omnichannel, Macy's omnichannel, Macy's, Kohl's, Walmart, retail, omnichannel retail, omnichannel strategy, big box, big box retail, major retailers, Radio Shack, Radio Shack bankruptcy, Radio Shack Chapter 11, Amazon, Amazon.com, Amazon, Radio Shack

February 12, 2015




Don’t Count Out Big Retail as Focus and Investments in Omnichannel Rise

Amazon opened its first brick-and-mortar campus store at Purdue University last week. It is also reportedly in talks with retailers like Radio Shack to give it a more omnichannel presence. One online publication declared this move would be “another nail …

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In Blog, customer experience

November 23, 2011




Is Your Warehouse Ready For Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Black Friday and Cyber Monday seem to attain larger status each year as retailers prepare and warehouse and fulfillment personnel brace for the onslaught. This is the time of year warehouse and fulfillment employees wait for each year and have …

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In Catalog, Operations & Fulfillment

key performance indicators, KPIs, operations and fulfillment, warehouse/distribution Center, distribution center, direct-to-consumer, direct-to-consumer operations, performance metrics, employee productivity, employee coaching, manager training

February 5, 2015




Multiple DCs May Be Best Bet to Reduce Shipping Costs and Time to Customer

Some days I feel we’re caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Regularly as clockwork, carriers increase their charges. The competition is absorbing more of the shipping costs, if not offering “free” shipping. Customer expectations continue to …

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In Blog, Fulfillment

west coast port slowdown, West Coast ports labor issues, National Retail Federation, NRF, Retail Industry Leadership Association, RILA, retail, shipping news, operations and fulfillment, PMA, ILWU, The PORTS Act

February 5, 2015




Possible Shutdown Looms Over West Coast Ports as Two Sides Engage in Brinksmanship

While the two sides wrangle over contract language and who is causing labor slowdowns, massive amounts of cargo continues to pile up at West Coast ports, negatively impacting not only retailers but untold numbers of businesses that rely on goods …

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In cross-border, Global

October 24, 2011




How To Design Your Warehouse Locator System

Winston Churchill once said: “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” How you design your warehouse locator system, pick flow and slotting strategy will profoundly impact your productivity throughout the building’s lifetime. It drives how cost, service and …

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In Operations & Fulfillment

call center, call center management, distribution center, ecommerce, ecommerce fulfillment, inventory management, Operations and Fulfillment, retail inventory, Warehouse/Distribution Center

January 29, 2015




The 2 Cent Refund Check – What Are Operational Inefficiencies Really Costing You?

As God is my witness, this is a true story. It’s an example I challenge the reader to find in their business and eradicate.

My car insurance company issued me a $0.02 check on Jan. 6 with this explanation on the …

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In Blog, Fulfillment

October 12, 2011




When to Spend to Reduce Warehouse Costs

Orders for material handling equipment – an indicator of economic growth – are up 17% this year as of August, according to the U.S. Commerce.
That’s a good sign, says Bill Kuipers, president of operations consultancy Spaide, Kuipers & Co. “While maybe …

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In Operations & Fulfillment

Returns, returns policy, holiday returns, retail, online retail, ecommerce, ecommerce fulfillment, operations and fulfillment, shipping/delivery

January 27, 2015




Complexity of Returns Grows as Ecommerce Does

While overall return rates are not increasing dramatically, they are on the rise, forcing ecommerce merchants to optimize their supply chain squeeze as much value as they can out of returned merchandise.
In this executive summary about returns, you will …

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In executive summary, Operations & Fulfillment

October 8, 2011




Four Tips for Holiday Hiring in the Warehouse

Staffing the warehouse for the fourth quarter rush isn’t easy to get right. But there are a few tricks that can help make the hiring process run smoother.
First, have a clear picture of exactly what you need, and …

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In Opsandfulfillment_warehouse-20-03-2013, Warehouse/Distribution Center

Operations and Fulfillment, distribution center, fulfillment center, contact center, customer contact center, customer service, returns, ecommerce returns, eBay, Amazon, Sears, Walmart

January 26, 2015




Retailers Focus on Returns Excellence as Processing Time Shrinks

The average time for processing returns of online purchases decreased from 10.6 days to 9.5 days between Q4 2013 and Q4 2014, according to StellaService, as more retailers are placing greater emphasis on that key aspect of the customer experience.

At the same time, …

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