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.

Enterprise Resource Planning, ERP, order management, order management system, operations and fulfillment, retail operations

Meeting Direct-to-Customer Order Fulfillment Demands

| Adam Kline

The consumer appetite for next-day and same-day order fulfillment can stretch DCs to their limits. Find out how order streaming lets DCs adapt their processes, maximizing legacy equipment and letting them become more responsive to direct-to-customer order fulfillment demands.

Warehouse/Distribution Center, order management system, ERP, operations and fulfillment, system integration, VAR

How to Achieve Warehouse Efficiency Through Vendor Compliance

| Curt Barry

A good vendor compliance policy will help your organization improve its on-time performance and reduce the time and money spent on warehouse rework (e.g. prepackaging, correcting vendor errors, etc.), while reducing time spent on vendor disputes, claims and chargebacks. Here are some tips to help you create a vendor compliance policy that will ensure smoother working relationships while eliminating costly issues.

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Amazon Effect Still a Major Driver in DTC, Ecommerce Operations

| Mike O'Brien

The Amazon effect is still having a major impact on DTC and ecommerce operations and fulfillment, judging by the results of the MCM Outlook Survey 2016. This impact is seen in the increasing frequency of same-day and next-day delivery offerings – and providers – as well as the growth in omnichannel operations, now seen as table stakes by many retailers. Find out more about the survey results and how they reflect industry trends.

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Choosing the Right Order Fulfillment Automation Solution

| Mike O'Brien

For a growing number of merchant companies, automated systems have become a way to address the issues of increasing throughput and order accuracy while decreasing returns. In addition to accuracy, often the biggest driver of automation decisions, the ability to achieve higher throughput per headcount, increasing efficiency while keeping down labor costs, is also paramount.