Assessing Expansion of Your Ecommerce Fulfillment Network

| Brian Barry

Adding one or more facilities to your ecommerce fulfillment network can both reduce shipping costs and shrink your time-to-customer metric. But there are many aspects to this calculus: in house assets vs. partnering, system requirements and labor/staffing, to name a few. Here are 11 factors to consider as you look to expand.

Analytics Help You Better Manage Ecommerce Fulfillment Demand Spikes

| Don White

Customer experience can suffer if an ecommerce fulfillment center is unable to quickly scale its operations, but not every company has the resources to respond swiftly. If you’d like to stay one step ahead of demand, consider these 3 analytics strategies to manage planned (and unplanned) peak seasons.

6 Considerations on Millennials in Your Ecommerce Fulfillment Workforce

| Brian Barry

Ecommerce fulfillment managers often grumble about the difficulty of hiring and managing millennials. For sure, they view life and work through a different lens. As a result, many businesses have struggled to find the best ways to integrate them into their culture. Here are 6 considerations to weigh when faced with these challenges.

9 Benefits to a Software as a Service WMS

| Brian Barry

Software as a Service (SaaS) and cloud-based computing has made Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) affordable for many small- and medium-sized companies. Here are 9 benefits to installing SaaS vs. on-premise based applications, and 4 downside risks to watch out for.

Amazon Charging Excess Inventory Fees to Address Storage Issues

| Mike O'Brien

In an effort to address overcapacity issues in its dozens of fulfillment centers, Amazon has instituted new charges that will penalize third-party sellers – who make up more than half of its sales – for having slow-moving inventory. See what these changes mean and what else Amazon is doing to deal with inventory overflow.

Identifying the Right Market for Your Ecommerce Fulfillment Center

| Brian Barry

Identifying the right labor market for a new ecommerce fulfillment center is a major, expensive undertaking, and your success depends on performing a three-pronged analysis. Follow this outline of the data and process steps involved to help you identify the right labor market for your new facility.

More Than One-Third of Warehouses Not Using WMS

| Mike O'Brien

Despite its many advantages, WMS software is not in use at nearly 35% of distribution and fulfillment center operations, according to a survey by the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). See what other technology preferences and investment plans were cited by operations professionals.

8 Benefits to Accurate SKU Dimensions, Weights in Your Warehouse

| Brian Barry

Without accurate SKU dimensions and weights for each item in their warehouse, companies struggle to provide basic data for slotting, better capacity planning and if necessary, full truckload or LTL planning, paying more than is necessary in freight costs. Here are 8 steps to better SKU dimensioning in your operations.