October 2, 2015

Week in Review: Staples Won’t Open Doors on Thanksgiving Day

[caption id="attachment_73492" align="alignright" width="300"] Thanksgiving Day turkeys line up outside an undisclosed Staples store, seeking amnesty…[/caption]

And the first Christmas shoe of the 2015 holiday season has dropped… Staples has announced will not be open on Thanksgiving Day.


In Ecommerce, Executive

Ecommerce, ecommerce packaging, sustainable packaging, sustainability, eco-friendly packaging, operations and fulfillment

September 28, 2015

Three Ways to Design and Implement Sustainable Packaging

While brands have many choices when it comes to fulfillment and distribution, forgoing sustainable packaging is no longer one of them. Green packaging may feel like an add-on best reserved for the trendiest retailers, but this is not necessarily the …


In Blog, Operations & Fulfillment


September 25, 2015

Week in Review: You Down With EMV (Yeah You Know Me)

The deadline for U.S. merchants to be on board with Europay, Mastercard, Visa (EMV) technology is less than a week away. If merchants do not upgrade their point-of-sale terminals to EMV-compliant machines, they’ll be held responsible for fraudulent …


In Ecommerce, Executive

3PL, third-party logistics, warehouse/distribution center, distribution center, ecommerce operations, operations and fulfillment, ecommerce fulfillment

September 22, 2015

Do You Have the Chops to be a Top 3PL? Tell Us Why!

The editorial team at Multichannel Merchant is developing a valuable new service for our readers: a list of the top third-party logistics (3PL) providers in ecommerce and direct-to-consumer operations.

And we’re looking for a few good 3PLs to help …


In Fulfillment, Inventory

Warehouse, distribution center, retail operations management, ecommerce

September 21, 2015

6 Steps for Improving Your Retail Operations Management Analysis

Management analysis, when done right, should be a boon for your business, not a boondoggle.

Recently I spent time with a client evaluating their sales and EBITDA growth. Sales have been increasing 20% annually over the last four years; EBITDA is …


In Blog, Inventory


September 18, 2015

Week in Review: Ho Ho Ho, the Holiday Season is Here!

Put down your pumpkin spice lattes, etailers… the 2015 Holiday Season is here!

Well, at least it’s here for those in the retail industry. How can we tell? Because consumers are all riled up when they see Christmas displays in stores (…


In Ecommerce, Executive

Ecommerce fulfillment, distribution center, Monoprice, Amazon, Dollar General, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, QVC, Primark

September 17, 2015

O+F Advisor Distribution Center Roundup, Sept. 17, 2015

Here is a listing of recently announced expansions, additions and closures in retail distribution and fulfillment centers:

Tuxedo and men’s clothing rental company Generation Tux will open a distribution and customer service facility in Jeffersontown, KY, outside Louisville.

Consumer …


In News, Operations & Fulfillment


September 16, 2015

The Keys to a Successful Drop Shipping Program

In the face of relentless pressure from Amazon and a highly competitive environment overall, retailers are continually seeking ways to cut costs, gain efficiencies and meet rising consumer expectations. One of the main tools in this arsenal is drop shipping, …


In Drop Shipping, executive summary

global ecommerce, Forrester Research, mobile commerce, ecommerce, Growing Global 2015, omnichannel, omnichannel retail, online marketplaces

September 10, 2015

Is an E-marketplace Consistent with your Cross-Border Brand Strategy?

Amazon, Tmall, Rakuten, Mercado Libre. The allure of these ecommerce marketplaces, and their promise to put your product in front of a cross-border audience of millions, can be hard to resist—and rightly so. There are many compelling reasons to …


In Blog, Global

Walmart, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, ecommerce, retail, retail supply chain, supply chain costs

June 25, 2015

Walmart Asking Suppliers for Inventory, Warehouse Fees

Walmart has begun asking most of its suppliers for fees to cover the costs of carrying inventory and use of its warehouses and distribution centers, in an effort to cover those costs and apply the fees more uniformly.

The fees …


In Fulfillment, Inventory

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