Top 3PL List for 2019 Published by Multichannel Merchant

| Mike O'Brien

Multichannel Merchant has published its fourth annual MCM Top 3PL listing for 2019, a searchable directory of leading third-party logistics (3PL) providers in ecommerce and direct-to-customer operations. This key resource lists the capabilities and experience of over 50 top 3PL providers, helping you select the right one for your needs.

Warehouse Workers Looking to Unionize in New York, New Jersey

| Mike O'Brien

Warehouse workers made their voices heard twice recently, both times involving Amazon and unionization, while in New Jersey labor groups are seeking safer conditions and better pay in ecommerce facilities statewide. Expect the unionization push to pick up momentum in 2019 as reports of poor working conditions continue to grow.

FedEx Leveraging Automation to Handle Peak Volumes

| Mike O'Brien

FedEx is testing the use of autonomous tugs to transport items within its sortation and distribution facilities in an effort to handle the growing volume of bulky ecommerce orders more efficiently. See what other types of automation the carrier is using to optimize the massive flow of packages through its network at peak.

10 Ways to Analyze Your Peak Season Fulfillment

| Brian Barry

If you haven’t formally evaluated your peak season fulfillment, make this the year you do so. From your analysis of ecommerce operations successes and failures, you can develop a plan to make improvements using a multi-faceted approach. Here are 10 ways to analyze your performance and develop a plan for improvement.

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.