2020 was an exceptionally difficult year for the United States Postal Service, one that was cluttered by slowdowns, political conflict, and historically high demand. Long running financial issues ran headlong into a pandemic-related uptick in shipping from ecommerce outlets, which then was exacerbated by significant operational and process changes from top to bottom. The result […]
Maximizing fulfillment efficiency is an ongoing process and a major goal of every successful warehouse operation, particularly in a consumer landscape shaped by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Consumers have increasingly turned to eCommerce for their purchasing needs, and understandably so, as they sought to avoid spaces where virus exposure was a risk. As […]
The shift toward sustainable warehousing is still accelerating despite the far-reaching impacts of COVID-19. External pressure on companies to adopt greener practices continues to rise alongside the need to balance costs and operational efficiencies. It’s anticipated the call for sustainable action will increase demand for strategic warehousing, automation, and eco-friendly packaging, among other currently unforeseeable […]
Online retail is thriving, and many ecommerce companies are scaling up their warehouse operations to meet increasing demand. But that’s easier said than done. Many factors impact the cost of warehouse space. Rents and real estate costs, labor costs, insurance, taxes…nearly all of them are pushing overhead up. Not to mention, your warehouse location will […]
2020 has completely transformed ecommerce, and more consumers are buying online than ever before. In fact, the pandemic has accelerated the shift from physical stores to online shopping by about five years. Despite some truly unprecedented challenges, the October 2020 Logistics Manager’s Index Report shows hopeful signs for the logistics industry — thanks in part […]
Ten years ago, the notion of what a warehouse was and could be was considered a closed book by many in the industry. However, the rapid rise of the internet of things (IoT) and other technologies, combined with a changing ecommerce landscape, has pushed new warehouse capabilities from the bleeding edge to the mainstream.
The latest logistics challenge? Rising warehouse costs. You can thank the internet for the squeeze on warehouse real estate. Companies like Amazon have made next-day and same-day delivery a consumer expectation, and those capabilities require retailers to keep their stock as close as possible to the customer.
According to a recent report from the IPCC, human beings have a little more than a decade to cut greenhouse gas emissions by half or face unprecedented environmental consequences. The report created a ripple effect through the media when it was released, along with renewed public pushes for substantive change.
Widespread adoption of machine learning in the supply chain represents a quantum leap for optimization and efficiency analysis efforts. Powerful software can do the work of dozens of human analysts in a fraction of the time, freeing up your experts to focus on teasing out trends and often finding solutions for inefficiencies we didn’t know […]
In 2019, the role of warehousing in the supply chain is evolving to meet new consumer expectations. At the same time, shifting macroeconomic pressures and market demands are impacting how warehouses look and operate.