8 Ways to Get More Productivity, Quality from Your 3PL Partner

| Curt Barry

Entrusting your customer service or fulfillment to a third-party logistics (3PL) company is a big step. Like using other outside services, it’s important to manage the process to reduce errors and exceptions, providing a high level of service at an affordable cost. These 8 steps will help you get the most from your 3PL partner.

What Are Your DTC Operations Metrics Showing You?

| Curt Barry

In this ecommerce world of point, click and deliver, are you accurately monitoring DTC operations metrics to help you meet high expectations from both customers and management? Check out these fulfillment and customer service KPIs from six different direct-to-customer merchants and see how your operations stack up.

Belgian Postal Service to Acquire Radial for $820 Million

| Mike O'Brien

In a surprising move, bpost, the Belgian postal service, announced plans to acquire U.S.-based third-party logistics and ecommerce software firm Radial for $820 million, as it looks to expand its client base here with Radial’s broad omnichannel, logistics, and fulfillment capabilities.

What Are Your Inventory Management Metrics Telling You?

| Curt Barry

Among the strategies that will make you more competitive, increase sales and improve customer service, better inventory management, including planning and forecasting, should be at the top of the list. To help you get a better handle on inventory management, tracking these key performance indicators (KPIs) will help you assess your performance.

A Merchant’s Guide to Holiday Ecommerce Fulfillment Success

| Michael Griffiths

If Amazon Prime Day is any indication of what’s to be expected during this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, we’re in for another year of holiday shopping season mayhem. With the line continuing to blur between physical and digital and ecommerce, here are four steps merchants can take to prepare for holiday ecommerce success from Cyber Weekend on.

4 Steps For Reducing Pick-Error Rates

| Gary Patterson

Many options exist in the marketplace for high-tech solutions that reduce errors in the fulfillment process, including pick-to-light systems, voice-automated picking systems and even fully automated robotic picking systems. However, these solutions can be expensive and are therefore not financially justifiable for small volume or highly variable fulfillment operations. Here are four steps to reduce your pick-error rates.

Top 10 Tips on Holiday Peak Season Planning

| Mike O'Brien

In case you missed Multichannel Merchant’s virtual event, Peak Season Summit 2017: Optimizing Black Friday through Cyber Monday and Beyond – or even if you did join us but would like a quick refresher – here are our top 10 takeaway tips from the experts in merchant operations for peak season planning.