Omnichannel & Fulfillment Resources

2018 Hottest U.S. Fulfillment Markets: Phoenix

Status of U.S. e-commerce fulfillment warehouse markets During the start of the e-commerce ramp up, the heaviest activity with respect to industrial real estate facilities involved in fulfillment warehouse and distribution operations occurred in major metropolitan...

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2018 Hottest U.S. Retail & E-Commerce Fulfillment Markets

In an earlier blog posted on April 19, 2018, we took a look at the effect that e-commerce has had on the industrial real estate market, specifically as it relates to warehouse, fulfillment and distribution center facilities.  Interestingly enough, as compared to that...

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Using Technology to Solve Last Mile Delivery Challenges

As supply chain trends come and go, this is a revolution. According to industry experts, Amazon reportedly has had an overwhelming effect on the buying habits of consumers. The supply chain and logistics industry has been turned upside down by ecommerce omnichannel...

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Retail Analytics Technology

Merchants are reinventing their supply chains with upgrades that enable automated, real-time inventory visibility via IoT, such as RFID. This can boost inventory accuracy levels to as high as 95%. 73% of retailer’s rate managing Big Data as important or critical....

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11 Ways 3PLs are Helping Retailers & Manufacturers Today

During 2016, logistics and freight operations professionals enabled U.S. businesses to reduce costs for the first time since 2009.  This is an impressive result, especially given the explosive demand fueled by the e-commerce sector and the overcapacity, slack demand...

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Reinventing Retail Supply Chain Technology

Zebra’s 2017 Retail Vision Study shows how shopper expectations and technology advancements have evolved causing a shift in retail operations in the global retail industry. Retailers cited the technology trends that will shape the future. 70% of retailer respondents...

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Last Mile Delivery Basics

Last mile delivery is defined as the movement of goods from a transportation hub to the final delivery destination and the final destination is usually a residence. 81 percent of recently surveyed retailers have reported that their supply chain is not prepared to...

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The Changing Dynamics of Last Mile Delivery and Logistics

The Rise of Last Mile Delivery Service Providers The tremendous growth of the e-commerce market for durable consumer products and grocery goods has resulted in a corresponding increase in direct-to-consumer (D2C) deliveries.  The rise of Amazon in the marketplace has...

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Inventory Management Tips for an Optimized Warehouse

In this new series we will explore top tips on how to improve inventory management in the warehouse. This week we will take a closer look at the primary sources for order fulfillment issues and how 3PLs, warehouses and distribution centers are preventing these...

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Major Retailers Adopt Omnichannel Strategy

As shoppers become more tech-savvy and demand that retailers offer a more mobile, cross-functional shopping experience the retail industry as a whole has undergone a variety of drastic changes. In prior years traditional brick and mortar retailers saw steep declines...

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How to Design a Flexible Distribution Center

Designing your distribution center to be flexible in not only space utilization, but operational processes, requires planning in multiple stages. The nature of distribution center operations has evolved with omni-channel retail and e-commerce growth. Evaluating your...

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Last Mile Logistics Trends

The last mile logistics industry has evolved over time due to a variety of influencing factors, one of them being the popularity of e-commerce in consumer retail spending. Each year more and more sales typically made in brick-and-mortar stores are shifting to online....

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Cold Storage Warehouse Best Practices

As products evolve and consumer demands change cold storage warehouse space is a more critical branch of the supply chain than ever. Products being stored in these refrigerated warehouses...

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2015 Order Management Concerns

As omni-channel becomes an industry standard, rather than a trend, many supply chain businesses are increasing in complexity. Most omni-channel retailers and their supply chain partners manage an average of three separate sales channels. The movement of inventory...

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Do You Need a New WMS?

If your business has been using the same warehouse management software for several years, you may want to evaluate whether this technology suits your current operation and future plans. Technology advances at a rapid rate-you wouldn’t want your business to get left...

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Supply Chain Labor Pool Issues 2015

The supply chain has increased in complexity and size in recent years which is affecting who and how the industry hires and how they train their employees during the onboarding process. These changes are due, in large part, to the adoption of omni-channel retailing,...

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The How and Why of Crossdocking

Crossdocking is increasing in popularity among warehouses, distribution centers and third party logistics providers because it is an excellent way to combat increasing transportation...

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Cross Docking 101: When to Utilize Cross Docking

Cross-docking, while a fairly simple process, helps to increase operational efficiency in highly complex supply chains. Each business’ supply chain varies in complexity due to a multitude of factors. These factors determine how and when cross-docking should be used....

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How to Manage the Perfect Return

With the world of retailing slowly evolving towards the omni channel strategy, there are more factors to consider when making the customer experience more enjoyable. Distribution and...

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Pharmaceutical Supply Chain

Due to increasing pharmaceutical regulation, competitive drug prices and the proliferation of off brand pharmaceuticals the industry as a whole is going through significant change. The pharma supply chain has encountered added pressure and has made many adaptations to...

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Barriers to a Strong Omni Channel Retail Strategy

As an omni channel retail strategy has become the industry standard, retailers are making significant changes in their supply chains and technology to ensure they can properly meet consumer expectations. The main aspect of omni channel retailing is the ability to...

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Online Buyer Behavior

Consumers have begun to leave the retail stores and started to go online. This forces retailers to adapt to the changes in buyer behavior, focusing more resources to online retail channels as well as their current brick and mortar retail channels. This has transformed...

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Retailer Capabilities

The retailing industry is making an extreme strategy change from that of even a few years ago. Due to the boom of mobile technology retailers have learned the hard way that they can no longer satisfy shoppers with the one single retail strategy or even multiple that...

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Retail Fulfillment Expectations

Online consumers are attempting to find differentiating factors between retailers now that the market has become so saturated with similar products or the same product offered by multiple retailers. One way consumers are choosing where to buy online is by the...

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Retail and Social Media

As the omni channel retail strategy is becoming more and more prevalent retailers are trying to determine the best tools to reach their customers. Their tech savvy consumers make up a larger portion of their target market than ever before. These consumers are taking...

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Changes in In-Store Shopping Behavior

While many retailers have seen a strong shift to online shopping rather than in store purchases, those that have truly developed and implemented an omni channel retail strategy have seen more consumers returning to their stores. One in three consumers bought more...

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