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.

Amazon Raises Minimum Wage to $15 Following Criticism

| Mike O'Brien

Less than a week after a PR backlash over reporting on warehouse worker raises ahead of peak season in the range of 35 cents to 50 cents, Amazon put out the fire by announcing an across-the-board $15 per hour minimum wage for its fulfillment center associates, starting Nov. 1.

Hourly Wages for Warehouse Workers Rise 6.7% in 2018

| Mike O'Brien

After staying suppressed for years, wages are increasing well ahead of inflation for warehouse workers, driven by a strong economy as well as the scarcity of labor for operations and fulfillment positions, according to an annual survey of associates conducted by Prologistix. See what else the survey found, and where rates are headed.

Assessing Expansion of Your Ecommerce Fulfillment Network

| Brian Barry

Adding one or more facilities to your ecommerce fulfillment network can both reduce shipping costs and shrink your time-to-customer metric. But there are many aspects to this calculus: in-house assets vs. partnering, system requirements and labor/staffing, to name a few. Here are 11 factors to consider as you look to expand.

11 Ways to Get More from WMS Vendor Demonstrations

| Brian Barry

Vendor demos are at the heart of selecting the right warehouse management system (WMS) for your business. Being well prepared in advance makes all the difference in selecting the right WMS. Attention to detail upfront will save time for your users and the vendors. These 11 steps will help ensure a smooth demo process.