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Blockchain Leads to Ecommerce Logistics Savings

| David Zartman

It’s no surprise that transmission of ecommerce logistics documents is turning digital, and in particular, via blockchain. It is a platform that seeks to connect the full ecommerce supply chain ecosystem from start to finish: Ports, ocean/air/rail/truck carriers, customs, freight forwarders, package shippers and more. The reward is massive.

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Amazon Disputes It’s Running Out of Workers

| Mike O'Brien

A leaked Amazon memo from mid-2021 indicates the company feared running out of fulfillment workers by 2024, impacting its business growth prospects and vaunted level of service especially for Prime customers, according to a report in Recode that Amazon has downplayed.

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Inventory Management in 2022: Navigating Disruptions

| Mike O'Brien

This special report from Multichannel Merchant will address how the right tools and technology not only provide greater inventory accuracy and visibility, but help you prioritize and track SKU movement within a facility, among network nodes and in partner channels. It will also cover advanced capabilities as well as must-have systems.

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Prologis to Acquire Duke Realty for $26 Billion

| Mike O'Brien

Prologis, the largest U.S. player in commercial real estate including warehouses and fulfillment centers, is acquiring Duke Realty in a deal valued at $26 billion, giving Prologis an additional 153 million square feet of active space plus another 11 million square feet under development in 19 markets. Investors were wary of the move.

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Walmart Rolling Out Four High-Tech FCs

| Mike O'Brien

Walmart plans to open up four high-tech, automated fulfillment centers over the next three years, which when completed will enable it to reach 95% of the country in the Amazon Prime standard of two days or less, while streamlining fulfillment processes and increasing throughput. The news drops between a Q1 miss and Prime Day.

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How Flexible Labor is Reshaping Ecommerce Fulfillment Operations

| MCM Staff

In ecommerce fulfillment, there’s a growing movement toward a more flexible workforce, driven by staffing challenges and a more empowered labor pool. This is having a massive impact and creating huge potential for operations management. Join us for this free live webinar featuring experts from flexible labor provider Instawork.

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The Real Supply Chain New Normal

| JP Wiggins

There’s just no going back to the “before” supply chain. Future generations will likely forget the lessons of the early 2020’s and make the same mistakes, but for now we’ll contend with the “new normal.” This dynamic state of affairs is going be with us for the foreseeable future. Here are 5 trends to look out for as we move forward.

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Using a 3PL to Mitigate Shipping Disruptions

| David Branson

Consumer purchasing power is only a click away, bringing significant pressure on ecommerce sellers. Shippers need innovative ways to efficiently track and transport orders. To do so, they should consider a third-party logistics (3PL) provider to gain more flexible freight options, increasing operational efficiency and visibility.

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Automation-as-a-Service: Flexing to Meet Ecommerce Fulfillment Demands

| MCM Staff

It’s increasingly difficult to keep your workforce staffed up. Automation is often the answer, but what if you could swap in solutions as needed? In this webinar, experts at Kenco Logistics talk about the power of the “as-a-service model,” and how an automation innovation lab environment is a triple win for tech provider, 3PL and retailer.

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Amazon Reports $3.8B Loss, Looks at Rocky Near Term

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon’s vaunted flywheel has hit a bit of a snag. But given the company’s superpower ability to continually evolve and innovate, and the general trajectory of double-digit ecommerce growth, it may end up looking like a speed bump in hindsight.