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Barrett Distribution Centers Named to the 2016 Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Companies List

Franklin, MA – August 17, 2016- For the fifth consecutive year, Barrett Distribution Centers has been honored as a part of the 2016 Inc. 500 | 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the nation.  This is Barrett’s eighth appearance on the list.  Prior honors include 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.  The Inc. 500 | 5000 List will be unveiled in the September issue of Inc. Magazine. 

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Barrett Distribution Centers Opening Facility in Montebello, California

Franklin, MA- August 1, 2016- Barrett Distribution Centers is excited to announce the opening of their third fulfillment center in California.  The new center in Montebello, California is located at 901 Union Street.  This new facility complements the existing Pico Rivera logistics center and is ideal for high volume retail distribution, omni-channel logistics, e-commerce fulfillment and value added warehousing services.

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3PL News: What 1st Quarter’s Retail Sales Mean for the Rest of 2016

It’s hard to predict how a movie will end after only seeing the first 30 minutes.  And a baseball game can change with the swing of a bat, no matter how the first three innings go.  However, with decades of data and trends, analyzing a year’s first quarter retail sales can provide some valuable insight to the state of the economy. 

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Food Supply Chain Technology: Increasing Warehouse IT

In an industry where time is of the essence, implementing measures that increase speed and efficiency are taking a much higher priority.  The main way companies are achieving a more streamlined supply chain is through technology.  A recent survey performed by Zebra Technologies Corporation showed that over 40% of IT and warehouse operations professionals cite shorter delivery times as a key motivator for technology investment.

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E-Commerce Retail Fulfillment: Wal-Mart’s New Plan

On the ongoing race to catch Amazon, Wal-Mart is evolving its “ShippingPass” program to include free two-day shipping.  It was less than a year ago that the world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer, along with a revamped online presence, tried its hand at a subscription-based e-commerce platform.  Originally ShippingPass was going to offer unlimited, three-day shipping for a $50 annual fee.

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E-Commerce Fulfillment: Meeting the Need for More Speed

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  This is Newton’s third law of physics and it is quickly becoming the golden rule for e-commerce retailers.  The action, and popularity, of Amazon Prime’s two-day delivery is forcing online outlets to reconsider how they are investing in and organizing their distribution centers.  The reaction is an increased dedication to enhanced technology and a proliferation of facilities that are closer to large geographic concentrations of customers.    

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Barrett Distribution Centers to be Honored at SmartCEO’s Future 50 Awards

Boston, MA- May 19, 2016 - Barrett Distribution Centers, a third party logistics company based in Franklin, MA will be recognized by SmartCEO at the annual Future 50 Awards in June.  This program recognizes Greater Boston’s 50 fastest-growing mid-sized companies that have experienced outsized growth based on a combined three-year average of revenue and employee growth.  The 2016 Future 50 winners collectively generated nearly $3.4 billion in annual revenue and employ more than 12,400 individuals.

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Barrett Distribution Centers named to the first-ever Inc. Best Workplaces Awards

New York, NY (May 25, 2016) – Franklin, MA based Barrett Distribution Centers has been listed to Inc.’s inaugural 50 Best Workplaces, the first such measurement of American companies with up to 500 employees that deploy state-of-the-art techniques to keep their staff happy and productive.

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The Benefits of a 3PL for E-Commerce Retailers

Small businesses are an integral piece to the communities they serve.  They offer a familiar face, a local product, jobs, and personalized service that are often lost with large corporations.  However, in this new age of e-commerce, your favorite neighborhood store can reach far beyond its community and the confines of its brick-and-mortar walls.  Achieving scalability for regional, national and even international distribution used to require resources only available to large national brands. That is no longer the case, and with the help from a third party logistics provider (3PL), small to medium-sized business (SMB’s) can deliver the same online and fulfillment experience to their customers as major enterprises.  A recent article from Inbound Logistics details some of the key benefits a 3PL can offer to small businesses.  Click this link to read more about 3PL’s and SMB’s.

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Retail Omni-Channel Logistics: Improving Warehouse Space and Fulfillment

Retail Omni-Channel Logistics: Improving Warehouse Space and FulfillmentThinking outside the box has become a cliché statement.  It’s still important but has become so overused it has almost lost its meaning.  However when it comes to warehouse optimization and supply chain efficiency, it may be the most appropriate thing to say.  Thinking outside of the box, specifically, what is under, over, and next to the box can provide the opportunity to address the speed and demand of omni-channel logistics.  Rack, shelving, and storage space has become the next frontier for fulfillment centers.  While it brings new challenges like maximizing space and worker safety, it also offers opportunities for new cost savings and efficiencies. 

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How Can Analytics and Metrics Improve Your Supply Chain?

How Can Analytics and Metrics Improve Your Supply Chain?Have you ever stopped at a restaurant or a store for something very specific only to find that they didn’t have it?  This can be incredibly frustrating and by leveraging analytics, it can also be easily avoided.  By paying attention to what’s going on when normal demand and purchasing signals are lacking, these missed opportunities, for your business and your customers, can be avoided.  A recent article from Inbound Logistics details the different types of analytics that your supply chain can use to improve customer service.  Read the entire article by clicking here.

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3PL Retail Warehousing and Transportation: Making the Most of Your Space

3PL Retail Warehousing and Transportation: Making the Most of Your SpaceTo say that the way we do business has changed in the past few years would be an understatement.  The truth is, businesses across the board and across the globe have transitioned with technology to meet new consumer buying habits and demands.  The emergence of smartphones, tablets and cloud-based, subscription-driven programming (Netflix, HBOGo, Hulu, etc.) is forcing a shift for networks and cable providers.  Spotify and Pandora are also disrupting the music recording industry.  The truth is consumers are less concerned with owning an item as long as they have access to it.  They are willing to pay a smaller fee and forego the tangible good (CD, DVD, etc.).  This now even extends to retail outlets that are now operating in ways that weren’t even conceived 15 years ago. This is opening new opportunities for businesses to gain advantages on the retail fulfillment side as well.

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