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Scott Hothem

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Footwear and Apparel Supply Chain: Making the Last Mile Difference

By 2018 over 1.35 billion online originated deliveries are expected to be made annually.  Clothing and footwear are expected to maintain the highest percentage of these deliveries.  As the volume of these orders continues to grow, so will the importance the last mile delivery.  The “last mile” is defined as the movement of people and goods from a transportation hub to the customer’s door.  With online retail making up 10% all purchases, supply chains have adapted to address the challenges of omni-channel fulfillment.  But as consumers discover more options, and demands in terms of speed, cost, and convenience increase, this last mile can create new obstacles.

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Addressing the Rise in the Automotive Aftermarket Supply Chain

The specialized parts sector within the automotive supply chain is currently growing at a rate of 8% each year.  Much of this growth is stemming from a rise in popularity in do it yourself auto restoration and repairs. 

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Barrett Distribution Centers Employees Honored with salesEquity’s Trusted Advisor Award

Acton, MA – July 18, 2017 – salesEquity and Barrett Distribution Centers announced the recipients of the inaugural Trusted Advisor Award.  This award is given to the top performers from 2016 and 2017.  This honor is for Barrett Distribution employees who have embraced the salesEquity 6 dimensions responsible for understanding their clients and developing the framework necessary to create a Trusted Advisor relationship.

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Online Shopping Fulfillment: 4 3PL Benefits

Online retail is still a new and challenging sector with increasing competition.  A third party logistics provider can be a valuable asset and resource to any e-commerce outlet.  Below are four benefits that a 3PL can provide for online retailers.

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Third Party Warehousing: Best Practices for E-Commerce Distribution

According to a recent Econsultancy survey, businesses have more tools, resources, and access than ever before to engage with their consumers to improve and track the customer experience.  At the same time, consumers have more power and choices to leverage prices, services, options, and communicate with and about your brand.  Both sides of these tangible technologies are creating specific new challenges in terms of order fulfillment and inventory management; placing a greater importance on the organization and structure of e-commerce distribution center operations.

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Auto Part Fulfillment: Integrating Distribution Center Automation

Have you ever worked on a jigsaw puzzle and been absolutely convinced that a piece should fit somewhere, but it just didn’t go?  The colors matched, the shape of the piece looked perfect for that spot, but for whatever reason, it just wasn’t meant to go where you thought it would.  Trying to force it, or “make it work” means that the puzzle will never be complete.  Systems integration inside your warehouse for materials handling automation is the same way.  With so many components that require a variety of input and communication to work effectively and accurately, it’s crucial to trust the experts when implementing automation.  Here are 4 tips when it comes to integrating materials handling automation within your warehouse.

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Omni-Channel Fulfillment: Three Ways to Improve Reverse Logistics

Going forward is fairly, well, straightforward.  Whether it’s driving or running; or something more involved like making an online purchase.  With the former you have vision and a direct, natural route to where you are going.  And with the latter, you are performing a familiar, explicit transaction.  But if you try and do either backwards, it easily becomes complicated.  This is especially true for reverse logistics and omni-channel fulfillment.  In fact, the typical forward logistics of managing these platforms and transactional demands can be a challenging ordeal, reversing it makes it even more complex. 

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Online Shopping Fulfillment: Make Your Data Work

Facebook became one the largest advertising platforms in the world by leveraging data.  After years of connecting you with your friends, family, and interests, the social media network became one of the biggest data aggregators ever.  By recognizing where you live, what TV shows you like, your favorite sports teams and music, and just about everything else in between, Facebook can offer advertisers a focused, qualified audience.  Now this information isn’t only available to major tech companies. E-commerce businesses of all sizes have access to their customers ordering behaviors and preferences; they just need to know how to use it. 

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Logistics for On-Line Retailers: 4 Ways a 3PL Helps Distribution

Online retailers have changed the way people shop.  In fact, 40% of males and 33% of females age 18-34; claim that they would buy everything online if possible.  Furthermore, by 2020 U.S. online sales are forecasted to eclipse $523 billion.  Not only are these new e-commerce avenues shaping the way consumers spend money, they are also directly impacting the traditional brick-and-mortar outlets.  Places like Target and Wal-Mart have both made major online overhauls and rolled out different shipping options and packages for their customers. 

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Lowering Auto Part Fulfillment Costs with Cloud Based Systems

You can watch your new favorite TV show on your phone, laptop, or TV.  You can listen to music in your car and let the best part of the song transition to your home stereo.  You can even take a picture let someone across the globe see it instantly.  Cloud technology has given us the ability to share and be mobile like never before.  It also has capabilities that go far beyond entertainment and convenience.  Cloud based systems also provide a great business value, especially when it comes to your auto part supply chain. 

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Logistics Hub Providers: 3 Tips for Selecting a WMS

When shopping for a car, your overall goal is to find a vehicle that fits your needs and preferences.  If you have kids you’ll want something with a lot of room like an SUV or a minivan.  If you travel a lot, a car with great fuel economy is a must.  If you carry a lot of materials or find yourself “off-road” often enough, you’ll be shopping for a truck.  Beyond that there are other niceties that are great, but may not be necessary.  On board WiFi, air conditioned seats, and more can all add value to your vehicle, but they also add to the price tag.  A warehouse management system can do the same thing.

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Holiday Fulfillment Preparation: 3 Tips for a Successful Supply Chain

Forrester Research forecasts that over $355 billion will be spent online this year, with significant upticks during the holiday season.  With such an increase in spending and a change in how consumers search and shop, optimizing your online fulfillment, warehousing, and transportation for the holiday season is essential.  It is these steps that cannot only make or break the busiest time of the year, but also go a long way in filling stockings, making parties merry, and helping Santa look like a genius. 

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