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How to Achieve Fulfillment Center Sustainability

With more economic pressures and market volatility impacting businesses across all industries, creating initiatives to attract new customers and retain existing ones has never been more difficult. The rise of e-commerce and an increasing number of competitors makes finding differentiators and efficiencies all the more important.  One implementation that can achieve both of these goals is “going green”, or instituting sustainable measures. 

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Innovate Your Fulfillment Center

Innovation continues to drive many of the new advancements that we enjoy today.  In the past few decades alone, we have progressed from pagers to cell phones and now to smart phones, we have more computing power in our pockets than NASA did when they put a man on the moon.  Speaking of which, we put a man on the moon, now we have companies designing and testing retrievable rockets and making strides on a manned mission to Mars.  It is the constant motive to innovate that has led to the groundbreaking developments.  The same is true for business as it is in life, commercial innovations will lead to major operational breakthroughs.  What better place to begin than with your fulfillment center?  There are a number of strategies that can be implemented in the heart of your supply chain that will result in lower costs, higher efficiency and more accuracy.  A recent article from Multichannel Merchant outlines 6 ways to innovate your fulfillment practices.  Follow this link to read more about fulfillment operation innovations.

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Retail Omni-Channel Logistics: What Does Macy’s News Mean?

Sometimes when giant corporations make an announcement or negative information is made public it can essentially show that the “writing is on the wall” for the industry.  The accounting fraud perpetuated by Enron that made headlines in 2001 led the way for other major economic scandals from Worldcom and Tyco.  The recent news from Macy’s, while not scandal related, could signal lead the way for similar changes in their industry. The retail giant recently announced that they would be closing dozens of brick and mortar stores around the country.  However, while it could be assumed that this is a red herring for major retail outlets, quite the opposite is true.  In November and December of 2015 macys.com and bloomingdales.com had 17 million orders.  This was a 25% increase over the same time period in 2014.  A recent article from Multichannel Merchant details what Macy’s recent announcement means for the state of omni-channel logistics.  Click this link to read more about omnichannel logistics.

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Barrett Distribution Centers Named a Multichannel Merchant Top 3PL for 2016

Franklin, MA – January 7, 2016 – Barrett Distribution Centers has been named a Multichannel Merchant Top 3PL for 2016, part of a list of leading third-party logistics providers selected by the editors of Multichannel Merchant.

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Barrett Distribution Opening 2nd Fulfillment Center in New Jersey

Barrett Distribution Centers is excited to announce the opening of our second fulfillment center in Somerset, New Jersey.

We will begin operations in this "Class A, Food Grade" 140,000 SF warehouse in early 2016.

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Cosmetics Warehousing and Fulfillment:  Cloud Based TMS

Recent technological advancements over the last five years have made it possible for all of your pictures and music to now live in the cloud.  Drastic security upgrades and wider access to this platform means you can access just about anything digital from just about anywhere.  Not only does this mean that Grandma can see video from the most recent soccer game from across the country or that you can watch your favorite TV show on the plane without carrying DVDs around, but it also means that your TMS can leverage the flexibility, scalability and benefits of the cloud.  There are several advantages that a cost-effective, cloud-based transportation management system can offer.  A recent article from Logistics Viewpoints highlights these benefits and more.  Click here to read more about cloud based TMS.

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Retail Logistics: 10 Consumer Spending Trends and Statistics

Every year forecasts are calculated to predict how all of the different elements of the economy will impact the busiest shopping time of the year.  While positive trends can be encouraging, (year-over-year spending increases, shopping levels exceeding pre-recession norms, etc.) taking a deeper dive into new consumer behaviors, preferences and trends can be even more valuable. 

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Clothing and Apparel Warehousing Modernization

Infrastructure will always be a major, yet necessary investment for any business.  Nowadays, new technology makes improvements a more efficient and affordable task, but at the end of the day it still requires a large amount of capital and resources.  However, much like you don’t watch the same TV or even the same channels you did 30 years ago, your warehouse shouldn’t operate on decades old design and technology either. 

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Retail Fulfillment and Delivery: The Last Mile Challenge

Have you ever had a day on the golf course where you are long off the tee, finding every fairway, striking your irons and knocking down pins; but when you step on the green everything changes?  Whether it’s the yips, misreading the break, or just plain bad luck, your putter won’t let you take that final step toward a birdie, or even a par on the scorecard.  Your supply chain could be feeling a similar frustration when it comes to last mile delivery. 

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What Can Cyber Monday Tell Us About the Future of Holiday Shopping?

For years the holiday shopping season unofficially kicked off on the day after Thanksgiving, a day that came to be known as “Black Friday.” Retailers have traditionally enticed customers into their stores on this day with massive sales and discounts. As “Black Friday” began to grow into the wee hours of Thursday, and the throngs of bargain hunters grew, another parallel to how consumers shop also exploded; e-commerce. Now, the calendar rolls from Black Friday into “Cyber Monday” (and as this year has shown, these online deals are extending past Monday through the entire first week of December).  But what does the growth of Cyber Monday and online shopping mean for the biggest spending season of the year?  Let’s look at a few statistics and trends.

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Third Party Logistics:  Preparing for Holiday Order Fulfillment

As the season turns to autumn and Thanksgiving is on the horizon, it could mean only one thing, the holiday shopping season is right around the corner.  With a projected 3.7% increase in holiday retail sales expected, the time to prepare for these influx of orders is running low.  With omni-channel fulfillment playing a larger role and e-commerce continuing to grow, preparing the logistics of your holiday warehousing, transportation and order fulfillment is now more important than ever.  A recent article from Logistics Viewpoints outlines how some major shippers are preparing for the quickly approaching holiday season.  Read about holiday season prep here.

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Warehouse Technology: How Robots are Saving Companies Money

It is no secret that time and money are two of the most essential resources for any business and this holds true for e-commerce companies.  With the holidays quickly approaching any advantage that can create more time and/or save money will be a welcomed differentiator.  Now, something that does both has arrived and it comes in the shape of a robot.  Not necessarily the robots you see in movies, but these can be just as impressive; and they are changing the way warehouses operate.  A recent article Yahoo Finance details the growing robotics sector.  Read the article on new warehouse technology here.

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