Nearly All Retailers, Manufacturers Cite Increased Sales from Drop Shipping

| Mike O'Brien

Drop shipping is seen as beneficial by nearly all retailers and manufacturers who take part in it, the former from an expanded SKU assortment without inventory carrying costs and both parties from increased sales, according to a new survey from Lehigh University and DiCentral. Eighty-seven percent of respondents said it boosted sales.

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.

In-Kind Donations Reduce Unwanted Inventory, Aid CSR Programs

| Gary C. Smith

In-kind giving is ideal for offloading overstocks, obsolete merchandise, discontinued products and returns. Even though unwanted inventory no longer benefits your business, it can still be very useful to those in need, and there are ways to optimize your donations. See how you can do well by doing good with your unwanted stock.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Sees Success with Ecommerce Software Insourcing

| Mike O'Brien

Dick’s Sporting Goods continues pushing to insource its ecommerce software, following a trail blazed by its CIO during his time at Home Depot, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The company has also centralized its ecommerce fulfillment and revamped its supply chain to speed up ecommerce deliveries.

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.

A 6-Step Process for Improved Inventory Management

| Brian Barry

In omnichannel and ecommerce companies, inventory management, including tracking and reserving inventory for orders, is crucial for maximizing sales and improving customer satisfaction. Here is a 6-step process for assessing your inventory systems and developing an action plan for improvement.

Tackling the Challenges of Store Inventory Accuracy

| Mike O'Brien

If stores are the weak link in inventory accuracy, how do you improve it to avoid stock-outs and dissatisfied customers? Steve DeNunzio of Ohio State’s graduate logistics program covers the challenges and solutions in this MCM CommerceChat podcast. He’ll also lead this discussion at Ecommerce Operations Summit in Columbus, OH.

20 Ways to a Better Inventory Count in Your Ecommerce Warehouse

| Brian Barry

Inventory is typically the largest balance sheet asset in most companies. Accurate inventory is required to not only deliver timely and stellar customer service but also calculate profitability correctly. These 20 steps will help make your physical inventory count more accurate, improving customer satisfaction and the bottom line.

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