Synergizing Your New WMS, Process Change and Automation

| Brian Barry

Simply installing a new WMS by layering it on top of existing processes is a waste of time and money unless processes are streamlined to work in concert. When you add new automation or technology to the mix, the project becomes more complex. Here are 11 points to consider to help you achieve synergy and ROI.

DHL Investing $300M in Warehouse Robotics, Automation

| Mike O'Brien

Deutsche Post unit DHL Supply Chain North America is investing $300 million to increase the level of automation and robotics at 350 of its 430 facilities, to better handle the crush of ecommerce orders. DHL also plans to open a 24,000-square-foot innovation center near Chicago in September 2019.

7 Ways to Make Your Ecommerce Packing, Shipping More Efficient

| Brian Barry

As you consider your packing supply requirements, you need to look beyond just buying boxes and dunnage. The larger issues of dimensional weight, increased labor costs, brand perception and environmental impact are important, too. These 7 recommendations will help as you review your packing and shipping processes.

Improving the Last Mile with Process, Technology

| Don White

While you have little control over an order once it’s out for delivery, your operations team is still a crucial cog in the last mile experience. You need the right processes and technology to get products to the customer as efficiently and accurately as possible for a smoother delivery and a better experience.

11 Steps to Help Ensure WMS Go Live Success

| Brian Barry

Your ecommerce company has been managing your new WMS implementation. Modifications are done and staff is trained. As you plan out your go live day, what do you need to consider to ensure success right out of the gate? Here are 11 recommendations that will help make your go live day run as smoothly as possible.

10 Critical Steps to Take Before Signing a WMS Contract

| Brian Barry

At year end, software vendors will offer significant discounts to secure your business and book it in 2018. But don’t let last-minute discounts distract you from prudent due diligence in selecting the right WMS. Here are 10 critical decisions you need to complete before signing for that WMS discount.

Warehouse-as-a-Service Providers Address Ecommerce Fulfillment Niche

| Mike O'Brien

The growth in online sales, the scarcity of ecommerce fulfillment space and increasing customer demands have all merged to drive interest in a particular kind of offering: Warehouse-as-a-Service (WaaS). Find out what’s behind the trend and what some startups and traditional 3PLs are doing to meet the need.

How to Reduce Ecommerce Fulfillment Center Injuries

| Brian Barry

With constant incoming product, replenishment, picking and shipping, the typical ecommerce fulfillment center is a beehive of activity. Add seasonal employees and the injury potential goes up dramatically. Here are some of the more common causes of injuries, some information from OSHA and insights and recommendations.

A Checklist for Assessing Ecommerce Fulfillment Center Candidates

| Brian Barry

As ecommerce companies expand we often see managers prematurely jump at the first building they see and talk about costs. But the most productive process involves outlining your requirements first then creating a checklist to see how various facilities stack up. This helps you ensure your new facility ticks all the boxes.