20 Critical Implementation Tasks When Moving to a 3PL

| Brian Barry

Some ecommerce companies have gained tremendous benefits from third-party fulfillment partners. But once you contract with a 3PL you must develop a well thought out plan, coordinating with your departments and the partner as well as merchandise vendors, carriers and IT. Here are 20 critical tasks to ensure a smooth transition.

Retooling Your Fulfillment Network to Stay Competitive

| MCM Staff

To succeed, retailers and ecommerce companies need to meet heightened customer experience demands. That means offering fast shipping, free returns and same-day delivery, if possible. Learn insights from industry experts on ways to optimize your fulfillment network and focus your technology investments to compete and win.

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.

9 Considerations a Vendor Will Evaluate in Negotiating Deals

| Brian Barry

Whether it’s software or 3PL services you’re negotiating, it’s important to understand how vendors look at your company and the deal you want to cut. Understanding things from their perspective can help you forge successful vendor relationships. Here are 9 considerations to take into account when evaluating a prospective deal.

How to Determine Your 3PL System Requirements

| Brian Barry

Critical systems functionality and efficient fulfillment are at the heart of a multichannel strategy, and merchants must meet compliance standards of marketplaces and big-box stores. Many 3PLs can bring this functionality and cost effectiveness to ecommerce sellers, manufacturers and brands. Here’s how to make it work for you.

Is Your Warehouse Completely Winter Prepped?

| Frank Granieri

While we can’t change the weather, with minimal effort we can help mitigate exposure when the inevitable transpires. By taking a few simple yet often overlooked steps, even as the calendar has turned into 2019, logistics managers can effectively maintain a safer warehouse operation through the coldest months.

16 Fulfillment Metrics Every Ecommerce Company Should Monitor

| Brian Barry

To improve operations, you first need to measure key fulfillment metrics. Understanding them lets you develop options for processes that reduce steps and cost, or improve service levels such as order turnaround time. Here are 16 metrics we recommend you use as a starting point.

Historically Low Warehouse Vacancy Leading to Upward Development

| Mike O'Brien

Vacancy rates for industrial and logistics space, including ecommerce fulfillment, is now at a historic low of 4.3% and new construction is constrained, leading to limited expansion options for warehouse occupants and higher rents, according to a Q3 report from brokerage CBRE. This has led to an increase in multistory developments.

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.

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