Ecommerce Distribution Center Roundup

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon has been busy once again in our roundup of recent ecommerce distribution center and fulfillment center activity – including one on the site of a shuttered mall just east of Cleveland. Other companies planning to open new facilities include Kohl’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, ASOS and Tractor Supply.

Improve Fulfillment Pick Rates with Efficient SKU Replenishment

| Brian Barry

Many fulfillment centers use a forward pick slot concept to store product and reduce picking walk time. While WMS software has greatly improved SKU replenishment functionality, those with older systems are more dependent on manual processes. For those companies, here are some tips to help you make SKU replenishment more efficient.

Amazon Looks to Swallow Grocery Whole

| Mike O'Brien

After finalizing the $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon is making major pricing and fulfillment changes as the company leverages its investment. The ecommerce giant is up to the challenges that lay ahead and will be a major disruptor to grocery, and especially grocery delivery, for years to come.

19 Steps to More Efficient DTC Fulfillment Operations

| Brian Barry

Vince Lombardi, the Green Bay Packers’ legendary coach, excelled at winning football games because his teams mastered and executed the fundamentals. When we assess multichannel fulfillment operations, we think Lombardi’s wisdom can be applied to many businesses to gain efficiency. These 19 tactics will help you improve your operational blocking and tackling.

15 Ways to Improve Warehouse Space Utilization

| Brian Barry

During evaluation of multichannel warehouse operations, efficiency typically drops from a movement and storage perspective when between 80% and 85% of available space is being used. With new warehouse locations at a premium and costs rising, here are 15 ways you can improve warehouse space utilization in your existing facility.

How to Choose a VAR for your ERP Implementation

| Paul Sobota

When deciding on a new ERP system choosing a Value-Added Reseller (VAR) as an installation partner is as important as selecting the software itself. To help you select the right VAR partner for your ERP implementation, here are 4 key things to consider to ensure they meet your business needs.

9 Questions To Answer About Fulfillment Center Automation

| Brian Barry

Installing fulfillment center automation, including conveyance systems, is a major capital expense requiring a long lead time. It requires considerable expertise and time to plan and implement these systems properly. To avoid common pitfalls, here are 9 questions to answer as you apply automation to your business.

Improving the Bench Strength of Your Operations Managers

| Curt Barry

If you’ve been around long enough, you know there’s a shortage of experienced managers in retail, catalog and now ecommerce operations for decades. To help counter that trend, here are some thoughts on how to develop better operations managers for your direct-to-customer or ecommerce business.

3 Ways Automation Can Ease Holiday Order Fulfillment

| Dave Williams

The holiday shopping season is right around the corner, and distribution centers will soon be bustling to get online orders out the door. More than likely, this year will deliver new records for peak online sales. Growing companies with manual warehouses worried about keeping up should consider automated processes.

Evaluating Your Inventory Costs in a Multi-DC Format

| Brian Barry

To remain competitive, many companies are looking to add distribution centers closer to the customer so they can offer more products quickly. Part of this planning process involves managing multi-DC inventories and fulfilling customer orders. Here are the factors to consider and how they impact your inventory costs.