OUTSOURCING 01Here’s how to find the best 3PL for your business.  

By Nicholas Daniel-Richards

Any successful ecommerce business owner will tell you that managing a warehouse effectively can be a challenge. Whether it’s ensuring climate control for perishable products and managing inventory or hiring staff and processing orders, running a warehouse can monopolize a merchant’s time and resources. Unfortunately, these demands are completely different from the skills and resources needed to successfully sell products and ensure customer satisfaction.


In a field driven by precision and efficiency, logistics organizations are looking for the right measures to track their performance and identify opportunities for improvement. Key performance indicators (KPIs) for logistics processes are not unknown, but organizations must determine which of these measures are critical for their business. In addition, many organizations struggle with the challenge of ensuring widespread employee engagement and linking performance improvement for the organization with individual performance. 

The first step for managing logistics measurement effectively is to identify measures that are strategically aligned and relevant.

 BEST PRACTICES 01Avoid risks to your operations from suppliers’ losses.

By Luke Foley

Hurricane Harvey rocked Texas. Devastating monsoon rains swept India, Nepal and Bangladesh. A deadly earthquake hit Mexico City. And a record-breaking typhoon landed in China. 

These are just some of the natural disasters that created destruction around the world in 2017. And regardless of where you are headquartered, your business operations were likely at risk during several of the year’s catastrophic weather events if you have a global supply chain. 

D2624 295 smallHere are Three Considerations for Subscription Commerce Startups

By Kirk Anderson

The irony was lost on no one when, last summer, Amazon announced it planned to construct a new fulfillment center inside one of the world’s largest abandoned malls. Big box and anchor stores are re-evaluating their business models, with many facing extinction. 

 WMS OR ERPBy Mike Krabbe

Five years ago, choosing a best-of-breed warehouse management system (WMS) over an enterprise resource planning (ERP) WMS was commonplace for companies with multiple sales channels. As the functionality of ERP WMS systems continue to evolve, companies are considering ERP WMS systems. 


It can’t be denied - supply chain digitization has escalated quickly over the last 30 years as enterprises needed a better way to manage the amount of data coming through their doors. With the increased availability of analytical solutions and the adoption of machine learning capabilities, looking inside consumer packaged goods and retailers’ supply chains today you’ll see operations that go well beyond basic optimization. This is partly due to the entrance of prescriptive analytics. This new way of operating allows companies to perform an increasing array of advanced analytical tasks – taking business intelligence solutions beyond their previous capabilities. 


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