9 Due Diligence Best Practices for Warehouse Selection

| Curt Barry

In most markets, warehouse space is in short supply, especially for facilities that are 100,000 square feet and larger. As you look for facilities to lease or buy, an in-depth due diligence process is crucial to your success as new space is a major investment and a long-term commitment.

Multichannel Merchant Publishes Top 3PL List for 2018

| Mike O'Brien

The Multichannel Merchant Top 3PL listing for 2018, a directory of leading third-party logistics (3PL) providers in ecommerce and direct-to-customer operations, is now available. For the third year in a row, the editorial team at MCM has put together this valuable service for our readers.

How Your Fulfillment Operation Can Win at Subscription Commerce

| Kirk Anderson

With some pre-planning and the right software, subscription commerce can be a profitable venture, filling the needs of the approximately 5.7 million U.S. subscription box subscribers. Succeeding at subscription commerce requires a keen focus on inventory management, labor management and technology support.

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.