Seismic Shifts Bringing a New Normal to Ecommerce Operations and Fulfillment

| Mike O'Brien

What will the world of ecommerce operations and fulfillment look like after World Health Organization declares the COVID-19 pandemic ends? The answer, like predictions of that date, is uncertain. But industry experts firmly believe that the seismic shifts that began in February 2020 will create a new normal in ecommerce operations.

15 Ways to Improve Warehouse Space Utilization

| Brian Barry

During evaluation of multichannel warehouse operations, the efficiency of storing and moving goods typically drops when between 80% and 85% of available space is being used. With new fulfillment center locations at a premium and costs rising, here are 15 ways you can improve space utilization in your ecommerce facility.

How to Deal with Coronavirus and Your Ecommerce Supply Chain

| Brian Barry

These are truly unprecedented times. Strikes at ports and fuel prices sometimes disrupt supply chains, but the coronavirus pandemic is causing disruption to offshore manufacturing and shipping patterns that hasn’t been seen since World War II. Here are some observations on the impact based on feedback from multichannel sellers.

Grocer Hy-Vee Moving Online Order Fulfillment to Stores

| Douglas P. Clement

Midwest grocery chain Hy-Vee is moving fulfillment of online orders from a network of four fulfillment centers back to its retail stores. The facilities, in Eagan, MN, Des Moines, IA, Omaha, NE and Kansas City, MO, will be closed later this month. The network and logistics made same-day fulfillment difficult, executives said.

Smart Strategies to Address Fulfillment Center Labor Challenges

| Jeff St. George

A strong economy is good for business, but it strains your ability to find and retain quality candidates. In the retail and ecommerce fulfillment sector, employers are facing ever-growing demand and labor shortages. Now is the time to implement proactive strategies for finding qualified talent and optimizing resources. 

A 12-Step Process for an Ecommerce Fulfillment Center Assessment

| Brian Barry

Considering all the challenges facing today’s ecommerce fulfillment center operations, how should you go about conducting an assessment, and what are the objectives? Here are 12 key aspects of a complete ecommerce fulfillment center assessment that will help make your operations more productive and efficient.

How to Boost Your Sales with Ecommerce Fulfillment

| Ken Fleming

Retailers that understand what’s at stake with ecommerce fulfillment and commit to reducing costs and streamlining the customer experience are turning to automation to make it happen. Automated carrier selection, delivery alerts, invoice auditing and BI help them gain a competitive foothold and boost customer loyalty.

9 Tips to Manage Ecommerce Fulfillment Labor More Effectively

| Brian Barry

Overall productivity in ecommerce fulfillment centers has remained flat over the years for many companies, and hourly wages continue to rise. After factoring in that cost, productivity in terms of labor dollars has declined. To help you become more efficient, here are 10 ways to improve your productivity levels.

Target Facing Unionization Efforts at Test Fulfillment Center in New Jersey

| Mike O'Brien

Workers at a Target fulfillment center in New Jersey are considering union representation, stirring up labor issues for the retailer as it reworks the supply chain to move inventory closer to customers and better integrate store and online channels, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. Amazon and FedEx are also facing unionization pressures.