4 Ways Ecommerce Operations Summit Brings Practical DTC Solutions

| Brian Barry

Where do you go to learn what solutions and strategies others in ecommerce and omnichannel have successfully implemented? Ecommerce Operations Summit 2019, April 9-11 in Columbus, OH, is totally geared to all things DTC. It’s the perfect venue to validate your approach, save on costs and improve the customer experience.

Ecommerce, 3PLs Account for 61% of Major Warehouse Deals in 2018

| Mike O'Brien

Ecommerce logistics, including 3PLs, accounted for 61 of the 100 largest deals on warehouse and industrial space in 2018, according to commercial real estate brokerage CBRE. The deals totaled 61.5 million square feet of space in 32 markets, with facilities ranging in size from 742,000 square feet to 2.3 million square feet.

Ryder Introduces Ecommerce Fulfillment Service

| Mike O'Brien

Transportation and supply chain provider Ryder System has unveiled a new ecommerce fulfillment service offering designed to compete with full-service platforms such as Amazon and Google as well as major carriers by providing a soup-to-nuts system for shipping directly to customers.

How Ecommerce Operations Summit 2019 Can Improve Your DTC Business

| Brian Barry

Given the rapid pace of change, how forward looking are your operations and fulfillment strategies, and are you pursuing the right ones? Ecommerce Operations Summit (April 9-11, Columbus), is an excellent way to evaluate emerging trends. Here are some highlights we found in the conference agenda, and why they’re beneficial.

Walmart, Deliv Part Ways, Retailer Signs Four New Partnerships

| Mike O'Brien

Walmart and Deliv have decided to part ways, and the major retailer is still working with seven other delivery services to get grocery orders to customers, Reuters and others are reporting. Walmart has signed on four new delivery partners since January, including Deliv competitors Doordash and Postmates.

Amazon Officially Calls Out Carriers as Competitors

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon’s moves into logistics and fulfillment over the past few years have been well-documented, with FedEx and UPS downplaying the threat and Amazon saying it just wants to address its capacity shortfalls. Until now, that is, when Amazon added “transportation and logistics services” to the long list of competitive sectors in its 2018 10k filing.

How One B2B Company Started Its Internal Benchmarking Program

| Brian Barry

What kind of metrics should you analyze, and what depth of analysis is required for an operational assessment in your B2B company? This case study outlines how to establish benchmarks on fulfillment center productivity, and the steps used to collect and analyze data to improve performance and understand future fulfillment network needs.

Vacant Retail Locations Being Repurposed for Ecommerce Fulfillment

| Mike O'Brien

In an indicator of the continuing evolution of retail, more shuttered stores and malls are being converted to industrial space, especially for ecommerce fulfillment, according to a new report from commercial real estate firm CBRE. See where this is happening, what the drivers are and the prevailing local headwinds.

Gut Checking Your Fulfillment Center Against Global Data Regulations

| Don White

Ecommerce companies are thoroughly examining their operations for compliance issues. You must pay equal attention to the fulfillment center, especially if you’re tracking customer data there with different tools maintained separately from your ecommerce platform. These three gut checks will help you assess your data breach readiness.

Talking Data Science with Abercrombie & Fitch

| Mike O'Brien

In this MCM CommerceChat podcast, Anthony Burnside, manager of direct-to-customer order management and omnichannel fulfillment for Abercrombie & Fitch, talks to Multichannel Merchant about the role of data analytics and data science inside his group and organization