Warehouse Management

Home Depot to Add New Distribution Centers, Hire 1,000 Workers
August 4, 2020 at 3:56 pm

Home Depot announced Tuesday that it will open three distribution centers in the Atlanta area over the next 18 months to keep up with rising customer expectations for fast order deliveries, which have only been amplified since the pandemic. Home Depot has scrambled to meet customers’ demand for speed and convenience. It began rolling out curbside…

Apparel Industry Puts Blockchain to the Test to Solve Persistent Challenges
August 3, 2020 at 1:04 pm

While retail industry innovation efforts may be paused during this unprecedented time of social distancing and economic turmoil, a study involving blockchain, radio frequency identification (RFID), and global data standards provided a glimpse into the potentially remarkable capabilities of emerging technology to help solve supply chain challenges. Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, the Auburn University…

Amazon to Offer Permanent Roles to 125,000 New Hires
May 28, 2020 at 5:47 pm

Amazon.com plans to offer permanent jobs to about 70 percent of the U.S. workforce it has hired temporarily to meet consumer demand during the coronavirus pandemic, the company told Reuters on Thursday. The world’s largest online retailer will begin telling 125,000 warehouse employees that they can keep their roles longer term. The remaining 50,000 workers…

COVID-19 Begins to Impact Retailers' E-Commerce Operations
March 23, 2020 at 4:47 pm

Retail organizations began taking necessary steps in the last couple of weeks to protect their employees and customers from the growing spread of the coronavirus by closing their brick-and-mortar stores. Now certain retailers are taking the further step of closing their e-commerce sites as states' stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders are preventing them from fulfilling online orders. For example,…

Top 5 Trends Influencing E-Commerce Fulfillment in 2020
January 27, 2020 at 12:13 pm

As e-commerce evolves, customer expectations to get what they want — when, where, and how they want it — will only continue to intensify and further challenge brands in 2020 and beyond. The times when search and price were the only criteria for purchasing decisions are gone, and retailers today need airtight e-commerce strategies that…

Ikea to Close Only US Factory, Cut Jobs
July 19, 2019 at 10:26 am

Ikea plans to close its only U.S. factory site and shift operations to Europe. The Swedish furniture company’s Danville, Virginia, manufacturing facility will close in December, cutting about 300 jobs, The Wall Street Journal reported. The company said its production costs in Europe will be lower and that importing the goods will make its products more affordable in North America,…

Amazon Workers Plan Prime Day Strike at Minnesota Warehouse
July 9, 2019 at 9:50 am

Amazon.com warehouse workers in Minnesota plan to strike during the online retailer’s summer sales extravaganza, a sign that labor unrest persists even after the company committed to paying all employees at least $15 an hour last year. Workers at a Shakopee, Minnesota, fulfillment center plan a six-hour work stoppage on July 15, the first day…

The Holidays Might Be Behind Us, But Peak Season Logistics Challenges Are Far From Over
March 14, 2019 at 10:32 am

As 2019 continues, many retailers are preparing for a post-season pause and an off-peak lull. However, others must plan for peak periods that go beyond the traditional holiday season. Different types of companies experience seasonal peaks at different times of the year, and even “micro-peaks” throughout the year. Whether, for example, it’s New Year’s galvanizing…

How to Prepare Your Warehouse for Changing Fulfillment Roles
November 28, 2018 at 10:10 am

According to the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Future of Jobs report, machines will eliminate 75 million jobs by 2022. However, robotics will also lead to 133 million new jobs, many of which will require new skills. The biggest question now: how will today’s employees adapt to tomorrow’s technologies? Unfortunately for warehouses and fulfillment centers in…