Vermont Teddy Bear on Peak Season Operations Hiring

| Mike O'Brien

In our latest MCM CommerceChat podcast, Katie Langrock, VP of operations for Vermont Teddy Bear, talks about her company’s approach to recruitment, hiring and retention, especially during peak season. Join us as Katie also takes part in a session on this topic at MCM’s virtual E-Fulfillment Summit on Thursday, June 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT.

UPS to Charge for Peak Season Volume Shortfalls

| Mike O'Brien

In a move designed to capture network costs associated with retailers who fail to meet peak volume commitments, UPS plans to charge them for shortfalls this year. The charges would cover costs such as extra workers and surplus space on trucks or in distribution hubs based on retailers’ projections and volume commitments.

5 Ecommerce Fulfillment Metrics All Brands Must Track

| Maria Haggerty

There are at least 5 fulfillment metrics that ecommerce brands need to track, all connected to your ability to meet customer expectations during peak season as well as the rest of the year. See how measuring performance in these key areas can help forecast your ability to operate at full capacity and improve year-round operations.

Cyber Weekend Ecommerce Surge Slows Carrier Networks

| Mike O'Brien

Cyber Weekend, while a boon for retailers, hit UPS’ on-time performance, according to ShipMatrix. UPS says its network is operating as expected, most customers are getting packages on time, and it doesn’t put stock in ShipMatrix data. The company did say it experienced higher-than-expected volumes in some locations.