September 2, 2014




1-800-Flowers Acquires Harry & David

Online floral retailer 1-800-Flowers announced it has acquired specialty gift retailer Harry & David Holdings Inc. for $142.5 million, according to a press release.

The acquisition includes Harry & David’s brands and websites as well as its headquarters, manufacturing and distribution …

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In Executive, M&A and Financial

Ebates, Conversant, Rakuten, Alliance Data, affiliate marketing, affiliate platforms, retail, online retail, ecommerce, Target

August 26, 2014




Consumers Demand Omnichannel, So Where Do You Begin?

It all started with the onset of ecommerce. Multichannel was a natural next step, and now we’ve evolved into an omnichannel world. Consumers are continually pushing retailers to improve the shopping experience, whether it’s in store, online or …

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In Ecommerce, eCommerce

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

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

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

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August 19, 2014




How Shipping Affects the Customer Experience

Delivering a consistently stellar customer experience remains the order of the day in 2014 and continues to fuel changes in how merchants get items from point of sale to the doorstep. This includes rising expectations of free or reduced shipping, ultra-fast …

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In executive summary, Operations & Fulfillment

FedEx, Amazon, Target, JC Penney, eBay, warehouse/distribution center, distribution center, operations and fulfillment

August 19, 2014




Is a Pop-up Distribution Center Right for You?

While pop-up retail is not new – dating back to California-based Vacant in 1999 – the concept of pop-up distribution centers is a fairly new one. Following the same idea, it involves setting up a temporary distribution center in a specific location for …

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In Fulfillment, Inventory

Amazon, Amazon.com, warehouse/distribution center, distribution center, fulfillment center, retail, online retail, online marketplace

August 18, 2014




Amazon To Open New Fulfillment Center in CA

Continuing its push to expand its footprint and get closer and closer to the customer, Amazon announced it was opening a fifth California fulfillment center in Redlands. The company now has nearly 5 million square feet of fulfillment space in the …

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In Ecommerce, Fulfillment

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

Amazon, Amazon.com, warehouse/distribution center, distribution center, fulfillment center, retail, online retail, online marketplace

August 8, 2014




Multichannel Merchant Presents: This Week in Amazon

It’s been a busy summer at Amazon: The ecommerce juggernaut added same-day delivery in 6 cities, said they’d open 15 new sortation centers, and introduced a smartphone that may or may not be an Amazon sales-driver.

In this video, Multichannel Merchant senior …

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