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New Guideline Seeks to Harmonize Ecommerce Fulfillment Processes  May 23, 2016 11:54 AM By MCM Staff

A new guideline focused on omnichannel and ecommerce fulfillment processes has been released by GS1 US to help the retail industry evolve toward a single fulfillment process for improved cost savings and maximized resources.

DSTLD Sees Benefits of Outsourcing Its Fulfillment Operations  May 19, 2016 5:45 PM By Mike O'Brien

Ecommerce-only luxury denim seller DSTLD has seen the benefits of outsourcing its operations, including returns, allowing it to focus on growing its brand. See how the company transitioned from operating its own facility, saving on shipping and giving its customers hassle-free returns.

Is Your ERP-Ecommerce Technology Disconnect Stunting Growth?  May 18, 2016 11:17 AM By Curt Barry

Many companies find their IT and ecommerce technology strategies are out of sync, which can stunt growth and cause operational roadblocks. It’s time to stop and assess your strategies, looking at current state and where you need to get to. Here are 6 major factors to consider as you evaluate your overall system and ecommerce technology strategy.

What to Look For in Selecting the Right 3PL Partner  May 17, 2016 5:09 PM By Jake Rheude

Hiring a third-party logistics provider (3PL) has become a popular option for ecommerce companies in recent years. But because finding the right one is so vital to the success of your ecommerce business, how should you go about evaluating the right options? Here are a few do’s and don’ts of the 3PL selection process.

Walmart to Offer Free Two-Day Shipping With Subscription Plan  May 12, 2016 3:28 PM By Mike O'Brien

Again taking square aim at Amazon Prime, Walmart plans to offer free two-day shipping as part of its $50 a year ShippingPass program. See what else the retail giant has in the works as it looks to gain ground against its online rival.

Sealed Air Partners with Box On Demand, Panotec  May 11, 2016 4:50 PM By MCM Staff

Sealed Air Corp. has partnered with Box on Demand and Panotec, providers of 3D platforms and fanfold corrugated for on-demand, right-sized box creation.

Fetch Robotics, SAP Partner on Virtual Warehouse Conveyor Solution  May 11, 2016 10:42 AM By MCM Staff

Fetch Robotics has partnered with SAP, incorporating the SAP Extended Warehouse Management application with the Fetch and Freight robots, as use of warehouse robotics continues to grow.

U.S. Postal Service Again Posts Parcel Gains, But Overall Loss  May 10, 2016 10:19 AM By Mike O'Brien

The U.S. Postal Service reported operating revenue of $17.7 billion in Q2, up $788 million or 4.7% from 2015. The increase was primarily due to an 11.4% gain in shipping and package volume and pricing changes. While the USPS keeps posting double-digit parcel gains, it continues to drown in pension-driven red ink, with a $2 billion quarterly net loss, up from $1.5 billion a year ago.

8 Steps to Improving Inventory Management and the Bottom Line  May 09, 2016 1:51 PM By Gary C. Smith

Even the most efficient multichannel merchant often struggles with managing excess inventory. Common practices such as discounting or liquidation devalue products and undermine sales. And ecommerce makes it easier for shoppers to find cut-rate products. Here are 8 steps to help you avoid the biggest inventory management mistakes and come out on top.

UPS Follows Suit With FedEx, Charges More for Large Parcels  May 06, 2016 2:49 PM By Mike O'Brien

Following on the heels of FedEx’s move earlier this year, UPS plans to update its fee structure for larger parcels, decreasing the size of items that incur an extra $10.50 handling charge. Under the new rule, packages with a long side of 48″ or more will be subject to the charge as of June 6. The previous threshold was 60″.






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