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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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

October 1, 2011




Two Tips for Staffing the Warehouse for the Holidays

Forecasting and staffing the warehouse for your fourth-quarter rush is always a challenge for retailers. But if you arm yourself with the right metrics and formulas, you can make this year your most efficient yet.

To hire the correct amount …

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

West Coast ports, West Coast port shutdown, Shipping/Delivery, retail, National Retail Federation, NRF, warehouse, Operations and Fulfillment, President Obama, Taft-Hartley Act, International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Pacific Maritime Association, ILWU, PMA

February 13, 2015




West Coast Port Shutdown to Continue Through the Weekend

With no resolution in sight to the tense labor stalemate, 29 West Coast ports will sit idle from Saturday through Monday as numerous trade groups and legislators on both sides of the aisle urge President Obama to intervene via the Taft-Hartley …

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In News, Operations & Fulfillment

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

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 ports, West Coast ports labor issues, east coast ports, gulf coast ports, ecommerce, shipping and delivery, logistics management

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

August 17, 2011




Tips for Seasonal Warehouse Staffing

Is the back end of your business ready to take on fulfilling holiday orders? You not only need to make sure you have enough workers on hand to handle seasonal demand, you need to hire the right people and train …

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In CRM, Opsandfulfillment_warehouse-20-03-2013

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

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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