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Scott Hothem

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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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Online Apparel Fulfillment: What Do Consumers Want This Holiday Season?

Consumers have changed the way they shop, and with this change in behavior and expectations has arrived a landscape littered with loaded shopping carts.  Not literally of course, but digitally.  In fact, a BI Intelligence report shows that over $4 trillion worth of items are left in online shopping carts each year.  Why so much?  The top reason stated was due to unexpected shipping costs.  This holiday season, streamlined operations can result in reduced shipping costs and ideally higher online conversions. 

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Los Angeles Fulfillment Services:  Making Your Supply Chain Sustainable

“Going Green” is no longer just a catchy slogan for a pie-in-the-sky ideal of taking environmentally safe actions, for many businesses, and specifically supply chains, it offers a chance to meet strategic initiatives.  While “green” was originally meant to signify Earth friendly decisions, the platforms and implementations that promote a sustainable supply chain have revealed another type of green, the type that looks good on your bottom line.  Managing sustainability has become a major priority for CEO’s across all industries.  Aligning sustainable efforts with organizational goals is increasing cost savings and efficiencies, all while helping the environment. 

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Memphis Warehousing: The Differences in B2B and B2C E-Commerce

College football and the NFL have a lot in common, but there are also some differences that impact the game on and off the field.  Catching a ball with one foot in bounds is legal in the collegiate game, but would be an incompletion in the pros.  This rule and others help determine practice, strategy, and execution.  As fall approaches and teams take to the gridiron, the subtle differences will soon be on display on Saturdays and Sundays.  There are similar subtleties between B2B and B2C e-commerce operations.  Recognizing these differences and understanding what these different types of consumers value, prefer, and need can improve your e-commerce platform.

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