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E-Commerce, the Economy, and Our On Demand World

January 24, 2017
A movie, pizza, pair of shoes, microwave…your new material handling system. All these things and anything else you can think of are now available with a few keystrokes and a click of a mouse. All this buying is not only driving the retail market, but also growing other businesses. Read: E-Commerce, the Economy, and Our On Demand World

The Whole 9 Yards on E-Commerce

December 21, 2016
With an unprecedented ability to compare prices and shop around without ever leaving the house, more and more people are utilizing E-commerce. So how are successful E-commerce companies setting themselves apart? Read on to find out. Read: The Whole 9 Yards on E-Commerce

Taking Ownership of Your New Automation System

December 07, 2016
A customer who is ready and willing to take ownership of their new automation system is more likely to be successful Continue Reading: Taking Ownership of Your New Automation System

I am Thankful for….Same Day Shipping!

November 22, 2016
As Thanksgiving approaches, I would like to admit that I am very thankful for same day shipping. Yes, of course this comes behind my family, friends, home, etc. However as part of a two-working-parent household with two young boys, this convenience is a lifesaver. Continue Reading: I am Thankful for….Same Day Shipping!

3 Considerations to Prep Your Order Fulfillment for Black Friday

October 17, 2016
In order to be best prepared for seasonal peaks such as Black Friday and its potential 10:1 volume spike, distribution leadership must begin looking at how their warehouses are set up.

Where Should My New Distribution Center Be Located?

April 22, 2016
Whether you are looking to build your first Distribution Center (D.C.) or your fifth, the location of the D.C. is critical for the success of your operations. There are many factors that can affect the decision of where the facility should be, including: real estate cost, transportation cost, labor cost, access to quality labor, taxes, transportation routes, service level guarantees and many others. Read: Selecting Your Distribution Center Location
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The Southeast U.S. Provides Big Opportunity for Business

March 18, 2016
With MODEX 2016 right around the corner, I took some time to speak with our Atlanta regional manager, Brian Ulanch, on the growing opportunities and benefits of doing business in Atlanta and the importance of hosting one of our industry's biggest shows. Read: The Southeast U.S. Provides Big Opportunity for Business

Competitive DC Growth Nationally Drives Need for Space Efficiency

January 26, 2016
The Journal of Commerce reported that big-box distribution facilities of 500,000 to more than 1 million square feet are leading construction activity. These large-scale, modern warehouses give top retailers and distributors the economies of scale of operating under one roof, whether serving as national distribution centers or regional distribution facilities. Read: DC Growth Drives Need for Space Efficiency

Examining the State of Logistics Report

January 14, 2016
Every year the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals produces a “State of Logistics Report”. The 26th annual report, released last June, analyzed U.S. logistics in 2014 and gave a prediction for what 2015 would have in store. Here's a look at some of the key stats and tips on how logistics companies can respond. Read: Examining the State of Logistics Report

15 Popular Posts from 2015: Tech and Cost-Savings Top the List

December 30, 2015
In 2015, manufacturers and distributors were faced with growing consumer demands—faster delivery, at a lower cost, with more order customization—a tough achievement for companies while still maintaining strong revenues. With these challenges, it’s no surprise that out most popular blog posts often featured discussions on new material handling technology trends and operational cost savings through labor, ergonomics, and space utilization. Read: Our Top 15 Posts of 2015

The $1.3 Trillion Benefit of Order and System Visibility

April 16, 2015
$1.3 trillion…Globally in 2014, that’s how much money consumers spent shopping online. Although especially busy during the holidays, e-commerce retailers are growing increasingly busy throughout the year. Shipping deadlines are tighter, and customer expectations are at an all-time high. As pressure mounts, retailers are depending on automated facilities with material handling equipment for efficient processing of large volumes of orders. But aside from the equipment, software is taking center stage for ensuring order deadlines are met. Read: The $1.3 Trillion Benefit of Order and System Visibility

Wearable Technology in the Warehouse: Picking with Vuzix Smart Glasses

March 10, 2015
Technology has always been a driving factor in supply chain progress and efficiency gains. The perfect example of this is the introduction of “goods-to-person” technologies over the past couple years, but as the industry is still enjoying the benefits from this technology, wandering eyes are already looking toward the next solution. One of the more promising up-and-coming technologies is wearable technology, and more specifically, smart glasses. Read: Wearable Technology for the Warehouse
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