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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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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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