MCM Top 3PLs 2021: Looking for Leading Providers in Ecommerce, DTC

| Mike O'Brien

Now in its sixth year for 2021, Multichannel Merchant’s MCM Top 3PL listing showcases leading third-party logistics companies serving ecommerce and direct-to-customer (DTC) businesses. How does your organization measure up? We’re accepting submissions now through Nov. 7. Be recognized as a true leader in the field!

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ShipBob Raises $68 Million in Funding, Plans to Double Its Network

| Mike O'Brien

ShipBob, a provider of third-party logistics with facilities in the U.S., Canada and Europe, has raised $68 million to fuel growth, expand its platform and more than double its global network, a signal of the significant venture capital flowing into logistics to support the ecommerce explosion. This brings the total raised to $130.5 million.

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6 Ways a 3PL Can Help Mitigate Risk in the Wake of COVID-19

| Jeff Jones

Now keenly aware of their vulnerabilities, retail and ecommerce companies are much more likely to build events like pandemics and other crises into their business planning. They are reevaluating sourcing, warehousing, fulfillment and transportation practices to future proof their business. Here are 6 ways a 3PL can help.

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JustBrand Ltd: The Path to Multichannel Success

| Mike O'Brien

It began in 2009 as two cousins selling winter outwear from their uncle’s company at mall kiosks and fairs in the Philadelphia area. Today, JustBrand Ltd is a successful stable of innovative, interrelated seasonal apparel products.
Learn how the founders launched the company, added brands, grew and expanded into new channels.

Mitigating Hefty New Parcel Shipping Surcharges this Holiday Season

| Jennifer Doles

Parcel shipping services will be in high demand for peak holiday season as more consumers are shopping online in the midst of COVID. And a new wave of peak surcharges from major carriers poses a significant burden for ecommerce shippers – and they’ve already hit. Here are ways to mitigate the costs coming into peak season.

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7 Ways a 3PL Can Be More Viable Than Internal Ecommerce Fulfillment

| Brian Barry

For many ecommerce businesses, even absent COVID-19, a profitable Christmas season will make or break the year. During the shutdowns, many 3PLs have remained open, serving clients even amid the labor challenges. Should you continue internal fulfillment or move to a 3PL? Here are seven considerations as you weigh the choice.

10 Ways to Improve Warehouse Efficiency and Reduce Costs

| Curt Barry

What are you doing in your warehouse across freight management, incentive pay for employees, creating baselines for KPIs, developing great managers and other critical areas? Here are 10 things to consider as you look for ways to make your operations more efficient and less costly.

How Can Subscription Box Businesses Adapt to the Coronavirus Climate?

| Nicole Lee

The effects of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 are being felt globally. Given the widespread impact, most subscription-based businesses are sure to feel the repercussions long term. Given the many challenges it presents, planning now to ensure that your business can adapt as this new reality unfolds is your best move.

XPO Logistics Puts Spinoff of Assets on Hold Due to Market Conditions

| Mike O'Brien

Just two months after announcing it was exploring strategic alternatives, including selling off one or more of its business units but keeping its LTL services intact, the company pulled this option off the table due to the effects of the coronavirus on markets. XPO had been looking at divestiture after a two-year, $8 billion acquisition spree.

7 Strategies to Get the Most from Your Subscription Box 3PL

| Nicole Lee

Order fulfillment can be overwhelming, particularly as your subscription box business grows and evolves. You’ve put considerable time and effort into building your business, and you want to find a fulfillment partner who can help meet your goals and give them the tools to succeed. These 7 strategies can help guide the process.