Warehouse Management

Retail Logistics Trends: Challenges of 2023, Opportunities for 2024
December 11, 2023 at 3:17 pm

2023 was a challenging year for retail logistics. The industry was still recovering from a pandemic-fueled supply chain crisis, as well as a crippling labor shortage. Technology changed, HR strategies shifted, and retail logistics providers evolved to move past the challenges of 2023 and towards the opportunities of 2024. What could the new year bring?…

5 Key Questions Brands Should Ask Before Signing a 3PL for Fulfillment This Peak Season
August 23, 2023 at 1:03 pm

While holiday shopping sprees are still months away, it’s prime time for brands to evaluate their fulfillment needs. Whether a brand is in the market for a new third-party logistics (3PL) partner or plans to bring on additional fulfillment support to manage peak season, it’s critical they conduct their due diligence now. Before diving head…

The Pre-Peak Season Warehouse Management Health Check-Up
August 17, 2023 at 1:18 pm

There's a maintenance strategy for every major purchase you’ve made. You know when your car needs an oil change. You know when the filters on your appliances should be swapped. You know when your pick process needs to be reviewed ... you don’t, do you? Do You Have a Warehouse Management Maintenance Schedule Ahead of…

The Pre-Automation Checklist: 4 Steps to Achieve a Smooth Implementation
August 15, 2023 at 4:45 pm

With increasing pressure to move e-commerce goods faster while reducing costs, combined with strained labor markets, the allure of automation technology is clear — get more done with less pressure on your warehouse staff. Not all automation is created equal, however, these tools — from autonomous mobile robots and automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS)…

Choosing the Right WMS for Successful E-Commerce Fulfillment
March 7, 2023 at 9:27 am

As the demand for online goods continues to rise and supply chains are pushed to their limits, the importance of having an efficient and profitable warehouse operation also increases. Without intelligent fulfillment technology, warehouses will find it increasingly difficult to keep up with order demand while maintaining customer satisfaction. In short, a warehouse dependent on…

Amazon Warehouse Workers Get ‘Big Win’ With New York Law on Quotas
January 2, 2023 at 4:28 pm

A new law in New York will require companies that operate distribution centers to be more transparent about their work requirements, aiming to protect warehouse workers from possibly unlawful quotas. Gov. Kathy Hochul last week signed the Warehouse Worker Protection Act, which is modeled after a similar, first-in-the-nation law signed in California last year. The New York…

4 Ways Warehouses Are Surviving the Holiday Inventory Glut
December 8, 2022 at 11:38 am

Retail warehouse space during the holiday season is absolutely essential. The busiest time of the year typically sees retailers increase their inventory three to four times normal just to meet consumer demand. This year’s inventory glut created a tricky situation for the retail market. U.S. retailers saw a record $732 billion of inventory in 2022,…

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…

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…

What Retailers Can Learn From Last Year’s Historic Wave of Holiday Returns
October 20, 2022 at 11:49 am

With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, many retailers still remember the onslaught of product returns from the 2021 season. Now as the decorations are about to come back out, business owners are looking to reinforce their operations in case of a repeat of last year. Statistics from the National Retail Federation (NRF) showed that…