Dealing with Front-to-Back Risk Factors in Ecommerce Operations

| Mike O'Brien

In our latest MCM CommerceChat podcast, we talk to Robyn Meyer, partner, enterprise solutions at Transportation Insight, about challenges and opportunities in this disruptive environment, as well as some strategy, process and system changes companies can make to improve profitability and performance.

7 Tips for Adding Ecommerce to Your Subscription Box Business

| Nicole Lee

Many subscription box customers are interested in purchasing additional items, so adding an ecommerce channel can enable merchants to enhance the experience while generating a new revenue stream. This requires some operational adjustments. Here are 7 ways to help ensure success with your subscription ecommerce fulfillment.

The Operational Impacts of Personalizing Subscription Ecommerce

| Nicole Lee

There’s no doubt that subscribers want to feel special. Subscription commerce companies can satisfy their desire by personalizing offerings in a few different ways. But these all add to the complexity of order fulfillment operations. Here are a few factors to consider when looking to personalize your subscription commerce offerings.

Rent the Runway Back Up and Running After Logistics Snafu

| Daniela Forte

Rent the Runway is back up and running after a supply chain and inventory issue occurred the first week of October. The subscription company is once again accepting new subscribers a week ahead of the date it had originally planned. Here is a statement from Rent the Runway about how it handled everything.

Handling Subscription Box Business Growth

| Nicole Lee

Subscription box ecommerce has grown more than 100% a year for the past five years, according to McKinsey & Company. If you have a subscription box offering, you need to evaluate your business and make sure you’re prepared for growth. Three key areas to consider: Personalization, transportation management and technology.

Successful Order Management When Selling on Amazon

| MCM staff

As a direct-to-consumer brand you’re facing mounting margin pressure, loss of brand integrity and changing consumer expectations. And it feels like every month there’s a new channel you need to be in. Even so, selling through FBA and SFP can prove lucrative. To help you succeed, here are some order management best practices.

OMS, Inventory Management Head 2019 Tech Investment Wish Lists

| Mike O'Brien

After robotics and automation, order management systems (OMS) and inventory management systems were the highest priority for tech investment in 2019, based on the MCM Outlook survey, noted by 12% of respondents each. The results also reflect rising customer expectations for ecommerce fulfillment: make it cheap and fast.

Port Logistics Group Acquires Whiplash Merchandising

| Mike O'Brien

Third-party logistics provider Port Logistics Group has acquired Whiplash Merchandising, a provider of ecommerce fulfillment software, a year after it took a stake in the company. Whiplash brings shopping cart integration, warehouse management system (WMS) and order management system (OMS) capabilities.

Enterprise Resource Planning, ERP, order management, order management system, operations and fulfillment, retail operations

How to Assess Your True Readiness for a System Go Live Date

| Curt Barry

It’s one thing to be running behind on programming modifications, testing and implementing your systems project. It’s another to unknowingly commit your company to a system go live without management review, risk assessment and agreement and signoff. These 10 points should be part of your readiness assessment.

How Omnichannel Can Beat Back Amazon and Attract Loyal Customers

| Charles Dimov

Though Amazon’s dominance of ecommerce may bring about feelings of doom or gloom, many retailers do not realize the influence they have to capture buyers before they default to Amazon. The key to achieving success is through providing omnichannel options that the ecommerce behemoth can’t match.