How Barcode Use Can Help Reduce Warehouse Costs

| Curt Barry

While barcodes have been in use for many years in shipping and manifesting systems, many warehouses still don’t fully use this technology. That’s a shame, because barcodes help you reduce costs and increase control of your operation.

Flexe Offers Shippers Marketplace of Fulfillment Nodes

| Mike O'Brien

Looking to meet the needs of ecommerce shippers facing a shortage of warehouse space – as well as those who need excess capacity at specific times but aren’t interested in fixed asset investments – Flexe has been building out its network of partner-based fulfillment locations.

Unified Commerce Answers When Omnichannel Fails

| Michael Griffiths

Unified commerce, unlike omnichannel, provides retailers with global reach in any market; a single version of the truth for scenarios like sourcing and returns; and control over hidden costs like shipping enablement that have crippled margins and ceded far too much ground to the likes of Amazon. See how unified commerce delivers on the promise of omnichannel.

Operations Summit 2017 Once Again a Jam-Packed Affair

| Mike O'Brien

Next week the team at Multichannel Merchant is eager to join 800+ professionals from across the spectrum of direct-to-customer and ecommerce operations and fulfillment at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA for our fifth annual event. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Amazon Using Logistics for FBA Orders, Pushing Ahead on Drones

| Mike O'Brien

An Amazon executive said the company at this point is just using its recent investments in logistics and transportation to handle internal capacity, including servicing sellers using its Fulfilled by Amazon (FBA) program where it handles third-party orders. See what else he said about the company’s logistics focus, as well as the status of its drone delivery program.

Dealing with Digital Disruption in Ecommerce Operations

| Mike O'Brien

Jim Tompkins, founder and CEO of Tompkins International, talks about the need to go beyond continuous improvement to total reinvention in order to address continual digital disruption. This will be the theme of Jim’s breakfast keynote address at Operations Summit 2017 on Tuesday, March 28 in Pittsburgh. Come gain insights from his experience working with major corporations on their supply chain strategy and execution.

How to Finally Tame the Ecommerce Fulfillment Beast

| Jesse Kaufman

Just as the lion tamer must teach huge, hot-tempered animals to respond to commands without becoming their lunch, so must ecommerce fulfillment must get customers’ goods delivered on time and intact — all while preventing costs from skyrocketing. Here are some tips to help you get there.

9 Mistakes to Avoid in Your ERP or OMS Selection

| Curt Barry

Studies show that more than 50% of all ERP and OMS systems are not installed on time and within budget. A significant number of companies spend 8 to 12 months after go live adapting to the new system. What are some of the mistakes that lead to poor ERP or OMS implementations? Here are 9 mistakes to avoid in order to increase your chances of success.

UPS Tests Drone Delivery in Florida

| Mike O'Brien

UPS recently conducted a successful drone delivery test to a home in a rural area outside Tampa, FL, launching it from the top of a delivery truck. The drone was from electric truck and drone developer Workhorse Group. See what other drone projects UPS has in the works, how it is working with the FAA and how it sees the future of drone delivery.

3 Key Retail Supply Chain Trends to Watch in 2017

| Jett McCandless

Retail supply chains are being upended by dynamic changes in the marketplace and among consumers. Here are 3 key trends to watch for in supply chains for 2017 that will continue to heavily impact freight transportation and logistics in retail and ecommerce.