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MCM OUTLOOK 2016: O+F

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Pregis Announces $17M Expansion, Name Change to Pregis Films  May 05, 2016 9:43 AM By MCM Staff

Pregis is investmenting $17 million in its Grand Rapids, MI facility, while also changing its name to Pregis Films, reflecting a 2015 acquisition.

Build or Buy Best of Breed Software – What’s Right for You?  May 04, 2016 2:29 PM By Curt Barry

At the recent Operations Summit 2016, a panel on warehouse software strategy was effective because each participant articulated a radically different approaches to order management and warehouse management functionality. Learn about each one and why it clicked for the organization.

Shopify Offers Same-Day Delivery with Postmates Option  May 04, 2016 11:09 AM By Mike O'Brien

Looking to differentiate from competitors on fulfillment speed, Shopify is offering its small-to-medium-sized merchant customers same-day delivery services – often within an hour – through an integration partnership with Postmates

Combating Ecommerce Returns with Technology  May 03, 2016 2:03 PM By Howard Rosenberg

Considering the growth in ecommerce returns, merchants need to rethink merchandise liquidation strategy. Technology and expertise is one way to address it. Here are some tips that can help you recoup more value from returned goods while keeping the focus on your core business, including the use of technology solutions.

FedEx-TNT Merger Clears Final Hurdle With Chinese Approval  May 03, 2016 10:36 AM By Mike O'Brien

A final hurdle to FedEx’s proposed $4.8 billion acquisition of Dutch carrier TNT Express NV has been cleared via an unconditional approval from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. The deal has already been blessed by authorities in the EU and Brazil, after an initial challenge last fall by the former. The deal will bring FedEx close to parity with UPS in Europe, or possibly launch it into second place behind EU market leader DHL.

3 Strategies for Reaching the Connected Consumer from the Cloud  May 02, 2016 2:47 PM By Keith McCall

There is a real need for retailers to find shipping solutions that can help evolve them and manage costs as they deploy new stores and warehouses. Here are three strategies that retailers can take to better manage their complexities.

Erik Caldwell of Hudson’s Bay Company Talks “All-Channel”  May 02, 2016 2:11 PM By Mike O'Brien

Erik Caldwell, senior vice president of logistics and supply chain for Hudson’s Bay Company, was featured in Multichannel Merchant’s April 2016 cover story talking about his role there, industry trends and the company’s acquisition of Gilt. In this excerpt from the Q&A, see what Caldwell has to say about the impact of omnichannel or “all-channel” on the retail world.

UPS Grows Income, As It Drives Economies in Ecommerce Deliveries  May 02, 2016 9:52 AM By Mike O'Brien

UPS reported 10% growth in Q1 net income, as the company touted its ability to drive efficiency in its ecommerce operations and strong B2C volume gains. See what executives said about UPS’s investment in Deliv and logistics moves by major customer Amazon.

The Top 5 Considerations in Finding an Omnichannel Fulfillment Partner  Apr 28, 2016 5:27 PM By Robert Hartley

As the volume of online sales continues to rise, companies are struggling to manage the difference in B2B and D2C operations. If you’re searching for an omnichannel fulfillment partner, here are the top 5 things to consider in finding the right one.

BJ’s Wholesale Club Adds Buy Online, Pickup in Store  Apr 26, 2016 4:37 PM By MCM Staff

Joining a growing trend, BJ’s Wholesale Club has introduced buy online, pickup in store at its 213 locations in 15 states, including the entire Eastern seaboard as well as Ohio and Pennsylvania. Non-members can try it out for a 90-day trial.






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