Ohi Raises $2.75 Million to Power Same-Day Delivery for DTC Brands

| Mike O'Brien

Ohi, a startup looking to democratize same-day delivery for smaller direct-to-customer brands with analytics and micro fulfillment centers in unused commercial spaces, has raised $2.75 million in a seed funding round led by Flybridge Capital Partners. Its first MFCs are in Manhattan, Brooklyn and LA, with more to come in SF and DC.

10 Steps to a More Agile, Flexible Ecommerce Supply Chain

| Brian Barry

An agile ecommerce supply chain is focused on speed, cost savings, productivity and responsiveness and flexibility to market demands. Supply chain management (SCM) exists to improve a company’s long-term performance. Here are 10 steps to help you improve your ecommerce supply chain agility and performance.

How State Cashmere Navigated Its Global Ecommerce Expansion

| Iain McNicoll

Over the last decade, booming global ecommerce has given small businesses around the world an opportunity to expand their reach in D2C. But this expansion does come with challenges, especially in the area of payments. See how State Cashmere addressed currency and taxation issues while freeing up working capital to fuel growth.

Adopt IoT or Lose: 4 Ways Connected Tech Revolutionizes Retail and Ecommerce

| Yana Yelina

For a long time, IoT has been a transformative force for an array of industries, with 70% of the world’s retail and ecommerce providers betting on connected tech to drive tangible business value. If you’re not in the loop about how IoT can improve your warehouse management or enhance your marketing efforts, here are four recommendations made by IoT and ecommerce development providers.

Top 6 Features of an Ecommerce Inventory Management System

| Brian Barry

If you’re thinking about replacing your inventory management system, a search will turn up literally hundreds of commercially available systems, including specialized ones that may not fit your multichannel business. Here are the top 6 features that you should be considering when upgrading your system, and what to look out for.

Practical Machine Learning: How Data Can Optimize Inventory Forecasting

| Rod Daugherty

While the terms “machine learning” and “artificial intelligence” are often used interchangeably, the main takeaway is that these advanced technologies offer better ways to solve complex planning problems. More organizations are recognizing their benefits to improve inventory forecasting accuracy and optimize stock replenishment.

Leveraging Blockchain for Omnichannel Success

| MCM staff

Retailers are struggling to create the kind of seamless omnichannel experience consumers crave. The fundamental challenge: They can’t predict and respond to changes in demand across channels. But technology now offers a cutting-edge solution: Blockchain. Here are some best practices shared at Ecommerce Operations Summit 2019.

11 Ways Barcode Can Improve Your Ecommerce Fulfillment Operations

| Brian Barry

Shipping and manifesting systems have used barcodes for a long time, but not to their full potential. In recent years adoption is increasing as businesses find they can dramatically increase control of their fulfillment center operations. Here are 11 ways barcode can provide greater operational efficiency, cost savings and a good ROI.

Improving Store Inventory with Technology, Processes

| MCM staff

Compared to distribution or fulfillment centers, store inventory is often seen as the weakest link when it comes to SKU accuracy, with rates that can be as low as 65%. As omnichannel demand picks up, stores are playing a critical role in ecommerce order fulfillment. Here are some quick tips from an expert panel at Ecommerce Operations Summit.

Fulfillment Helps Target Drive 42% Q1 Ecommerce Growth

| Daniela Forte

Target reported ecommerce sales growth of 42% in the first quarter, with positive guest response to same-day digital fulfillment services. The quarter marked Target’s eighth consecutive quarter of comparable sales increases. CEO Brian Cornell said the retailer’s comparable sales growth of 4.8% was a bit ahead of expectations.