Target Blows Out Free Two-Day Delivery Ahead of the Holidays

| Mike O'Brien

In the never-ending pursuit of Amazon and seeking separation from other foes like Walmart, Target has announced the availability of same-day delivery in 46 states ahead of the peak holiday season from Thanksgiving through Christmas, while also eliminating its $35 order threshold for free two-day shipping as of Nov. 1.

Amazon Research Project Reportedly Testing Robotic Picking Arms

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon is reportedly experimenting with robotic arms that can visually identify items on a conveyor, pick them up using a compressed air vacuum gripper and place them on a table or shelf. At the same time the company says publicly the state of the art isn’t there yet to handle the wide variety of products it stores and sells.

What You Need to Know When Changing 3PL Providers

| Jeff Jones

The decision to change your third-party logistics provider should not be taken lightly, but sometimes it can be the most effective way to move your business forward. Thinking about making a change? The following guidelines may be helpful in considering why, when and how to switch your 3PL provider.

Kroger and Walgreens Join Forces in Cincinnati-Area Pilot

| Mike O'Brien

In the continuing saga of strange bedfellows teaming up to combat the threat of Amazon, a Kroger/Walgreens pilot in northern Kentucky outside Cincinnati allows shoppers to pick up Kroger orders at 13 select Walgreens and purchase Kroger products while there.

When Does an Urban Fulfillment Center Model Make Sense?

| Brendan Heegan

While Amazon can spend $21.7 billion on shipping to meet growing customer expectations, everyone else can’t and ecommerce entrepreneurs need to develop a well-thought-out strategy to address evolving demands. You need to consider these four factors before investing in the urban fulfillment center trend.

Determining KPIs for Your Ecommerce Fulfillment Operations

| Harry Drajpuch

As fulfillment operations become the true competitive battleground, few ecommerce companies have a robust program for measuring fulfillment performance – particularly when the function is outsourced to a 3PL. These tips will help you identify and measure your KPIs for ecommerce fulfillment.

How to Compare Internal Fulfillment Costs to a 3PL Approach

| Brian Barry

Using a 3PL can be cost effective and provide high customer service as an alternative to internal fulfillment for ecommerce and multichannel companies. The burning question is: How will it compare to my internal costs? These 6 considerations will help you arrive at fully loaded costs per order for each option.

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.

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.