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Op-Ed: Is 2016 the Year of Retailers’ Big Squeeze on Suppliers?

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Will 2016 be remembered as the year that retailers put the big squeeze on suppliers over margins, delivery deadlines and a host of other issues?

So far this year, the answer is a resounding “yes.”

And it’s putting renewed pressure on brands and manufacturers to gain further control of their supply chains.

As Reuters reported recently, Target is asking some of its suppliers to take on up to an extra 3-5 percent of the cost of promotions and price cuts to account for this year’s slow sales. The move was reportedly done to minimize the hit those markdowns had on profit in an already tough year where consumers were watching their dollars.

Read more at Sourcing Journal.

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