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Scott Hothem

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3 Ways to Streamline Reverse Logistics [Infographic]

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Keeping Your Automotive Part Supply Chain Running

The automotive part supply chain is growing and changing rapidly.  From warehousing to fulfillment to transportation, this high velocity sector needs to be well managed from a distribtuion standpoint.  This video explains how to leverage logistics strategies to provide the best service possible.

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Food Product Fulfillment: 3 Ways to Protect Perishables

Getting the right product to the right location at the right time is crucial in any type of supply chain.  However it is absolutely critical when it comes to the fulfillment, distribution, and transportation of perishable goods.  Each partner in the supply chain from producers to distributors to retailers needs to have specific inventory strategies to ensure the safety and quality of each item.  Here are three ways to safeguard your perishable food supply chain.

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Flexible Fulfillment Services: Developing an E-Commerce Strategy

Businesses used to mail out catalogs to consumers.  Each season, something new, bigger than a phonebook and full of glossy pages that featured every size and style you could imagine arrived on your doorstep. 

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How Dimensional Weight and Protective Packing Costs impact E-Commerce

Keeping a logistics budget on plan in an e-commerce world can be a complicated task.  It requires on demand forecasting and real-time accounting for changes in fulfillment related expenses and customer expectations.  The recent change in dimensional weight charges is a prime example of a circumstance that directly impacts budgeting and operations, especially for e-commerce companies. 

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Distribution Centers in Los Angeles: 3 E-Commerce Warehouse Ideas

The growth of e-commerce has continued to increase, and with it, so have the challenges posed by omni-channel fulfillment.  In fact, the third quarter of 2016 saw online sales account for 11.3% of total retail sales; this was up from 10.9% in the second quarter.  With no signs of slowing and with this sector taking a larger piece of overall sales, the time has come for your warehouse and fulfillment center to adapt as well.

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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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