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.

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.

Nordstrom Expands Reserve Online Program

| Mike O'Brien

Following a successful pilot at six stores, Nordstrom said it was expanding its reserve online, try on in store program to 43 stores across the country as it continues its omnichannel push.

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.

Does Distribution Center Housekeeping Indicate Other Issues?

| Brian Barry

The housekeeping and organization disciplines in a well-run distribution center are just as important as managing the people, effective systems and productivity. In fact, organization and housekeeping contributes to the effectiveness of the use of space, customer service and how you handle orders.

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.

10 Ways to Respect Your Customers

| Jeanne Bliss

It’s easy to show how companies disrespect their customers. But how can your company show its respect for your customers? Here are 10 ways to show your customers some respect.