Dave Clark, the 23-year Amazon veteran who unexpectedly stepped down last week after helping create its vaunted logistics operations, which became grossly overbuilt in the pandemic era, has been tapped as co-CEO of hot supply chain and freight forwarding company Flexport. Photo credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images
Warehouse workers made their voices heard twice recently, both times involving Amazon and unionization, while in New Jersey labor groups are seeking safer conditions and better pay in ecommerce facilities statewide. Expect the unionization push to pick up momentum in 2019 as reports of poor working conditions continue to grow.
As the peak holiday season hiring frenzy kicks into gear, Walmart has decided to set itself apart by announcing it will once again offer extra shift hours instead of hiring thousands of seasonal staff as many other major retailers do. Target meanwhile plans to raise its minimum wage to $10 per hour and then to $11. See what holiday hiring plans are in the works for other retailers and service providers to meet the seasonal crush.
Depending on your business, peak season can make up a third or more of your yearly sales. So how well you execute in that brief period is crucial to your success. But never fear: Multichannel Merchant’s Peak Season Summit 2017, a virtual event to be held this Thursday, Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST., will be loaded with insights and best practices from merchant practitioners.
Installing fulfillment center automation, including conveyance systems, is a major capital expense requiring a long lead time. It requires considerable expertise and time to plan and implement these systems properly. To avoid common pitfalls, here are 9 questions to answer as you apply automation to your business.