November 14, 2016

The market for warehouse space is looking up. Literally, in fact, as companies seeking storage facilities closer to cities are hoping to get more for their money by building multi-story facilities.

Following a concept that is already popular in Asia and Europe, Prologis announced last week that it would bring its first multi-level warehouse to the U.S. Located near Seattle, the facility will have three floors and a square footage of 580,000.

All that space will be needed, as market forces combine to stretch the supply of commercial real estate and add another fulfillment challenge for brands.
Continue reading Warehouse Operators Look to the Skies for Additional Storage

October 23, 2016

Deciding when to outsource order fulfillment is a tough choice for any company. As we’ve covered in the past, there are a number of questions to ask before outsourcing. Once the decision has been made that using a third party service is the correct path for your organization, it’s time to consider the right questions to ask a fulfillment provider on your shortlist.

In our industry, that’s not quite as easy as you might expect. The exponential growth of e-commerce and the shifting purchase habits of consumers make the need for an experienced and flexible provider more important than ever.

The questions we’ll recommend today will help you uncover whether or not the fulfillment services that make your shortlist are ready to handle the demands of your business.
Continue reading 5 Crucial Questions to Ask a Fulfillment Provider

July 14, 2016

If you’re up to speed with the latest supply chain headlines, you’ll know by now that storage costs are on the rise.

As a proportion of operating expenses, holding inventory is a significant contributor. Retailers are especially vulnerable to excessive storage costs, which makes it all the more difficult to see the price rising after many years of relative stability.

There’s never a bad time to explore ways to save money and improve efficiency, which is exactly what we’ll do today in terms of reducing inventory holding costs. Continue reading Inventory Holding Costs (and How to Handle Them)

June 3, 2016

May is a month of preparation for the fulfillment business. We’re still some way out from our busiest time of year, but getting set for up peak season is top of mind for most providers. 

With all the preparation required for the busiest shipping period of the year, it’s easy to miss the news and analysis that affect our industry. As we move into June, let’s take a second to reflect on the important supply chain stories of last month and what they mean for the industry as a whole. Continue reading Order Fulfillment in Review: May 2016

December 31, 2015

As another year draws to a close, we always like to review the many posts we’ve written on order fulfillment, logistics news and supply chain analysis. It gives us a chance to find out which were most widely read – or received the most positive feedback – and share the best articles with you once again in a single place.

After running the numbers and reading the feedback, the posts below bubbled up as the best of the bunch. Let us know which you liked (and what you’d like to see more of in 2016.

Happy New Year! Continue reading Our 5 Most Popular Supply Chain Articles of 2015