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Deeper Data Analytics in Ecommerce Fulfillment

| Don White

Big data presents supply chain and ecommerce fulfillment center managers with an unprecedented opportunity to acquire real-time visibility of goods in transit and part of inventory. But this also comes with a set of challenges, not least of which is how to manage the resulting flow of information without becoming drowned in data.

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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.

Flexible Fulfillment Functionality to Survive and Thrive

| Greg Rees

Agile and adaptable digital solutions are the new normal for optimizing premium fulfillment center space, said SnapFulfil CEO, Don White – as well as satisfying more demand, staying competitive, plus managing labor efficiency and productivity.

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Establishing the Right KPIs for Ecommerce Fulfillment Operations

| Perry Belcastro

As ecommerce sales ramp up, especially heading into the holidays, merchants face growing pressure to deliver the perfect order. To meet customer expectations, you need to get the right product to the right customer at the right place and the right time. To do so, you need to establish meaningful key performance indicators (KPIs).

A Logistics Evolution in DTC is Part of the New Normal

| Don White

To succeed in this new world of retail disruption and ever-shifting customer demands, smart brands are moving to a direct model. The benefits of DTC can be substantial but require a dramatic retooling of operations, from customer service to returns management, direct merchandising, direct delivery and warehousing and logistics.

The Pandemic, the E-Fulfillment Workforce and System Needs

| Mike O'Brien

One impact of the continuing COVID-19 crisis is omnichannel fulfillment operations need to do more with less to comply with safety protocols and restrictions. This special report explores different factors behind system decisions in light of the pandemic, with a particular focus on workforce limitations and unpredictable demand.

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.

The Next Wave in Warehouse Automation

| Mike O'Brien

The pressure is on ecommerce merchants to get orders out faster so customers don’t go to competitors when the experience is flawed. This is why more fulfillment centers are implementing warehouse automation, including robotics, to address throughput and efficiency issues. This MCM report covers the latest solutions and trends.

How to Budget for a New Warehouse Management System

| Brian Barry

One of the biggest challenges companies face in acquiring a new WMS is how to budget accurately. To make matters worse, when companies ask vendors for the cost, they may get an incomplete picture. To develop an accurate budget for replacing your current warehouse system, focus on these 9 cost categories.

4 Prerequisites for Ecommerce Companies to Maximize WMS Benefits

| Brian Barry

A WMS by itself doesn’t bring the high benefits of improved labor productivity and inventory tracking in a fulfillment center. Simply dropping a WMS on top of a paper-based fulfillment environment does not work and is a waste of money. Applying these 4 foundational prerequisites will deliver value from your technology investment.