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Have you ever received an online order in multiple packages and delivered days or even weeks apart? Raghav Sibal, Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand at Manhattan Associates tells us the root cause and why it’s a havoc for retail supply chains.

Retail supply chains are under greater pressure than ever before due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. As both retailers and consumers grapple with these issues, new research has highlighted that Australian retail delivery methods are the main reason for delays and of course, customer dissatisfaction. 

Where are the pressure points?

In today’s world, consumers expect their products at lightning speed. To keep up with consumer demand, retailers are trying to get the goods out to customers as quickly as possible. 

But unfortunately, in doing so, retailers haven’t made the investments in their technology and supply chains to master this process efficiently and effectively. 

Raghav Sibal, Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand at Manhattan Associates joined Ticker and told viewers that a major source of customer dissatisfaction and delays in receiving goods is due to multiple shipments for single orders. 

“So if a customer ordered five items in one single shop, it may be coming in two or three different packages to them,” he says.

In fact, new research by Manhattan Associates found 76% of Australian shoppers indicate that they have experienced unusual delays in receiving goods they ordered online in the last three months. Raghav says this is causing friction with the customer, many of whom would prefer options to receive their goods in one delivery.

Is split shipments really a problem if it means getting your goods faster?

Well, considering retailers are under the pump trying to meet customer demands, it is understandable that brands want to get their goods to customers as fast as possible.

Stepping into the consumers shoes – receiving multiple parcels under one online order is actually considered more annoying. Raghav says this method is causing immense frustration.

“Surprisingly, over 66% of customers in Australia have received multiple shipments for a single order. They feel like maybe the order that they placed didn’t go through correctly to the retailer. So they frantically start calling the retailer,” he says.

Customers may be waiting weeks between parcels that are under one order. Raghav says this impacts the hip pocket for retailers, who have to fork out the cash for extra resources across their operations.

“It’s not just about customer dissatisfaction or the impact that it’s having on the retailer’s brand, but also real financial impact. There’s more handling going on in the warehouses, more shipping costs, more packaging, and there’s a whole bunch of waste when retailers are already under pressure,” he says.

“From a financial standpoint, this all adds up and it’s having a significant impact.”

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So how does the process of multiple shipments affect retailers?

According to Manhattan’s research, over 70% of customers say that if they can’t find a retailer who’s reliable in the delivery methods, or in communicating about a shipment arrival time, they’re not going to be very keen to continue to do business with them. 

“This is greatly impacting brand loyalty and also keeping customers really engaged with that retail,” Raghav told tickerNEWS.

“Are retailers making the right investments in the technology that they’re using or not?”

In a disrupted operating environment, retailers must improve their communication with customers.

Sibal draws on an interesting finding from Manhattan’s survey that suggests only about 50% of customers are getting notified about the delay of a shipment or the fact that it’s come in multiple packages. 

Raghav says “that’s not good enough”. Adding, “we’re finding that about 65% or higher, feel like they would rather wait for the goods to arrive as long as they come together.”

What’s the solution to better manage these issues?

Raghav says it all comes down to how the overall ecommerce fulfilment is working for a retailer.

He says the first thing the retailer should do is look at how they are contemplating or considering the stock levels across the network.

“We talk about the network of an omni channel retailer, it could be the DCs, it could be their stores, it could be ports that are still in transit on transport,” Sibal says.

He adds that once retailers have the visibility and understanding of where the stock is, retailers need to be routing the orders and allocating goods in product from the appropriate fulfilment point – whether it’s a DC or a store.

Raghav emphasises that operational visibility and forward planning remain fundamental to ensuring a retail brand has stock available for purchase. 

“It’s okay to fulfil an order from one location, which may take a bit longer to fulfil, but you’re sending the package to the customer all at once and in one package,

“So it comes down to visibility across the network, making sure the orders are being sent to the right location for fulfilment. And that all comes through the right investment in an order management system.”

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‘Sorry’ – Optus hacker releases statement changing demands

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Australian telecommunications company Optus has been the victim of a hack, with the hacker now backflipping on releasing 10,000 customer records.

The hacker initially demanded one million dollars, or else a tranche of 10,000 records will be released every day over the coming four days.

But within hours the decision was changed.

“Sorry too 10,200 Australian whos data was leaked. Australia will see no gain in fraud, this can be monitored. Maybe for 10,200 Australian but rest of population no. Very sorry to you. Deepest apology to Optus for this. Hope all goes well from this,” the alleged Optus hacker posted to a forum.

The records that have been released so far include names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth, and gender.

Optus is urging customers to change their passwords and is working with law enforcement to investigate the incident.

A total of 9.8m current and former customers have been impacted by the breach, which the government says is a major corporate failure.

Optus is working with law enforcement and has advised affected customers to change their passwords and online security questions.

This is a developing story and more information will be released as it becomes available.

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Apple’s big shift away from China

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Apple’s big shift away from China will see the iPhone 14 manufactured in India

APPLE’S BIG SHIFT – In a move that is sure to please Indian officials, Apple has begun manufacturing the iPhone 14 in India.

“The new iPhone 14 lineup introduces groundbreaking new technologies and important safety capabilities. We’re excited to be manufacturing iPhone 14 in India,” the company said in a statement.

It marks a big shift in Apple’s manufacturing strategy, with most of its products produced in China up until now.

Apple’s decision to move some of its production to India is likely due to the ongoing trade tensions between the U.S. and China.

For years, Apple has relied on Chinese factories to assemble its products. But current tensions have made it difficult for Apple to source parts from the nation.

Experts say India is an attractive option for Apple because it has a large population of potential customers. Their labour laws are also more relaxed than those in China.

In saying this, wage growth in India is outpacing that of China. This could eat into Apple’s profits.

India is the world’s second-largest smartphone market and Apple currently has just a 3.8 per cent market share. Low cost competitors including Samsung and Xiaomi are continuing to reign supreme.

In research by JPMorgan, experts suggest Apple to move 5 per cent of its iPhone 14 production from late 2022 to India. From 2025, the tech company is expected to produce one in four of its devices, including iPads and watches, outside China.

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The best airlines to fly ECONOMY in 2023

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There’s always so much attention on the pointy end of the plane – business and first class. But for most, the decision of which airline to fly comes down to the most comfortable economy seat.

Here are our picks for the best airlines to fly economy in.

1. JetBlue


JetBlue is an American low-cost carrier that is headquartered in New York City. The airline was founded in 1999 and operates over 1,000 flights per day to more than 100 destinations in the United States, Caribbean, and Latin America. JetBlue is known for its low fares, friendly service, and comfortable seats.

The airline plans to increase its focus on domestic operations in 2019 with the launch of a new loyalty program and the addition of new routes from New York City and Boston.

2. Southwest Airlines


Southwest Airlines is an American low-cost carrier that is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The airline was founded in 1971 and operates over 4,000 flights per day to more than 100 destinations in the United States and 10 other countries. Southwest is known for its low fares, friendly service, and frequent flyer program.

As of 2018, JetBlue serves 101 cities in the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The airline plans to increase its focus on domestic operations in 2019 with the launch of a new loyalty program and the addition of new routes from New York City and Boston.

3. Spirit Airlines


Spirit Airlines is an American low-cost carrier that is headquartered in Miramar, Florida. The airline was founded in 1980 and operates over 600 flights per day to more than 60 destinations in the United States, Caribbean, and Latin America. Spirit is known for its ultra-low fares, fee-based services, and often controversial marketing campaigns.

In recent years, the airline has also made a push to appeal to more business travelers, with an expanded network of flights to major cities. As it looks to the future, Spirit is hoping to continue to grow its market share and become a major player in the airline industry.

4. Allegiant Air


Allegiant Air is an American low-cost carrier that is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. The airline was founded in 1997 and operates over 400 flights per day to more than 120 destinations in the United States. Allegiant is known for its low fares, focus on leisure travel, and unique business model.

In addition to its scheduled services, Allegiant Air also offers charter flights and vacation packages. The airline is known for its low fares and friendly customer service.

5. Frontier Airlines


Frontier Airlines is an American low-cost carrier that is headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The airline was founded in 1994 and operates over 1,000 flights per day to more than 90 destinations in the United States, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Frontier is known for its low fares, “unbundled” pricing structure, and animal mascot

In addition to its domestic operations, Frontier also offers flights to Mexico, Costa Rica, and Jamaica. With its growing fleet of Boeing and Airbus aircraft, Frontier is well-positioned to continue its expansion in the years ahead.

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