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Unpredictable Logistics Issues in China are Holding Retailers Back  Mar 16, 2016 11:53 AM By Lisa Henthorn

In the global shipping and logistics business, the unforeseen is the norm, and as some brands are learning the hard way. That’s especially true in China, where total online retail spending is forecast to climb above $1 trillion by 2019. Despite these issues, China holds more than enough business opportunities to offset them.

Amazon Effect Still a Major Driver in DTC, Ecommerce Operations  Mar 14, 2016 12:13 PM By Mike O'Brien

The Amazon effect is still having a major impact on DTC and ecommerce operations and fulfillment, judging by the results of the MCM Outlook Survey 2016. This impact is seen in the increasing frequency of same-day and next-day delivery offerings – and providers – as well as the growth in omnichannel operations, now seen as table stakes by many retailers. Find out more about the survey results and how they reflect industry trends.

10 Ways A 3PL Can Help Multichannel Companies Operate Profitably  Mar 08, 2016 3:06 PM By Curt Barry

Third-party logistics companies or 3PL providers can help ecommerce and direct-to-customer merchants expand internal fulfillment operations without large outlays. In the past five years some large companies have entered the market with extremely competitive services and costs.To help in the decision process, here are 10 ways that 3PLs have helped companies do just that.

Choosing the Right Order Fulfillment Automation Solution  Mar 08, 2016 2:47 PM By Mike O'Brien

For a growing number of merchant companies, automated systems have become a way to address the issues of increasing throughput and order accuracy while decreasing returns. In addition to accuracy, often the biggest driver of automation decisions, the ability to achieve higher throughput per headcount, increasing efficiency while keeping down labor costs, is also paramount.

Managing Scalable Growth Across Your Ecommerce Operations  Mar 02, 2016 8:26 AM By Maria Haggerty

As you grow your digital offerings, you must accurately gauge when and how to expand ecommerce operations while keeping what works in view. While moving toward your 2016 goals, consider investing in the right tools and partners in order to foster growth, but never forget your brand’s beginnings.

13 Steps To Help You Plan An ERP System File Conversion  Feb 23, 2016 2:24 PM By Curt Barry

An ERP system file conversion “don’t get no respect,” as Rodney Dangerfield would say. Everyone knows they need to write programs and convert files. However, it’s not uncommon to leave off detailed discussion of which files and tables to convert, what data fields and how much data (this year’s only or how many years’ history) until the implementation. So to help, here are 13 steps to help you navigate the often tedious but critical process.

Room for Improvement: 5 Steps to Better Retail Warehouse Selection  Feb 23, 2016 1:12 PM By Fabio Duque

With hundreds of millions of square feet of public space available for your retail warehouse in North America alone, how can your company do the best possible job of differentiating between facilities? Just as important, how can it choose the retail warehouse space that will be a perfect fit? Here are some tips that can help make the selection process a great success.

9 Ways Procedures and Documentation Improve ERP System Use  Feb 11, 2016 3:09 PM By Curt Barry

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “This ERP system’s design is intuitive!” as an excuse for not writing procedures. These systems are so intuitive that management can’t seem to use them. Maybe it’s intuitive for Windows-based systems to some degree in terms of navigation and functions. Or it’s intuitive for those under 30 that have far more PC and web browser skills than mature workers.

To help alleviate these issues, here’s a checklist of 9 action steps to take that will help ensure a smooth ERP system upgrade.

Merchant Execs to Cover Trends, Best Practices at Operations Summit  Feb 11, 2016 2:12 PM By Mike O'Brien

What if you could create a dream team of top direct-to-customer and ecommerce operations executives, putting all their experience, brainpower and industry knowledge into one room to generate ideas that will help you grow your business and make it run more efficiently?

The good news is you can relax as the heavy lifting has already been done for you – at Operations Summit 2016, April 12-14

On-Premise vs. Software as a Service in the DC: Nine Factors to Consider  Jan 26, 2016 2:51 PM By Curt Barry

As you consider acquiring new systems – OMS, WMS, etc. – there are 9 factors to look at when comparing software as a service to on-premise approaches.






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