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Warehouse/Distribution Center ARCHIVE

Use of a 3PL A Small But Growing Option for Merchant Shippers  Apr 26, 2016 9:17 AM By Mike O'Brien

While there are many clear advantages to using a third-party fulfillment (3PL) partner for outsourcing some or all of your operations, the majority of merchant companies still opt for keeping these functions in house and firmly within their control. According to respondents to the MCM Outlook Survey, 26.5% of respondents said they use a 3PL in 2016, up from 21.2% in 2015, while the rest said they handle fulfillment internally. Of those who said no, only 2.9% said they are considering use of a 3PL, down from 6.2% in 2015.

Hot Topics Covered at Operations Summit, Growing Global 2016  Apr 25, 2016 1:59 PM By Mike O'Brien

Figuring out how to make omnichannel operations successful and profitable, dealing with Amazon’s continual disruptions, creating a consistently excellent customer experience across operational areas and growing cross-border commerce were among the hot topics at the fifth annual Operations Summit. The event was held in Cincinnati, OH, an ecommerce operations hotbed, and drew more than 800 direct-to-customer and omnichannel operations professionals and providers.

Operations Summit, Growing Global Deliver Relevant, Actionable Content  Apr 12, 2016 9:14 AM By Mike O'Brien

Everything you could possibly want to know about operations fundamentals, global ecommerce, shipping and distribution strategies, omnichannel and contact center/customer care – and then some – is being covered at 50+ information-packed workshops, keynotes and breakout sessions during Operations Summit and Growing Global 2016, April 12-14 in Cincinnati.

Choosing the Right Order Fulfillment Automation Solution  Apr 08, 2016 2:56 PM By Mike O'Brien

Ecommerce companies are seeing double-digit growth in a business that requires them to fulfill orders of low line numbers, often just a single item, compared to bulk orders for store fulfillment. To address these challenges, more companies are turning to a variety of order fulfillment automation solutions. But what level of automation is right? Find out what solutions are available, how they’re being implemented and what the future of automation looks like.

Meeting Direct-to-Customer Order Fulfillment Demands  Apr 07, 2016 5:10 PM By Adam Kline

The consumer appetite for next-day and same-day order fulfillment can stretch DCs to their limits. Find out how order streaming lets DCs adapt their processes, maximizing legacy equipment and letting them become more responsive to direct-to-customer order fulfillment demands.

Hudson’s Bay Co Will Be an Internet Distribution Technology Leader  Apr 06, 2016 11:20 AM By Tim Parry

Hudson’s Bay Co. is introducing new robotic technology to its Ontario distribution center for internet fulfillment that CEO Gerald Storch says will put the merchant at the “absolute forefront of Internet distribution technology.”

Locus Robotics Looks to Fill Market Gap Left by Kiva  Apr 04, 2016 4:53 PM By Mike O'Brien

Locus Robotics, a company spun out of third-party logistics provider Quiet Logistics, has begun production and implementation of a DC-based order fulfillment robot which it sees as a next logical step beyond Kiva. The company’s executives claim its robots can be deployed a few at a time without major facility retrofitting, and will eventually be used in stores as well as DCs.

Amazon Reportedly Plans Web Version of Prime Now  Apr 04, 2016 3:08 PM By Mike O'Brien

Next month Amazon plans to offer Prime Now via its website, significantly increase the reach of the service which until now was limited to access via its mobile app.

Operations Summit Will Help With Your Systems, Fulfillment Strategies  Apr 04, 2016 2:33 PM By Curt Barry

I go to lots of conferences, but for me the Operations Summit is the most helpful to our clients and our consulting practice because it’s dedicated exclusively to improving direct-to-customer and omnichannel operations, presenting a broad range of operations experiences and solutions. It’s not too late to join us, April 12-14 at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati.

How to Achieve Warehouse Efficiency Through Vendor Compliance  Mar 28, 2016 11:28 AM By Curt Barry

A good vendor compliance policy will help your organization improve its on-time performance and reduce the time and money spent on warehouse rework (e.g. prepackaging, correcting vendor errors, etc.), while reducing time spent on vendor disputes, claims and chargebacks. Here are some tips to help you create a vendor compliance policy that will ensure smoother working relationships while eliminating costly issues.






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