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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.

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Autonomous Middle Mile: Exploring the Future

| Mike O'Brien

Executives from Ryder, Gatik and enVista joined a professor from Georgia Tech to discuss the latest technology and trends in autonomous middle mile trucks for retail and ecommerce replenishment, during a panel on the topic at Ecommerce Operations Technology Summit 2022 in Orlando.

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Using a 3PL to Save on Operational Costs

| Brian Barry

Using a 3PL isn’t for everyone. But escalating labor costs, requirements for a new facility, starting a new business or channel and avoiding capital costs are reasons we see companies comparing internal fulfillment to 3PL. Here are six major ways businesses have traditionally saved money and reduced capital using 3PLs in their supply chain.

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Amazon Union Battles Sees Objections Flying on Both Sides

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon is challenging a union vote at a distribution center in Staten Island, NY, saying it should be thrown out due to illegal coercion on the part of the union, while the labor group is accusing the retail giant of sour grapes over an election it won. Union and employer are also locked in a dispute over an election in Bessemer, AL.

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Amazon Staten Island Union Vote Sends Shockwaves

| Mike O'Brien

A tiny startup union dealt a major blow to mighty Amazon with a successful vote at a fulfillment center on Staten Island, NY led by a worker who had been fired two years ago, a move that backfired on the multi-million-dollar effort to thwart the organizing effort. But the matter is far from over as Amazon is sure to challenge the vote.

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Improving Speed to Customer: Winning in the Face of Headwinds

| Mike O'Brien

How are you addressing speed to customer in a challenging environment? Multichannel Merchant brought together executives in transportation and logistics from top companies — GNC, Best Buy, Vermont Teddy Bear, Crutchfield, DSW and Saddle Creek Logistics Services — for a virtual Think Tank forum on the subject.

11 Ecommerce Fulfillment Center Layout Design Principles

| Brian Barry

There are several basic principles that apply to ecommerce fulfillment center layout and design that tie into operating an efficient facility. Without them, you’ll face capacity issues, decreased productivity and storage inadequacies. Here are 11 key principles to consider when looking at FC layout, design and productivity.

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Supply Chain Software: 5 Deployment Best Practices

| Tom Martucci

Whether launching new supply chain software or migrating from an existing system, having a precise evaluation and selection process drives operational effectiveness. It also reinforces transparency and fluidity throughout the organization. A thorough evaluation mapping process is one of the most powerful tools you have.

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Righthand Robotics Gains $66M in Funding

| Mike O'Brien

RightHand Robotics, founded by Leif Jentoft and CEO Yaro Tenzer in 2015, has secured a $66 million funding round to fuel growth of its partner network, hire engineers and expand its global presence. Much of the hiring focus is on improving the AI and machine learning that fuels RightHand’s technology and the arm’s functionality.