many possibilities that can help you address these concerns while also reducing CO2 emissions and the effects of disruption.

ELIMINATING SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES IN KENYA

Improving stock availability and local distribution with Damco expertise.

For some companies, working with multiple distributors is essential. But it can come with certain drawbacks in terms of cash-flow and visibility. Find out how we’ve helped reduce these and other issues for one motorcycle manufacturer in Kenya.

TRUCKING AND RAIL SOLUTIONS THROUGH INDIA

Ways to improve visibility, reliability and PO cycle lead time.

When performance timelines are local transporter delays and low visibility, you need practical solutions to keep your business on track. Our approach can do just that and deliver improvements to on-time ratios.

OPTIMIZE SHIPMENTS WITH CONTAINER MIX AND UTILIZATION

Expert advice and analysis provided multiple improvements for apparel business

We identified that a leading footwear and apparel brand producing in excess of 500 million products a year was under-utilizing their containers and that their container mix and split were far from optimum. Our proactive approach and solutions for addressing the situation led to a 13% increase in operational efficiency and savings across the company.

Goods and services tax (GST) reform in India

 

Gain insights into the impact of Goods and Services Tax (GST) reform in India and identify opportunities for optimizing your supply chains.

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India – a sourcing region on the rise

 

What makes India an attractive sourcing location for international companies? Find out which factors are instrumental in making the country a potential sourcing region.

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Find out what’s happening and how to stay ahead in this vibrant, fast-moving region.

Integrating omni-channel supply chains

As some retailers struggle to make their omni-channel business profitable, we outline the factors that can turn struggle into success.

 

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Reliable retail and apparel sourcing in India

With India becoming a key center for sourcing retail and apparel products, speed and agility are essential components for market success.

 

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Retail expansion into Africa and the Middle East

Read how one retailer used a tailored sourcing infrastructure to expand their business from the Middle East to the Commonwealth of Independent States and beyond.

 

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Reputable Nigerian 3PLs making an impact

Continued development of 3PL services in Nigeria means that international companies can soon tap into business opportunities in this emerging market.

 

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Contact

Damco is at the forefront of developing innovative supply chain solutions. Our vision is to connect and simplify supply chains across the globe. We are experts in the field of complex, rapidly changing markets such as fashion, retail, chemical, FMCG and technology. With a presence in over 100 countries, where we employ more than 11,000 people worldwide, we combine global reach with depth of local understanding. In 2016 we reached a turnover of 2.5 billion US dollars, managed 659 thousand TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of ocean freight and 190 thousand tons of air freight. We are proud to be a part of A.P. Moller – Maersk.

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