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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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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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OnBrand24 and Barrett Distribution Initiate Strategic Partnership

Franklin, MA and Beverly, MA - October 1, 2016

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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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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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What Can Cyber Monday Tell Us About the Future of Holiday Shopping?

For years the holiday shopping season unofficially kicked off on the day after Thanksgiving, a day that came to be known as “Black Friday.” Retailers have traditionally enticed customers into their stores on this day with massive sales and discounts. As “Black Friday” began to grow into the wee hours of Thursday, and the throngs of bargain hunters grew, another parallel to how consumers shop also exploded; e-commerce. Now, the calendar rolls from Black Friday into “Cyber Monday” (and as this year has shown, these online deals are extending past Monday through the entire first week of December).  But what does the growth of Cyber Monday and online shopping mean for the biggest spending season of the year?  Let’s look at a few statistics and trends.

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Holiday Fulfillment: Bringing Online and Offline Operations Together

As the holiday shopping season continues to get longer every year, consumers are now learning more, comparing more and shopping more and this poses a new host of challenges for retailers.  Last year retail sites saw a 51% increase in mobile visits between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Research also shows that 56% of all sales will at least be influenced by online activity.  Another obstacle that continues to grow each year is balancing the shipping demands of the shoppers with the increased competition and offerings from both, e-commerce retailers and traditional brick-and-mortar outlets.  With a busier spending season expected in 2015, a forecasted 3.7% increase this year (compared to the 10-year average of 2.5%), aligning your online offerings with your new in-store services is going to be crucial for a successful holiday season.

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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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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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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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