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.

Rent the Runway Back Up and Running After Logistics Snafu

| Daniela Forte

Rent the Runway is back up and running after a supply chain and inventory issue occurred the first week of October. The subscription company is once again accepting new subscribers a week ahead of the date it had originally planned. Here is a statement from Rent the Runway about how it handled everything.

Reducing Reverse Logistics Costs with Reusable Transport Packaging

| Mike Hachtman

A growing trend in reusable transport packaging has created an opportunity to add value through reverse logistics of returnable and reusable assets. Once considered a necessary cost center, this aspect of reverse logistics can actually increase efficiency while decreasing costs if handled well, a win-win for your business.

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.

Reducing Expenses by Streamlining Your Ecommerce Supply Chain

| Brian Barry

There are many opportunities to make your SCM more efficient, reduce costs and provide higher service levels to customers, including in sourcing, storage, fulfillment, distribution, IT and transportation. Here are four major ecommerce supply chain areas that you can streamline to reduce your overall fulfillment costs.

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.

Customer Experience Metrics Are Key Measures of Supply Chain Success

| Mike O'Brien

Nearly all supply chain managers responding to a recent survey by Convey and eft Supply Chain and Logistics Business Intelligence said they consider customer experience to be important when measuring last-mile performance, while two-thirds of them say they’re held accountable for standard customer experience KPIs.

Amazon Steps up Ocean Freight Shipping from China to the U.S.

| Mike O'Brien

Amazon has been quietly shipping ocean freight from China to West Coast ports, in another sign of its increasing logistics ambitions and an entire supply chain play, according to a report in USA Today. In the past year, Amazon Logistics has shipped 4.7 million cartons of consumer goods from China to Long Beach and Seattle.

Intermodal Demand Leading to More Hubs, Facilities

| Mike O'Brien

A growth in intermodal transportation by rail from coastal ports is leading to increased development of distribution facilities near so-called inland ports in locations like Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Salt Lake City, eastern Pennsylvania and Kansas City, according to a new report from commercial real estate firm JLL.

DHL Investing $300M in Warehouse Robotics, Automation

| Mike O'Brien

Deutsche Post unit DHL Supply Chain North America is investing $300 million to increase the level of automation and robotics at 350 of its 430 facilities, to better handle the crush of ecommerce orders. DHL also plans to open a 24,000-square-foot innovation center near Chicago in September 2019.