13 Steps to a Successful WMS Selection

| Brian Barry

Warehouse management systems (WMS) have become more affordable even for small-to-medium-sized ecommerce businesses thanks to the growth in subscription, cloud and Software as a Service (SaaS) models. But you need to apply a rigorous methodology to select the right system. Here are 13 steps that will help you select the best WMS to meet your current and future ecommerce fulfillment needs.

Getting Out from Under All Those Ecommerce Returns

| Eric Moriarty

While shoppers love free ecommmerce returns, they can be a logistical and financial nightmare for retailers, forcing them to rethink processes to offset pre- and post-return losses. This is causing more companies to seek technology solutions for reverse logistics as well as auction marketplaces for disposition of goods.

3 Powerful Ways to Fuel Father’s Day Sales

| John Roswech

Father’s Day can give your sales numbers a big bump, as long as you plan for the best ways to reach shoppers in the final weeks before the big day. With a few strategic moves, you’ll master the course from first search to the final moment of purchase. Here are some effective tools that increase customers’ visibility throughout their journey, thereby maximizing your opportunities.

6 Tips for Strategic Retail Business Growth

| Helen Cartwright

When starting out, new entrepreneurs have a lot of goals with the main ones being gaining recognition for their venture and rapid growth. Overnight success, however, is not the standard; you have to do it the old-fashioned way. Here are six tips that will ensure success in your retail business.

UPS Intra-Year Pricing Changes Deciphered

| Keith Myers

UPS has made a number of intra-year rate and fee changes, including increasing the over-max charge for packages weighing more than 150 lbs. from $500 to $650. Here is a breakdown of all the changes and what they mean for you as a shipper.

6 Steps Toward Making Inventory Management More Strategic

| Brian Barry

Retailers and ecommerce companies have spent considerable sums on inventory management, filling customer orders from multiple shipping points. Your company can benefit by adopting a strategic approach to optimizing inventory that will help maximize sales and profits and improve customer service.

5 Pitfalls of Dropshipping and How to Avoid Them

| Sina Djafari

While dropshipping ties up fewer resources in inventory and warehouses and seems a no-brainer, it can also put brand image and customer experience at risk. An online retailer and dropshipping advocate turned logistics expert details the challenges retailers face and how to overcome them.

11 Key Indicators to Help Keep 3PL Service High

| Brian Barry

When problems with your 3PL partner are severe, the first course of action is to resolve the issues before deciding to leave. Watch these 11 key indicators to ensure your 3PL is performing up to the level expected in your agreement with them.