If you’re looking for interesting soundbites about automation, look no further than Elon Musk and Austin Powers’ Dr. Evil.
The first soundbite: In discussing early efforts to mechanize Tesla’s production line, Elon Musk concluded that the automaker had “automated some pretty silly things.”
The challenge of getting better sales forecasts to improve logistics planning is a centuries-old problem. In today’s eCommerce-driven supply chains, that challenge is tougher than ever. But many online merchants don’t realize the extent to which poor forecasts create inefficiencies in fulfillment operations and drain their profits.
Capacity shortages among parcel carrier companies have escalated concerns among eCommerce and omnichannel retailers. These businesses rely heavily on FedEx, UPS, USPS, DHL, and various regional carriers to deliver goods. When freight capacity for parcels falls short, associated delays negatively impact the buying experience for online shoppers. That’s why a parcel shipping strategy that relies predominantly on one
Not every provider of product fulfillment services offers the same capabilities or high levels of performance. Unfortunately, some eCommerce brands find this out only after entering into a relationship with an underachieving third-party logistics (3PL) provider. Once this happens, an eTailer can easily waste months or years trying to get its logistics partner to improve.
Though dimensional weight, or DIM weight, is hardly a new pricing model, it remains a hidden profit killer for eCommerce fulfillment operations that don’t properly manage it. Misunderstanding how parcel carriers determine shipping rates can inflate your shipping costs 5–15%, so it’s imperative to choose your most cost-effective packaging option.
Managing the production and distribution of marketing literature is a bit like juggling in that a momentary lapse in attention can cause you to drop the ball. That’s never a good thing in any business. But managing pharmaceutical literature comes with the added challenge of regulatory compliance.
Fulfillment warehouse quality management programs have good intentions, but often fail in execution. Why is that?
Thane Direct is one of the leading direct response and retailer marketers in the world, with popular “as seen on TV products” like the H2O mop and the AB Doer 360. When the company became frustrated with the operational performance of its prior order fulfillment partner, it started looking elsewhere. Thane’s search led to Amware, which, as a result its purchase of Moulton Logistics, has considerable experience doing
Topics: Direct response fulfillment
While all shipping costs are transportation costs, not all transportation costs are shipping costs.
Shipping costs are merely one category of transportation costs in logistics. Online sellers often equate shipping costs with the direct charges from parcel carriers. As a result, efforts to reduce transportation costs may fail to consider the many other areas that drive up the transportation cost bucket – and drive down
An ongoing logistics labor shortage and a year of pandemic-related supply chain disruptions have left many retail and eCommerce businesses wishing for more automated eCommerce fulfillment. Extensive automation of fulfillment operations requires a significant upfront investment, making the concept intimidating for many growing online sellers. The truth is most fulfillment centers don’t need extensive automation to run a