December 23, 2016

This was a challenging year in our industry.

From January’s disruptive winter storms to Hanjin’s summer bankruptcy and the annual struggle to meet holiday delivery deadlines, not many months went by without significant upheaval.  It’s enough to have fulfillment managers breathing a sign of relief as we head into a New Year.

Supply chain trends rarely adhere to the calendar, of course. Some of the advancements that we expected in 2016 took longer to develop, while others arrived more quickly than anticipated.

Anticipating what comes next is never easy, but that’s our job and we’re happy to give you the best insights we can as another year comes to a close. Continue reading 6 Supply Chain Trends to Watch For in 2017

August 17, 2016

If you can’t beat them, buy them. It’s a concept familiar to many in the tech sector and it seems to be catching on in retail, if Walmart’s $3.3 billion Jet acquisition is anything to go by.

For anyone unfamiliar with Jet.com, it’s the online retail platform founded by Marc Lore, who previously sold diapers.com to none other than Amazon. Launched to the public little more than a year ago, Jet quickly racked up a reputation for deep discounts and rewards for consumers who bought in bulk. By leveraging extensive VC funding and the e-commerce expertise of its founder, the site was able to accelerate to a valuation of more than $1 billion in twelve months. Continue reading Walmart’s Jet Acquisition Will Spur on Amazon’s Fulfillment Plans

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)

March 5, 2016

If you work in or around our industry, February felt like a month dominated by e-commerce fulfillment news.

From the analysis of the 2015 holiday season and the huge role played by online sales to the big brand retailers grappling with their online strategies for the future, last month made it clear that delivering in the digital age is about more than having every product imaginable under one vast roof.

Continue reading Order Fulfillment in Review: February 2016

February 11, 2016

Early in the holidays, we examined the expectations of a record-breaking peak period for e-commerce during the 2015 sales season. These predictions proved to be the case as online sales soared, but not in the kind of even distribution across big brands that some analysts expected.

Far from being boom time for all the major retailers, it appears that Amazon once again dominated the holiday orders, leaving its competitors to fight it out for a distant second spot. The realization that they could be left behind is hitting household names like Walmart and Sears hard, as their strategic announcements during January clearly signal. Continue reading Retailers Revise Store Strategies After Record Holiday Sales Online