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E-Commerce Logistics Trends: Amazon’s Same-Day Delivery

Amazon has always had the ability to disrupt. They’ve created services and offers we didn’t even know we wanted. They have been on the forefront as consumers shift from price conscious to value driven. Amazon Prime, a $99 annual subscription that grants members free two-day shipping on all orders, proves that consumers are placing a higher importance on convenience and access than cost. The next logical step is to make ordering and delivery even more streamlined. And while it was widely considered to be at least a few years away, same-day delivery is now being offered in 14 cities by Amazon. What does this new disruption mean for your e-commerce business? A recent article by Multichannel Merchant explains how to find the opportunity in this perceived “obstacle”. Read the entire article here.

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E-Commerce Fulfillment: Charting the Changing Landscape

$491.5 billion is expected to be spent online by 2018 in the U.S. To this point one company, Amazon, has contributed most of the disruption. However, in May, two of the world’s largest brands joined the party.

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Small Company Supply Chain: T & L Benefits

Transportation and logistics is a critical element for businesses of all sizes. For small and medium-sized businesses, logistics services can make up a substantial portion of their operating costs and can be the difference between making and losing money. Just as a small pizza shop likely won’t invest resources in raising crops in order to make tomato sauce, lean companies do not commit resources to activities not in their core competency. Many small to medium-sized businesses face similar obstacles when it comes to managing their own transportation and logistics processes. In the latest issue of Inc., multiple logistics experts weigh in on recent trends impacting businesses of this size. Barrett Distribution COO, Tim Barrett lends insight into the T & L advantages that third-party partners can provide. Read the article here.  

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Food and Beverage Supply Chain Technology Security

Think of all of the different passwords you type each day. One for your work email, personal email, bank account, to get into your phone and don’t forget about logging into Facebook, Pandora and Netflix. There is no denying the importance of data security today with the massive amounts of personal information we store and access electronically. It has become fairly routine, simple and effective to manage our personal access points on our different devices, but when it comes to the expanding Internet of Things (IoT), supply chain management is much more complex.

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Keep the Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management in Mind

Today, we have capabilities that allow us to do things faster, farther and better. But at the end of the day, the ultimate objective remains the same as it did decades ago. Take the game of golf for example. For hundreds of years, the spirit and rules of the game have remained the same; get this little ball in the little hole with as few strokes as possible. But today the PGA projects that American golfers will spend over $35 billion a year on golf (apparel, lessons, training aids, equipment, greens fees, etc.). So with so many resources out there it is easy to get bogged down in the minutia of everything that’s available, but the objective is the same…put the ball in the hole. Supply chain management can fall into this same trap.

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Sustainable Supply Chains and Their Advantages

We’ve all heard those stories from our grandparents. The ones that begin by walking up hill to school in a snowstorm and end by walking home, uphill in a snow storm. Now, ignoring the physical impossibility of these tales, similar comparisons can be found between every generation. Take the competitive comparison of first cars. Today, a first car will likely have an automatic transmission. This can only mean someone somewhere is reminiscing about how they had to learn on a “stick”. But these same grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles have transitioned from a “that would be nice to have” attitude, to “this is a must have” standpoint and couldn’t imagine having a car without an automatic transmission today.

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Apparel & Clothing Fulfillment: Streamlining the Warehouse

In a market with increased competition and stringent demands, anything that can create speed and, reduce costs is highly valuable. The apparel market in the United States is expected to grow from $225 billion in 2012 to $285 billion by 2025. This significant amount of growth means that clothing companies will be expected to move more inventory, quicker and more accurately at lower costs. There is one key development within the warehouse that can make this tall task possible: mobile technology.

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Investing in Supply Chain Technology

There is always something new to invest in if you are trying to grow your company. Investment can take many forms: infrastructure, human capital, training, the list goes on. In recent years, technology has been the crux of new investments, driving companies to search for flexible solutions to business problems. The goal when investing for most companies is to invest in scalable technologies that can keep pace with your company’s sales growth. Currently there are some major changes that are influencing supply chain technology and spurring new investments. A recent article from Logistics Viewpoints outlines these latest developments. Click here to read more.

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Oil Filter Fulfillment: Using Supply Chain Software to Improve Efficiency

Bottlenecks can ruin your day.

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Retail E-Commerce Challenges: How Are Big Companies Reacting?

Arguably one of the largest catalysts for developing e-commerce in recent years has been Amazon Prime. Prime is a subscription based service from Amazon. With a cost of $99 a year, subscribers get free 2-day shipping as well access to other services like free photo storage, music streaming and more. According to RBC, Amazon Prime has between 30 and 40 million subscribers in the United States. That accounts for 10% of the nation’s population. Recently the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart announced a plan to roll out an unlimited shipping plan for $50 a year. This plan would give shoppers access to millions of items along with guaranteed delivery within 3 days. As more and more people are opting for the convenience and affordability of shopping online, here are 5 ways that e-commerce is making it easier than ever to buy the products you want.  

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Maximizing Cash Through the Supply Chain

The bottom line for all businesses is exactly that, the bottom line. Discovering ways to find and save money are more important than ever before. How you manage bringing in money and then how it is spent can be quite a challenge. Supply chain management can play a major role in balancing account receivables with account payables.   A recent article from Logistics Viewpoints details how the supply chain can be a main factor in keeping the cash flowing. To read more, click here.

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Third Party Logistics Strategies: Growing Without Investors

In the age we live in - where IPO’s dominate the Wall Street Journal and television shows like Shark Tank rule the ratings - it’s easy to forget that there are other ways to grow a business. With calculated risks and a strategy to keep debt-to-equity ratios low, an evergreen business model can thrive without the influence of investors. A recent interview by the Tugboat Institute features a company following this model to success. To read the interview about a family owned third-party logistics company and the decisions that have helped them grow from a $600,000 company to a $55 million enterprise, click here.  

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