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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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Omni-Channel Logistics: Answering Demands with Ship-From-Store

Technology has given us the ability to do just about anything from anywhere. From watching the latest “Game of Thrones” in the carpool lane to answering emails from the golf course, the way we use our unlimited access varies from person to person, much like the way we study, find and shop for products. However, one thing we all have in common (and technology may be partly to blame) is that we are busier than ever before. Because of this companies are creating new ways to push their product to you. Popular methods that are gaining traction are “ship-to-store” and “ship-from-store”. A recent article from Logistics Viewpoints explains how this is yet another example of omni-channel distribution. To read more, click here.

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Cosmetics Fulfillment and Automated Data Collection

Think back to only a few years ago. How much of your purchasing did you actually do in a store? Since then, has that activity grown or diminished? The likely answer is that you spend less time scanning shelves and standing in checkout lines than you once did. In fact, the number of online shoppers in the United States has grown by over 16.8% since 2010.

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Barrett Distribution Centers COO Interviewed on RadioEntreprenuers.com

Franklin, MA – May 11, 2015 – This week Tim Barrett, Chief Operating Officer of Barrett Distribution Centers, will be featured in an interview on RadioEntreprenuers.com. The interview will air Wednesday, May 13th, from 6pm-7pm and again from 9pm to 10pm EST. The interview will focus on the success of Barrett Distribution Centers as well as the story behind this third generation family business. Barrett also appeared on RadioEntrepreneurs.com in October of 2013.

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Why is B2B E-Commerce on Pace to Grow?

According to a new report from Forrester Research, e-commerce will account for 9.3 percent of B2B sales in 2015. That equals to a staggering $180 billion. Many reports show that this is just the beginning of what will continue to be massive growth on the e-commerce platform for business-to-business sales. While e-commerce has largely been dominated by B2C, a recent article from bizjournals.com explains why the business side will continue to expand. To read more, click here.

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Footwear Warehousing: 5 Facts About Improving Efficiency

For 83% of warehouse managers’ their top priority is to lower operations costs. This is up 5% from 2014 according to a Peerless Research Group Survey. This is not an unusual focus when you consider the massive shift occurring from brick & mortar retail to e-commerce. The footwear industry is a prime example. No longer is going to the mall for a pair of shoes a consumer’s first choice. Many consumers now prefer shopping from the comfort of their home or the convenience of a mobile device.

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Fulfillment Operations: Improving Picking with Wearable Technology

It’s amazing how much our vision can be enhanced. If you haven’t been to an optometrist in a while, you may not even realize what you’re missing. Even the slightest tweak in your prescription, or an upgrade to polarized sunglasses, can have a tremendous impact on your comfort and performance. Now imagine if you could add the power of a computer to your vision. In an effort to improve picking performance, a DHL facility in Europe did exactly that. A recent article from Logistics Viewpoints explains how utilizing resources like Google Glass increased productivity. To read more, click here.

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Big Data For Automotive Parts Fulfillment: The Six Sigma Effect

People are busier than ever. Any company’s success is largely based on how they fit into their consumer’s bustling schedule. This boils down to whether you can get your product to where your consumer needs it and most importantly when they want it. A perfect example of this is the major inconvenience of needing your car repaired. Whether it’s sitting in the driveway or waiting at the mechanic’s, getting the right parts to the right place is a must.

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The Logistical Impact of Low Fuel Prices

Long gone are the days of seeing double digit gas prices. Being able to fill up, grab a drink and a snack, pay with a $20 and still get change is a distant memory. However, recent months of lower gas prices have provided much needed relief to our wallets. On a grander scale, lower fuel prices have a direct effect on everything from food prices to shipping costs. A recent article from Trucker’s Logic lists out 6 ways that these lower gas prices impact carriers. Read more here.

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Retail Inventory Management: End-to-End Solutions for Lower Costs

Retail sales is facing more challenges and competition than ever before. Customers demand more options at lower prices from more places. Addressing how these demands affect your supply chain can be difficult, but ignoring effective inventory management can be just as costly.

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Warehouse Automation: An Investment You Can’t Afford NOT to Make

When Facebook went public in 2012, it made a lot of people very wealthy. The people that built the company were rewarded with shares that would one day make them millionaires, or even billionaires. Missing out on an investment like this could be devastating. Take Ronald Wayne, for example. Along with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Wayne co-founded Apple and earned a 10% stake in the company. Two weeks after Apple’s IPO, Wayne sold his shares for $800. Today, those same shares would be worth over $60 billion. When it comes to investments, timing and commitment are key. For supply chain and warehouse enhancement, the time is now and the investment is automation. A recent article in Logistics Viewpoint explains the importance of committing to warehouse automation. Read more here.

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Home Electronics Fulfillment: Enhancing the After-Sales Supply Chain

At long last, the day has finally come. Your brand new flat-screen television has arrived at your home and you excitedly cut open the packaging and set it up, the new focal point of your living room. Gone are the days of squinting because the picture is not clear. However, as you tune into the Master’s or your favorite movie, you begin to notice something isn’t quite right. The green of Augusta is a little too yellow, and the yellow brick road looks gray. While this is definitely a disappointing turn of events, for many customers, the trials and frustrations of the “after-the-sale” supply chain can be even more so.

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