27 October 2014

Retailers that have been keeping inventories lean so as to avoid being stuck with unsold goods have at the same time squeezed out any buffer time to react to supply chain disruptions such as those currently underway at the Port of Los Angeles, Frank Layo, a partner in Kurt Salmon's Retail and Consumer Good Practice, told Bloomberg. And with the all-important holiday season just around the corner, he added, “There’s a bad timing element to this, where if it breaks down over the next couple of weeks it’s going to put retailers at risk."

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