Order Fulfillment

Key Logistics Challenges E-Commerce Retailers Will Face This Peak Season
December 6, 2022 at 2:16 pm

E-commerce sales rose steadily the first half of 2022, with sales increasing 2.7 percent between Q1 and Q2. But even with the coming holiday sales surge, that trend might not continue. In fact, some reports predict that the number of online orders this holiday season will be down 5 percent compared to 2021. Why? And…

The Future of Retail Logistics Hinges on the Vertical Integration Model
November 8, 2022 at 11:53 am

Adapt or fail. That's a choice retailers are often forced to make given the pace of change in the world today — especially when it comes to logistics. It's more important now than ever for retail leaders to ensure critical aspects of business, like their fulfillment operations and last mile delivery, are streamlined. Fortunately, this…

Automating Your Retail Operation
November 7, 2022 at 11:22 am

Each and every day automation is changing the way in which we operate. Retail distribution and fulfillment centers understand this firsthand, as they're increasingly integrating automated solutions into their day-to-day operations as consumer demand continues to increase. A recent report from Futurum Research interviewed industry leaders and executives to gather their thoughts on the challenges…

Gearing Up for Peak Season: Critical Last-Mile Delivery
September 27, 2022 at 9:54 pm

Despite inflation chatter dominating economic discussions, U.S. container imports in August 2022 (the most recent data) were 2,529,042 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), which is up 18 percent from pre-pandemic August 2019. This is the first month since August 2020 that there has not been record imports vs. the previous year.  With the holiday shopping season fast…

5 Modern Advancements Revolutionizing Third-Party Logistics
September 20, 2022 at 10:33 am

Supply chains and logistics have seen seismic shifts forward in recent years. In 2020 alone, companies fast-tracked the digital transformation of their internal operations — and their customer and supply chain interactions — by three years to four years. The digitization of third-party logistics (3PL) providers began in the mid-90s, but the pandemic fueled progress…

Logistics 101: Order Fulfillment Challenges and Best Practices
August 24, 2022 at 6:12 pm

The COVID pandemic reshaped the world of e-commerce and, concurrently, consumer expectations. With most brick-and-mortar stores temporarily shuttered, consumers moved online en masse and found a revamped online shopping experience. One report found that the pandemic accelerated the global shift to e-commerce by five years. But now, as the world returns to “normal,” online retailers…

Last-Mile Strategies That Make Amazon Prime Day a Success
August 24, 2022 at 3:53 pm

Amazon Prime Day is globally recognized as one of if not the most successful e-commerce events in the world. This year’s Prime Day was Amazon.com's most successful event to date, with Prime members in more than 20 countries purchasing upwards of 300 million products in the mere span of 48 hours. With same- and next-day…

Same-Day and Scheduled Delivery Are Now Consumer Mandates. Are You Prepared?
August 11, 2022 at 10:50 am

To rise above the competition, whether online or in-store, retailers need to ensure their customer experience remains consistent throughout the shopping journey, all the way to the consumer’s front door. Recent reports indicate that “one in three shoppers now expects same-day delivery,” and that “90 percent of consumers now see two- or three-day delivery as the…

Amazon Announces Same-Day Delivery From Select Retail Brands
August 1, 2022 at 5:27 pm

Amazon.com announced on Monday that Prime members in some U.S. metro areas can now get same-day delivery from select retail stores. At launch, members in Atlanta; Chicago; Dallas; Las Vegas; Miami; Phoenix; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Seattle; and Washington, D.C. can shop from PacSun, GNC, SuperDry, and Diesel on the Amazon app and Amazon.com and receive their items the…

How Digital Frameworks Will Help Fix the Supply Chain Crisis
July 21, 2022 at 3:45 pm

The costs of the supply chain mess in the last two years have been staggering. Apart from the empty shelves of items like baby formula, consumers have had to pay a premium for cars and sometimes take the delivery of cars without certain parts and accessories. We've all read about the large number of ships…