How to Develop a Plan for Moving Your Fulfillment Operations

| Curt Barry

Relocating your fulfillment operations is disruptive and can be challenging for employees even in the most organized businesses. Developing plans that all stakeholders collaborate on and buy into will help you minimize lost employee time and remain focused.

7 Ways to Improve Your WMS Testing Process

| Brian Barry

What can you do differently from a WMS testing perspective to reduce your business risk? These 7 principles will help you avoid system implementation woes by establishing a rigorous testing process. They can apply equally to any large-scale system project including ERP, OMS and ecommerce platform as well as WMS.

Early Gap Analysis Equals Software Conversion Success

| Paul Sobota

When it comes to a software conversion project, there are major unknowns if you don’t conduct a gap analysis with the selected vendor. Such analysis provides insights on proposed modifications and workarounds, estimated hours and costs, helping you avoid expensive, time-consuming overruns.

How to Analyze the Risk of Your DTC Fulfillment Projects

| Curt Barry

Risk analysis is essential for large and complex DTC fulfillment projects including the above as well as moving to or from third-party fulfillment operations. As a result, most large projects are not delivered on time or within budget. Understanding risk and the likelihood of negative outcomes will help reduce costs and improve on-time implementation.

7 Considerations for an Incentive Pay Plan in Your DTC Operations

| Brian Barry

Incentive pay is a bonus over and above hourly wage an associate can earn by meeting pre-set requirements or criteria. It can be based on productivity quality or safety. Here are 7 considerations your need to consider beforehand if an incentive pay plan is going to be successful.

Ecommerce Distribution Center Roundup

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon has been busy once again in our roundup of recent ecommerce distribution center and fulfillment center activity – including one on the site of a shuttered mall just east of Cleveland. Other companies planning to open new facilities include Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, ASOS and Tractor Supply.

Does Distribution Center Housekeeping Indicate Other Issues?

| Brian Barry

The housekeeping and organization disciplines in a well-run distribution center are just as important as managing the people, effective systems and productivity. In fact, organization and housekeeping contributes to the effectiveness of the use of space, customer service and how you handle orders.

19 Steps to More Efficient DTC Fulfillment Operations

| Brian Barry

Vince Lombardi, the Green Bay Packers’ legendary coach, excelled at winning football games because his teams mastered and executed the fundamentals. When we assess multichannel fulfillment operations, we think Lombardi’s wisdom can be applied to many businesses to gain efficiency. These 19 tactics will help you improve your operational blocking and tackling.

Former Kiva Executives Launch 6 River Systems

| Mike O'Brien

Joining an ever-more-crowded group of robotics providers for ecommerce fulfillment, two former executives of Kiva Systems have built what they believe is a better mousetrap, via 6 River Systems and its Chuck autonomous robot. See what its capabilities are, and how a 6 River co-founder views the future of robotic fulfillment.

15 Ways to Improve Warehouse Space Utilization

| Brian Barry

During evaluation of multichannel warehouse operations, efficiency typically drops from a movement and storage perspective when between 80% and 85% of available space is being used. With new warehouse locations at a premium and costs rising, here are 15 ways you can improve warehouse space utilization in your existing facility.