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8fig Helps Ecommerce Sellers Flex Inventory Spend

| Mike O'Brien

8fig, an innovative fintech startup, is creating a new way for ecommerce sellers to obtain financing as they go for inventory purchases, based on sales history and projected performance, has raised of $50 million in new funding to accelerate growth and expand its lending capabilities.

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Walmart Q3 Ecommerce Sales Up 8%, Says Holiday Prep in Good Place

| Mike O'Brien

Walmart reported its ecommerce sales in the U.S. increased 8% in the third quarter, and have gained a total of 87% since the same period in 2019, an incredible jump since pre-pandemic days as the retail giant continues to expand digitally, while declaring itself ready for the holidays.

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Leveraging Tech to Navigate the Great Holiday Shortage

| Gareth Smith

To minimize the impact of the great holiday shortage of 2021, retailers need to leverage innovative technologies and their insights to help navigate supply chain disruptions and reduce the risk of driving customers away now and into 2022. Here are some critical ways technology can help mitigate the pain of out of stocks.

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Inventory Management Gets Trickier As Forces Collide

| Mike O'Brien

Given massive, lingering supply chain roadblocks, carrier capacity limits and labor shortages, inventory management has gotten trickier for retailers, especially as the critical Q4 approaches. This special report from Multichannel Merchant looks at ways retailers are rethinking their inventory approach to buffer against shocks.

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How AI-Driven Merchandising Boosts Ecommerce Conversion

| Zohar Gilad

Technology offers the kind of intelligence that amplifies the creative work of human designers and merchandisers to instantly predict intent. And it’s driving higher conversion rates, greater AOV and boosting satisfaction. Here are 4 ways merchants at SMB retailers can leverage automation to modernize their merchandising strategies.

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Prepping for Peak Season at Burton

| Mike O'Brien

Israel Maynard, Senior Director of International Logistics and Fulfillment for outdoor gear and apparel retailer Burton, has been busy working with vendors overseas and partners here to get everything stocked and set for his peak season. We discuss all this in our latest MCM CommerceChat podcast.

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Inventory Management: Follow the Metrics

| Brian Barry

Inventory is the largest balance sheet asset in most companies. Optimizing it has a huge impact on profitability and customer service. Here are 6 key metrics every ecommerce company should measure, how to calculate each and how a partnership between fulfillment and merchandising will benefit profitability and efficiency.

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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.

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The Future of Demand Planning and Management

| Mike Reed

The pandemic has highlighted the indisputable need for end-to-end supply chain transformation, and to move beyond traditional demand planning and forecasting. Retailers need to incorporate a more integrated approach to maximize their ability to respond with agility and resilience, focusing on flexible problem solving.

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Loves Furniture Files Chapter 11

| Mike O'Brien

Loves Furniture, a Michigan startup that went into business in 2020 just as the pandemic was emerging, has filed for bankruptcy protection as bills piled up and inventory, fulfillment and logistics issues hamstrung its operations. The company claims that fulfillment issues caused by Penske, its contract logistics provider, led to the troubles.