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Warehouse Management Systems: What Should You Consider?

Anytime you are thinking of making a large purchase, or an implementing a change that will affect your daily operation, there are a number of things that should be considered.  Whether it’s buying a car, putting in a pool or moving, there are financial and logistical elements that will influence your decision-making.  Will you get better gas mileage?  How will a pool influence your insurance policy? What will my commute be like if we move?  These are all very important factors.  The same is true when the time comes to implement or upgrade your WMS (Warehouse Management System).  A recent article from Modern Materials Handling outlines three questions you should ask when considering a WMS.  Read the article and find the answers here.

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Footwear Supply Chain Sustainability: Going Green for ROI

Each year Americans spend $20 billion on footwear.  The industry as a whole has grown over 4% in the past five years and that trend is expected to continue.  At the same time, the landscape for how consumers are shopping for and purchasing shoes has changed.  Shoppers now have more options, more demands that have resulted in shifting preferences from a focus on price to a focus on convenience.  This new criteria is forcing supply chains across all industries to shift priorities and resources to meet these demands.  Cost savings and operational efficiencies have taken a higher precedent than ever before.  Simultaneously, becoming more environmentally responsible has come to the forefront for many companies as well.  New technology, strategies and methods has made it not only possible for companies to turn their supply chains “green”, but also allowed them to capitalize on cost trimming opportunities and new process efficiencies. 

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Barrett Distribution Centers Named to the 2015 Inc. 500 | 5000 Fastest Growing Companies List

Franklin, MA – August 26, 2015- For the fourth consecutive year, Barrett Distribution Centers has been honored as part of the 2015 Inc. 500 | 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the nation.  This is Barrett’s seventh overall appearance on the list.  Prior honors include 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

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Consumer Electronics Fulfillment: LTL and Partial Truckload Shipping

The consumer electronics (CE) market hit an all-time high in revenue last year of $211.3 billion, a two percent increase from the previous year. CE is expected to grow again by over one to two percent this year as well.  Another exciting trend in this sector is the growing role that e-commerce is playing.  In 2012, the e-commerce channel accounted for $49 billion of CE sales.  That number is forecasted to eclipse $108 billion by 2018.  

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Fulfillment Transportation: The Outlook for a Long Term Plan

It is common knowledge that the United States’ interstate highway transportation infrastructure has fallen behind the times. Adding to this issue, freight traffic is expected to increase by 45% over the next 30 years, increasing the stress on the already deteriorating roads and bridges.  This will make it especially difficult on supply chains from coast-to-coast. While legislation has been discussed and small funding measures have been taken over the past few years, a wide reaching overhaul to bring our transportation model into the 21st century and beyond hasn’t been completed.  A recent article from Logistics Management details the latest federal outlook and what it could mean going forward.  To read the article, click here.

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Omni-Channel Logistics: Strategic Value From 3PLs

Capgemini recently reported that 72% of businesses intend to increase the amount of outsourced logistics services in the future.  A key catalyst behind this growth is the change in consumer demands and the increase in the amount of data being collected.  While this presents a great opportunity for both the companies and the 3PLs alike, it is also important for outsource logistics providers to deliver strategic value.  A recent article from Eye For Transport details how the emergence of omni-channel logistics is forcing retailers and manufacturers to adapt.  Read the article here.

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How Do Transportation Trends Relate to the Economy?

There are many metrics that can provide a 30,000 foot view of the state of the economy. Home sales, employment rate, and wage growth are all common metrics used to grade the commercial health of our country. But what can the actual movement of the goods we buy tell us about the direction the economy is moving? The first quarter of 2015 saw the U.S.’s GDP fall by 0.7%. This goes hand-in-hand with the smallest year-over-year gain in the monthly truck tonnage index in over 2 years. A recent article from DC Velocity explains what these shrinking transport numbers can mean for the nation’s economy as a whole. Read the article here.

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Food Logistics: How Global Factors Impact Risk

It is official; eggs are now more expensive than chicken. The U.S. Department of Agriculture cites that more than 47 million birds have been affected by the avian outbreak in the United States, almost 16% of the domestic egg laying population. Obviously, this is putting a tremendous strain on the egg supply chain, forcing the importation of eggs from Europe for the first time in over 10 years. Logistics Viewpoint recently published an article detailing exactly how this recent avian flu outbreak is impacting the egg supply chain. Read the article here.  

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E-Commerce Fulfillment: 2 Keys to Make Dimensional Weight an Advantage

Every now and again the rules to the games we play can change. Before 1979, there was no three-point line in the NBA. 36 years later, Steph Curry is a household name and just rewrote the record books for three-pointers made in the finals. While the core concept of the game has remain unchanged, new advantages are available for players and teams that choose to capitalize on them. Dimensional weight pricing can be a similar opportunity for e-commerce companies that are seeking a more cost-effective supply chain.

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Automotive Part Transportation: Optimizing Truckload

The truckload sector in the United States is a $337 billion market. This makes up nearly 37% of total freight transportation cost. Even in a competitive landscape where there are more shipping and transportation options and decreasing demand, rates for this vital element continue to rise.

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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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