8 Supply Chain Strategies to Improve Your Ecommerce Business

| Brian Barry

Many ecommerce fulfillment centers spend much of their time implementing reactive tactics without ever thinking through the strategy of what they’re trying to achieve. Often the terms “tactics” and “strategy” are incorrectly used interchangeably. Here are 8 supply chain strategies to help you improve your ecommerce operations.

Improving Your Ecommerce Fulfillment Center Operations

| Brian Barry

To determine if your ecommerce fulfillment center is running as efficiently as possible, start with an operations audit or assessment, taking into account quantitative and qualitative aspects of all processes and systems. Here are 11 ways to reduce costs, make your operations run smoother and improve the customer experience.

Locus Robotics, RightHand Robotics Strike Partnership

| Mike O'Brien

Locus Robotics, makers of autonomous mobile robots for fulfillment, and RightHand Robotics, creators of a stationary robotic picking arm, have partnered to work on joint solutions that combine batch picking and conveyance with automated sortation.

How To Get More Productivity from Your Ecommerce Operations

| Brian Barry

When you’re not diligent in planning workloads, measuring productivity and publishing results to employees, work will expand to fill the time available for its completion. If this describes your ecommerce operations, here are ways you can experiment with measuring and improving productivity, while increasing efficiency.

Amazon Research Project Reportedly Testing Robotic Picking Arms

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon is reportedly experimenting with robotic arms that can visually identify items on a conveyor, pick them up using a compressed air vacuum gripper and place them on a table or shelf. At the same time the company says publicly the state of the art isn’t there yet to handle the wide variety of products it stores and sells.

11 Key Indicators to Help Keep 3PL Service High

| Brian Barry

When problems with your 3PL partner are severe, the first course of action is to resolve the issues before deciding to leave. Watch these 11 key indicators to ensure your 3PL is performing up to the level expected in your agreement with them.

How to Improve Your Ecommerce Warehouse Slotting

| Brian Barry

Many merchant operations are not ready for a fully automated slotting system, especially the capital investment and continuing maintenance required. However almost every ecommerce warehouse can benefit from applying some basic slotting methodology. Here are some tips on creating a slotting analysis.

4 Steps For Reducing Pick-Error Rates

| Gary Patterson

Many options exist in the marketplace for high-tech solutions that reduce errors in the fulfillment process, including pick-to-light systems, voice-automated picking systems and even fully automated robotic picking systems. However, these solutions can be expensive and are therefore not financially justifiable for small volume or highly variable fulfillment operations. Here are four steps to reduce your pick-error rates.

5 Tips for Improving Picking Productivity

| Wayne Teres

With so many order picking options to choose from, selecting the best solution for your operation can be quite a challenge. Here are five tips to think about to make your warehouse productivity efficient.