How to Gauge Your Inventory Management Health

| John Macomber

Every day, small and midsize businesses face inventory risks that, if left unmanaged, can negatively impact the bottom line. However, these issues can often be diagnosed well in advance with the right preparation. Asking your team the following questions can help you accurately gauge the health of your inventory management processes.

Improve Fulfillment Pick Rates with Efficient SKU Replenishment

| Brian Barry

Many fulfillment centers use a forward pick slot concept to store product and reduce picking walk time. While WMS software has greatly improved SKU replenishment functionality, those with older systems are more dependent on manual processes. For those companies, here are some tips to help you make SKU replenishment more efficient.

Amazon Looks to Swallow Grocery Whole

| Mike O'Brien

After finalizing the $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon is making major pricing and fulfillment changes as the company leverages its investment. The ecommerce giant is up to the challenges that lay ahead and will be a major disruptor to grocery, and especially grocery delivery, for years to come.

Walmart Enters Voice Ordering Fray with Google Partnership

| Mike O'Brien

Walmart is jumping with both feet into voice-directed ordering through a partnership with Google that will let customers place voice orders through the Google Home system and have them fulfilled and delivered as part of the Google Express marketplace and delivery network. See what else the deal entails, and the one major way that Walmart has it all over Amazon’s Alexa.

Do You Have the Chops to be a Top Ecommerce 3PL?

| Mike O'Brien

For the third year in a row, the editorial team at Multichannel Merchant is putting together a valuable service for our readers: The MCM Top 3PLs, a listing of leading third-party logistics (3PL) providers in ecommerce and direct-to-customer operations. How does your organization measure up? If you’re a 3PL provider, you need to be part of this exclusive resource.

Avoid Winter Warehouse Woes with Peak Holiday Season Planning

| Chris Anton

In the midst of the dog days of summer are the times to be thinking and planning for the winter holidays. With the right plan and tools in place for your warehouse, you can deliver on growing consumer demands. Here are some important factors to consider when priming your warehouse systems for peak holiday season.

Amazon Offers Instant Pickup in Five Cities

| Mike O'Brien

Not to be outdone by Target’s attention-getting news of its pending Grand Junction acquisition to bolster its same-day delivery efforts, Amazon announced a new Instant Pickup program that lets customers grab “essential” items at locker facilities in five cities in two minutes or less.

8 Things to Know About Voice Picking Technology

| Brian Barry

When it comes to applying voice technology, and in particular voice picking, there are many benefits to a warehouse operation. To help you get there, here are 8 considerations to improve your planning as you look to move up to a voice-driven system.

Peak Season Summit: A Chance to Fine-Tune Your Strategy

| Mike O'Brien

Depending on your business, peak season can make up a third or more of your yearly sales. So how well you execute in that brief period is crucial to your success. But never fear: Multichannel Merchant’s Peak Season Summit 2017, a virtual event to be held this Thursday, Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST., will be loaded with insights and best practices from merchant practitioners.