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Overcoming Order Fulfillment Burden with Warehouse Execution Systems  Jun 14, 2016 11:46 AM By Dave Williams

While there are many order fulfillment tools available, ranging from manual, to automated, to a mix of both, warehouse execution systems are emerging as the solution of choice for many leading manufacturing and distribution companies. Here’s a look at how a WES can address your order fulfillment challenges.

Staples Adds Same-Day Delivery in 8 Markets  Jun 14, 2016 11:39 AM By Mike O'Brien

Staples is jumping into same-day delivery rolling out the service for $14.99 an order in eight markets. It will eventually include B2B customers as well. See what this means in terms of Staples competition with Amazon and others in the wake of its derailed merger with Office Depot.

Ron Jon, Purdys Chocolatier, to Launch New Ecommerce Sites  Jun 09, 2016 7:04 AM By Tim Parry

Aptos announced at IRCE 2016 that Ron Jon Surf Shop and Purdys Chocolatier will launch new ecommerce sites with order management systems through its platforms. Here’s a look at the unique needs of the two very different merchants, and why Aptos was able to provide both with solutions that best fit their customers’ needs.

Walmart Testing Drones for DC Inventory Management  Jun 06, 2016 1:18 PM By Mike O'Brien

Walmart has begun testing drones in its distribution centers for scanning inventory, completing in an hour what it would take two associates a month to do. This seems a more practical and easier to achieve use of the technology than home delivery, and will aid the company in its ecommerce fulfillment battle with Amazon.

Consumers Abandoning Shopping Carts Due to Slow Delivery Times  Jun 06, 2016 12:19 PM By MCM Staff

A study from same-day delivery provider Dropoff found that 60% of consumers have decided not to purchase from a retailer due to slow delivery times. See what else the study uncovered about ever-increasing customer expectations on shipping times.

Amazon Doesn’t Need to Own Ecommerce Delivery  Jun 03, 2016 11:05 AM By Mike O'Brien

Amazon doesn’t need to take over the last mile of ecommerce delivery, but it does need to reduce its massive shipping cost burden in order to maintain its recent run of profitability, which is the logic behind its recent logistics moves.

Target Shutting Down Curbside Pickup Trial  Jun 02, 2016 5:28 PM By Mike O'Brien

After a 22-month trial, Target later this month will shut down a pilot program with Curbside that allows shoppers to grab their purchases in front of the store. The retailer said it wanted to devote more efforts and resources to its core omnichannel offerings like the Cartwheel app, in-store pickup and ship from store.

Here Come Increased Online Shipping Costs of Patio Furniture  Jun 01, 2016 3:12 PM By Gary Colangelo

As increased shipping costs for bulky items mount, does this spell the end of the line for ordering big-ticket items online? Certainly not, and here are some options that shippers can consider to address the issue.

13 Questions to Consider When Weighing a New Distribution Center  Jun 01, 2016 11:17 AM By Curt Barry

To do battle with Amazon, many DTC companies are looking to expand their distribution center network. But how do you weight the variables in terms of location, facility costs, inventory, transportation and shipping time, local labor and more? Here are 13 key points to consider in your decision process.

Omnichannel Sales Growing, But Profitability Still Uncertain  May 31, 2016 2:50 PM By Mike O'Brien

While retailers say they’re growing their omnichannel sales, it’s unclear how profitable they are, according to a new report from Retail Systems Research. Greater inventory visibility, including use of RFID, as well as better syncing of demand origination with inventory allocation, will help drag omnichannel into the black, the report’s author states.






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