A Logistics Evolution in DTC is Part of the New Normal

| Don White

To succeed in this new world of retail disruption and ever-shifting customer demands, smart brands are moving to a direct model. The benefits of DTC can be substantial but require a dramatic retooling of operations, from customer service to returns management, direct merchandising, direct delivery and warehousing and logistics.

Not Just Product Packaging: The Ecommerce-Environment Conflict

| Noah Rue

Ecommerce utilizes far too much product packaging, which adversely affects the environment. However, even if there was a marked reduction, the very nature of the industry still impacts environmental health in a big way. All aspects of the supply chain, from materials to transportation, can benefit from significant improvements.

9 Ways to Make Your Ecommerce Fulfillment Process Change a Success

| Brian Barry

There is no end to the process of reducing labor, saving time, making better use of ecommerce fulfillment center space and reducing costs and errors. To be competitive, flexible and survive in these turbulent times, continuous process improvement is critical. Here are 9 steps to consider when implementing this type of program. 

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Less Overstock Boosts Ecommerce Fulfillment Space and the Bottom Line

| Brian Barry

Inventory management is a strategic ecommerce issue that affects profitability and customer service. Additionally, many fulfillment centers have overstock inventory tying up valuable space. Here is a primer on liquidation strategies and ways to reduce overstock levels, freeing up valuable space and flowing dollars to the bottom line.

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Warehouse Exchange Cuts a Different Path in Warehouse on Demand Space

| Mike O'Brien

Warehouse Exchange uses Artificial Intelligence to match up owners of available commercial space — not including 3PLs — with those needing it on a short-term basis, averaging 10 to 11 months. The company just closed a $2.2 million seed funding round. CEO Grant Langston talks about the company and its differentiators.

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Will the Rush to E-Grocery Recede or Stick After the COVID-19 Crisis?

| Mike O'Brien

With states reopening for business, experts wonder how grocers will continue to adapt, and how ingrained online buying patterns will be. Jon Hauptmann, Senior Director of Retail Pricing and Analytics Solutions at Inmar Intelligence, discusses Inmar’s recent survey findings and what’s next in this MCM CommerceChat podcast.

Locus Robotics Raises $40 Million in New Funding Round

| Mike O'Brien

Locus Robotics, makers of autonomous mobile robots for carriers and 3PLs like UPS, DHL, Ceva Logistics, Taylored Services and ShipMonk, has raised more than $40 million in a Series D funding led Zebra Ventures, along with existing investors like Scale Venture Partners.

What Industry 4.0 Means for Your Warehouse Operations

| James Beale

Widespread implementation of Industry 4.0 might be down the road, but the elements that underpin the concept are slowly being introduced to logistics and warehouse operations worldwide. The question is: What does this concept mean for me, and how can I prepare for this new industrial revolution? Here’s what you need to know.

The Future of BOPIS After COVID-19

| Michael Jaszczyk

Those who have embraced omnichannel retailing by allowing customers to do everything from browsing to payment on their personal device have found it much easier to adapt with tactics like BOPIS to ensure the safety and health of employees and shoppers. The current crisis will serve as a catalyst for long-term process changes.