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Expanding Your Retail Horizons and How to Find the Right Fulfillment Services
Fulfillment services have largely been the domain of 3PLs, and needless to say, not all 3PLs are created equal when it comes to eCommerce expertise and omnichannel efficiency, and given the central role a fulfillment partner plays in the customer's journey and overall satisfaction, retailers…
3PL Provider Improves Ecommerce Fulfillment from Multiple WMS Systems with New Data Architecture
One Six Solutions recently helped a third-party logistics company implement a Data Warehouse solution that utilizes a modern cloud data architecture to reduce maintenance overhead as well as allow the client to scale in size as their data needs continue...
A Guide to Amazon Order Management Best Methods
The Amazon order management system guides and controls the order fulfillment process, from the point when the customer places the order to when the order is delivered to the customer, the software simplifies the order fulfillment process by automating it...
Delivering Seamless Omnichannel Guest Experiences with a Fully Integrated Digital Suite
SAP Commerce, SAP Marketing Cloud, and SAP Customer Data working in concert to seamlessly deliver an omnichannel experience to TGI Fridays guests no matter the device, channel, or source – both online and offline.

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Ecommerce and Packaging, From All Angles
Top-of-mind CPG concerns around e-commerce packaging are addressed, including package design, sustainability, specialized packaging equipment, and Amazon’s...
Top 7 Retail Distribution Models, Explained
You have products to sell. And customers that want to buy them. But do you know the best...

E-commerce News

Amazon and the United States Postal Service Now Delivering Packages on Sunday
In a press release early Monday morning, Amazon announced it would be using the United States Postal Service to help deliver packages in the New York and Los Angeles metropolitan areas on Sundays.

Top 10 Tips for Going Global with Omni-Channel E-Commerce Enabled Logistics
For a business moving into the internet space, setting up a slick eCommerce website with sophisticated online ordering and payment processing is only the tip of the iceberg. If you don’t deliver the goods according to a customer’s expectations, they may never return.

Consumers Seek Convergence of Retail Channels
Easy access to online shopping channels has changed the way that consumers purchase goods. Most retailers would not be surprised to find that e-commerce has outpaced in-store purchases in recent years. Research by comScore found that U.S. online retailing grew 13 percent during the first quarter of 2013. By comparison, the entire industry saw a modest 2 percent expansion during the same period.

Tesla’s Revolutionary Supply Chain
In the company’s zeal to design, test and produce cars faster than any auto company in history, Peter Carlsson, Tesla's Supply Chain Vice President, is helping Tesla imbue the same entrepreneurial and innovative spirit in its supply chain as it does in its groundbreaking vehicle design and performance.

A Deep Dive into Amazon’s Global Shipping & Fulfillment Network
Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is Amazon’s fulfillment service and an incredibly powerful stimulus for the marketplace’s growth. It also offers a myriad of benefits to participating third-party sellers. With this eBook, you'll learn the benefits of FBA for third-party sellers, tips for getting started and how ChannelAdvisor can help.

A Case Study of Bare Escentuals’ Omni-Channel Distribution Center
With a Web site launch pending in 2007, the company’s logistics team knew that bringing the fulfillment for all the channels into one facility would enable the retailer to make sure that they got the right product to the right people at the right time.

Utilizing your WMS and Shipping Processes for Omni-Channel Distribution
The pressure is on retailers to deliver anything, anytime, from anywhere. Three experts answer four key questions that will help traditional brick-and-mortar retailers revolutionize their use of WMS and their shipping processes on the way to a multi-channel transformation.

Supply Chain Finance Inertia Costing Corporates Billions; CFOs to Grow Company Value
Supply Chain Finance Inertia Costing Corporates Billions; Kyriba / Aite Group Research Highlights Opportunities for CFOs to Grow Company Value. Gap Between Corporations’ Desire to Introduce Reverse Factoring and Dynamic Discounting, and Implementation of Processes and Programs examined.

Consumers Want Choices and Convenience When Shopping Online
comScore, a leader in measuring the digital world, and UPS released the second UPS Pulse of the Online Shopper™: A Customer Experience Study, a report analyzing e-commerce preferences including mobile trends, social media impact and the integrated buying experience of shopping in physical stores and online - also known as omnichannel retailing.

Japan’s Rakuten Continues Amazon Pursuit, Will Buy US Logistics Firm Webgistix
Rakuten said it will acquire Webgistix, which provides warehouse and shipping services to online retailers. Webgistix says it can provide 1-2 day shipping for customers from its U.S. facilities in New York, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Reno.

The End of the Cash Register? Urban Outfitters Will Ring You Up With Apple iPads & iPods
In a presentation on its first-ever annual analyst day today, Urban Outfitters made an announcement: The chain, CIO Calvin Hollinger said, will switch from cash registers to Apple products. "Sales people will have iPod touches," Joe Weistenthal reports, "and cash registers are being phased out in favor of iPads on a swivel."

Steve Wozniak to Deliver Keynote at Manhattan Associates’ Momentum 2013 Conference
Manhattan Associates, Inc., announced that Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, Inc., will be one of the keynote speakers at Momentum 2013, scheduled for May 19-22 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

In-House Retail E-Commerce Order Fulfillment Distribution Center
Few industries have been as disrupted by the e-commerce revolution as retail. Online and brick-and-mortar retailers alike continue to invent creative new ways to break through the noise and capture a share of the market. That in turn has sparked the creation of order fulfillment solutions to support the new business models.

Online Retailer Amazon is Changing the Rules of the Supply Chain Game
Amazon continues to change the game for retailers. A few Christmases ago, they set the retail world on its backside with the introduction of free shipping – regardless of the fact that it costs Amazon, and everyone else, something to provide that service for free.

Maersk Line Connects with GT Nexus as a Cloud based e-Commerce Services Provider
Maersk Line, the world's largest ocean container shipping company, has contracted with GT Nexus to provide Maersk Line’s customers with advanced e-commerce capabilities.

Omni Channel & Retail Shopping
During Retalix Synergy 2012, a panel of the world's top leading retailers discussed how the traditional, point-of-sale-centric store environment is evolving into a multi-channel or omni-channel model that delivers a consistent shopping experience across all customer touch points, including the retailer's website, its physical store and its mobile shopping channel.

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