Fulfillment & Third Party Logistics Blog

E-Commerce Retail Fulfillment: Wal-Mart’s New Plan

On the ongoing race to catch Amazon, Wal-Mart is evolving its “ShippingPass” program to include free two-day shipping.  It was less than a year ago that the world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer, along with a revamped online presence, tried its hand at a subscription-based e-commerce platform.  Originally ShippingPass was going to offer unlimited, three-day shipping for a $50 annual fee.

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E-Commerce Fulfillment: Meeting the Need for More Speed

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.  This is Newton’s third law of physics and it is quickly becoming the golden rule for e-commerce retailers.  The action, and popularity, of Amazon Prime’s two-day delivery is forcing online outlets to reconsider how they are investing in and organizing their distribution centers.  The reaction is an increased dedication to enhanced technology and a proliferation of facilities that are closer to large geographic concentrations of customers.    

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Barrett Distribution Centers to be Honored at SmartCEO’s Future 50 Awards

Boston, MA- May 19, 2016 - Barrett Distribution Centers, a third party logistics company based in Franklin, MA will be recognized by SmartCEO at the annual Future 50 Awards in June.  This program recognizes Greater Boston’s 50 fastest-growing mid-sized companies that have experienced outsized growth based on a combined three-year average of revenue and employee growth.  The 2016 Future 50 winners collectively generated nearly $3.4 billion in annual revenue and employ more than 12,400 individuals.

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Barrett Distribution Centers named to the first-ever Inc. Best Workplaces Awards

New York, NY (May 25, 2016) – Franklin, MA based Barrett Distribution Centers has been listed to Inc.’s inaugural 50 Best Workplaces, the first such measurement of American companies with up to 500 employees that deploy state-of-the-art techniques to keep their staff happy and productive.

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The Benefits of a 3PL for E-Commerce Retailers

Small businesses are an integral piece to the communities they serve.  They offer a familiar face, a local product, jobs, and personalized service that are often lost with large corporations.  However, in this new age of e-commerce, your favorite neighborhood store can reach far beyond its community and the confines of its brick-and-mortar walls.  Achieving scalability for regional, national and even international distribution used to require resources only available to large national brands. That is no longer the case, and with the help from a third party logistics provider (3PL), small to medium-sized business (SMB’s) can deliver the same online and fulfillment experience to their customers as major enterprises.  A recent article from Inbound Logistics details some of the key benefits a 3PL can offer to small businesses.  Click this link to read more about 3PL’s and SMB’s.

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Retail Omni-Channel Logistics: Improving Warehouse Space and Fulfillment

Retail Omni-Channel Logistics: Improving Warehouse Space and FulfillmentThinking outside the box has become a cliché statement.  It’s still important but has become so overused it has almost lost its meaning.  However when it comes to warehouse optimization and supply chain efficiency, it may be the most appropriate thing to say.  Thinking outside of the box, specifically, what is under, over, and next to the box can provide the opportunity to address the speed and demand of omni-channel logistics.  Rack, shelving, and storage space has become the next frontier for fulfillment centers.  While it brings new challenges like maximizing space and worker safety, it also offers opportunities for new cost savings and efficiencies. 

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How Can Analytics and Metrics Improve Your Supply Chain?

How Can Analytics and Metrics Improve Your Supply Chain?Have you ever stopped at a restaurant or a store for something very specific only to find that they didn’t have it?  This can be incredibly frustrating and by leveraging analytics, it can also be easily avoided.  By paying attention to what’s going on when normal demand and purchasing signals are lacking, these missed opportunities, for your business and your customers, can be avoided.  A recent article from Inbound Logistics details the different types of analytics that your supply chain can use to improve customer service.  Read the entire article by clicking here.

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3PL Retail Warehousing and Transportation: Making the Most of Your Space

3PL Retail Warehousing and Transportation: Making the Most of Your SpaceTo say that the way we do business has changed in the past few years would be an understatement.  The truth is, businesses across the board and across the globe have transitioned with technology to meet new consumer buying habits and demands.  The emergence of smartphones, tablets and cloud-based, subscription-driven programming (Netflix, HBOGo, Hulu, etc.) is forcing a shift for networks and cable providers.  Spotify and Pandora are also disrupting the music recording industry.  The truth is consumers are less concerned with owning an item as long as they have access to it.  They are willing to pay a smaller fee and forego the tangible good (CD, DVD, etc.).  This now even extends to retail outlets that are now operating in ways that weren’t even conceived 15 years ago. This is opening new opportunities for businesses to gain advantages on the retail fulfillment side as well.

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E-Commerce Fulfillment Solutions: Free vs. Speed

E-Commerce Fulfillment Solutions: Free vs. SpeedDuring the iconic scene from Back to the Future where Marty McFly performs a head banging, amp-kicking guitar solo that caught the 1955 teenagers off guard, it was quite clear that he didn’t understand what his audience wanted.  There is a lesson to be learned here 61 years later in the world of e-commerce.  One of the biggest challenges for e-commerce retailers is meeting the fulfillment and delivery demands of their consumers while staying competitive. 

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The Importance of Packaging for E-Commerce Fulfillment

In the increasingly competitive world of e-commerce, controlling costs is essential.  Remaining efficient while keeping operations costs down is what allows for lower prices and quicker delivery options.  While advanced software, warehouse automation and other technological elements are very important and helpful, one often overlooked aspect of e-commerce fulfillment is packaging, and this can be an expensive oversight.  A recent editorial in Modern Materials Handling discusses how costly packaging can be in your supply chain.  Read the article here.

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E-Commerce Fulfillment: The Advantages of Cloud, Mobile and Omni-Channel

Global B2B e-commerce is expected to eclipse over $6.5 trillion by 2020.  Yes that’s trillion.  In the shorter term, we’ve seen major retailers like Wal-Mart take a new approach and make a renewed commitment to their online platform.  The e-commerce momentum that closed out 2015 (Internet Retailer projected North American e-commerce sales of $375.89 billion in 2015) is only expected to increase more rapidly in 2016.  As this new market drives toward that $6 trillion forecast, there are three major factors that are garnering more influence when it comes to B2B e-commerce success.

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The Positive Outlook for Logistics in 2016

The Positive Outlook for Logistics in 2016With the beginning of each new year it is important to take a long range look at the landscape and attempt to understand what the next 12 months will have in store.  It is these forecasts and prognostications that help us to prepare accordingly for what is to come.  It is essential to pay attention to new legislation, economic trends and technological developments that help to bring the outlook for supply chains into focus.  DC Velocity’s 8th Annual Outlook Survey shows a bright forecast for 2016.  Read the entire logistics survey and learn more about what logistics professionals are expecting for the year ahead.

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