Warehouse Management

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…

QVC, HSN to Combine Business Units, Cut 2,000 Jobs
October 18, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Qurate Retail Group (QRG) announced several initiatives designed to better position its HSN and QVC U.S. businesses for long-term growth. Most important is the formation of an integrated business unit called QXH, which Qurate said will ensure an aligned approach to the U.S. market. As part of the transformation, Qurate will eliminate 350 positions by the…

Walmart Testing the Use of Robots for Online Grocery Pickup
August 6, 2018 at 2:21 pm

Walmart is testing the use of storage and retrieval robotics, called Alphabot, to increase the speed of online grocery order pickup, according to a company blog post. The technology, which was developed in collaboration with retail automation company Alert Innovation, is being installed in a section of a Salem, N.H. supercenter, which will also be a dedicated…

Amazon to Help Individuals Build Their Own Delivery Companies
June 28, 2018 at 12:57 pm

Amazon.com announced today the launch of a new offering designed to help individuals build their own companies that deliver Amazon packages. With the offering, Amazon will provide an active role in helping interested entrepreneurs start, set up and manage their own delivery businesses, even with little or no logistics experience. Amazon will offer the  couriers — who…

Target Testing New Product Distribution Strategy
May 14, 2018 at 12:26 pm

Target is testing a new product distribution strategy aimed at cutting down its replenishment cycle from days to hours while reducing overall inventory at stores, especially at small-format ones. Preston Mosier, Target's senior vice president of global supply chain and logistics field operations, made the announcement last week during a keynote presentation at the Retail Supply…

3 Ways Automation Can Streamline the Supply Chain
April 3, 2018 at 10:43 pm

The retail industry often serves as a principal driver of supply chain innovation, with companies continually looking for ways to get products to consumers faster and more efficiently. The key to a happy customer experience at a brick-and-mortar or online store lies in an effective and reliable supply chain. Automating certain supply chain processes can…

Wal-Mart to Fine Suppliers for Late Deliveries
January 31, 2018 at 1:27 pm

Wal-Mart will require suppliers to deliver more goods to warehouses exactly on time or face fines, another step in the retailer’s efforts to keep inventory low and shelves stocked as it battles with Amazon.com. More specifically, Wal-Mart executives plan to announce at an annual conference this week that large suppliers fulfill orders within a specified one- or two-day…

How a Shipping Makeover Can Increase Your Bottom Line
December 1, 2017 at 11:20 am

Most online retailers start their businesses with lots of passion, little (if any) shipping knowledge and a small space to work out of (usually an extra bedroom or living room). When you first start to build out your shipping process, it’s easy to just stick to the first system in order to get the shipments…