Amazon Raises Minimum Wage to $15 Following Criticism

| Mike O'Brien

Less than a week after a PR backlash over reporting on warehouse worker raises ahead of peak season in the range of 35 cents to 50 cents, Amazon put out the fire by announcing an across-the-board $15 per hour minimum wage for its fulfillment center associates, starting Nov. 1.

9 Considerations to Get Ready for a WMS Implementation

| Brian Barry

As we consult with ecommerce and multichannel businesses on implementing a new WMS, we see several reasons why they often take longer, exceed budget and cause management headaches. These 9 considerations need to be part of your WMS project planning and a readiness assessment prior to system go live.

20 Ways to a Better Inventory Count in Your Ecommerce Warehouse

| Brian Barry

Inventory is typically the largest balance sheet asset in most companies. Accurate inventory is required to not only deliver timely and stellar customer service but also calculate profitability correctly. These 20 steps will help make your physical inventory count more accurate, improving customer satisfaction and the bottom line.

12 Considerations for Adding a Mezzanine to Your E-Fulfillment Operations

| Brian Barry

Adding a mezzanine to your ecommerce fulfillment center can help you gain space and add functions like pick modules and outbound manifesting without adding a new facility. However the decision process can be tricky with many factor to weigh. Here are 12 considerations to help you determine if a new mezzanine is a good fit.

Hourly Wages for Warehouse Workers Rise 6.7% in 2018

| Mike O'Brien

After staying suppressed for years, wages are increasing well ahead of inflation for warehouse workers, driven by a strong economy as well as the scarcity of labor for operations and fulfillment positions, according to an annual survey of associates conducted by Prologistix. See what else the survey found, and where rates are headed.

Labor Shortfall for Warehouse Workers Growing Acute

| Mike O'Brien

Warehouses, distribution centers and fulfillment centers need to hire an additional 226,000 workers each in 2018 and 2019 just to keep pace with demand, driven largely by perpetually booming ecommerce, according to a new report from commercial real estate firm CBRE.

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.