Which Cross-Border Shipping Choice is Right for your Business?

| Tim Parry

Your cross-border shipping definitely matters, and customer expectations with respect to shipping and delivery continue to increase around the globe. So what’s the best way to sell and ship cross-border? It all depends on your business needs, but here’s how to make that decision.

Omnichannel Sales Growing, But Profitability Still Uncertain

| Mike O'Brien

While retailers say they’re growing their omnichannel sales, it’s unclear how profitable they are, according to a new report from Retail Systems Research. Greater inventory visibility, including use of RFID, as well as better syncing of demand origination with inventory allocation, will help drag omnichannel into the black, the report’s author states.

What to Look For in Selecting the Right 3PL Partner

| Jake Rheude

Hiring a third-party logistics provider (3PL) has become a popular option for ecommerce companies in recent years. But because finding the right one is so vital to the success of your ecommerce business, how should you go about evaluating the right options? Here are a few do’s and don’ts of the 3PL selection process.

Build or Buy Best of Breed Software – What’s Right for You?

| Curt Barry

At the recent Operations Summit 2016, a panel on warehouse software strategy was effective because each participant articulated a radically different approaches to order management and warehouse management functionality. Learn about each one and why it clicked for the organization.

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Need for Delivery Speed Driving Ecommerce Distribution Investments

| MCM Staff

The need for speed in ecommerce distribution, driven largely by Amazon Prime’s two-day promise, is behind increased investments in distribution center technology as well as a trend toward more smaller, forward-based facilities closer to the customer, according to a new report. Find out what other topline results came from the survey of 1,400 IT and warehouse professionals around the globe.

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Use of a 3PL A Small But Growing Option for Merchant Shippers

| Mike O'Brien

While there are many clear advantages to using a third-party fulfillment (3PL) partner for outsourcing some or all of your operations, the majority of merchant companies still opt for keeping these functions in house and firmly within their control. According to respondents to the MCM Outlook Survey, 26.5% of respondents said they use a 3PL in 2016, up from 21.2% in 2015, while the rest said they handle fulfillment internally. Of those who said no, only 2.9% said they are considering use of a 3PL, down from 6.2% in 2015.

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eBay Enterprise and Innotrac Rebrand as Radial

| Tim Parry

eBay Enterprise is now Radial, the largest commerce technology and operations provider, with a valuation at more than $1B. Here’s how Radial solves retailers’ struggles with creating omnichannel experiences.