9 Benefits to a Software as a Service WMS

| Brian Barry

Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud-based computing has made Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) affordable for many small- and medium-sized companies. Here are 9 benefits to installing SaaS vs. on-premise based applications, and 4 downside risks to watch out for.

Amazon Charging Excess Inventory Fees to Address Storage Issues

| Mike O'Brien

In an effort to address overcapacity issues in its dozens of fulfillment centers, Amazon has instituted new charges that will penalize third-party sellers – who make up more than half of its sales – for having slow-moving inventory. See what these changes mean and what else Amazon is doing to deal with inventory overflow.

Identifying the Right Market for Your Ecommerce Fulfillment Center

| Brian Barry

Identifying the right labor market for a new ecommerce fulfillment center is a major, expensive undertaking, and your success depends on performing a three-pronged analysis. Follow this outline of the data and process steps involved to help you identify the right labor market for your new facility.

More Than One-Third of Warehouses Not Using WMS

| Mike O'Brien

Despite its many advantages, WMS software is not in use at nearly 35% of distribution and fulfillment center operations, according to a survey by the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). See what other technology preferences and investment plans were cited by operations professionals.

8 Benefits to Accurate SKU Dimensions, Weights in Your Warehouse

| Brian Barry

Without accurate SKU dimensions and weights for each item in their warehouse, companies struggle to provide basic data for slotting, better capacity planning and if necessary, full truckload or LTL planning, paying more than is necessary in freight costs. Here are 8 steps to better SKU dimensioning in your operations.

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.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Supply Chain Moves Include Testing Lockers

| Mike O'Brien

Dick’s Sporting Goods is moving from centralized ecommerce fulfillment to regional east and west coast operations as it revamps its supply chain to speed up deliveries while also testing pickup lockers, the company’s CEO told analysts on a Q1 call. See what other changes have contributed to the company’s growth.