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July 27 2020
A large percentage of e-retailers in the US fulfill orders from a single distribution center. Not only does this strategy limit delivery speed and increase parcel shipping costs, it creates a... View More
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July 23 2020
It’s official: e-commerce and direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping are more than just trends and continue to steadily grow. For consumer goods importers and distributors on the fence, it’s... View More
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July 15 2020
Sustainability has earned its place among other social priorities like education and national security. Our actions over the next few years will define the long-term livability of earth. Taking quick... View More
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June 26 2020
There’s nothing more important right now than preparation, as evidenced by how COVID-19 took us by surprise. However, the upcoming peak season is a known occurrence (even though it could loo... View More
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June 24 2020
The challenges of 2020 so far, as the world battles the global pandemic of COVID-19, have been unprecedented. The past few years have offered many challenges for logistics professionals, such... View More
April 13 2020
Rice Lake, Wis.—Rice Lake Weighing Systems has acquired The Postea Group, a Boston-based developer and manufacturer of dimensioning equipment and software. Known for its... View More
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April 13 2020
If you’re like most retailers, you’ll do close to 40 percent of your business in Q4. And that number will probably grow: e-commerce sales during the 2019 holiday season rose 18.8 perce... View More
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April 10 2020
Turnover of your staff and associates is one of the most detrimental events in the distribution center. When someone quits, you lose the domain knowledge, procedural knowledge, and the l... View More
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March 26 2020
The introduction of Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) shipping complicates the traditional fulfillment model. Instead of sending full pallets directly to the retailer, distributors now must ship to var... View More
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March 16 2020
All of us make decisions about what tasks we are willing to do ourselves and what tasks we would rather hire someone else to do for us. Should we mow our own lawns, clean our own houses, change the oi
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March 9 2020
Our industry is seeing innovations that will change the way we operate the complete supply chain. Blockchain will improve transparency, reliability, and efficiency. Mobile robots are gaining t... View More
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March 6 2020
Mountain Rose Herbs, based in Eugene, OR, was founded in 1987 and today sells herbs, essential oils, and teas directly to the home consumer. On average, over 1,000 shipments a day leave their... View More
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Feb. 3 2020
This past fall, the US unemployment rate fell to near-historic lows of 3.5%. While that’s great news for the economy and for workers, it’s bad news for organizations who find themselves paying... View More
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Jan. 2 2020
The 2019 PARCEL Forum conference just concluded, and once again, I was impressed by the quality and diversity of the distribution center tours offered. First up was Saddle Creek Corporation, a... View More
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Oct. 7 2019
Last year, US shoppers spent a record $126 billion holiday shopping online — a 19.1% increase over 2017. The rise in e-commerce during the holidays stretches distribution centers and their employees
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Sept. 3 2019
The most common complaint that I hear as I travel to different distribution centers is, “We just can’t find good people.” Oftentimes, the complaint is warranted, but many times, it’s... View More
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Aug. 19 2019
New studies project that the worldwide retail e-commerce sales will reach a new high of $4.9 trillion by 2021. That is a 265% growth rate, and there are no signs of the growth lettin... View More
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June 24 2019
The rise in parcel and direct-to-consumer shipping has disrupted warehouse operations, increasing labor costs and value-added services. The continued growth in e-commerce sales, which totaled $5... View More
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