Customers’ expectations for delivery excellence continue to climb for faster, error-free delivery, more granular visibility, more convenience, and increased flexibility. Here we discuss specific strategies and capabilities that leading companies are using to try and perfect the customer’s delivery experience, such as via hyperlocal delivery, dynamic dispatch and routing, adaptable workflows, dwell time reduction, real-time visibility, expanding the range of delivery windows, locations, and options, sustainable delivery, last minute rescheduling, and more
Warehousing and Distribution
Warehouse management, distribution, fulfillment, etc.
We examine strategies and techniques for making near-term reductions to carbon emissions from transportation, such as improving driving behavior and vehicle performance, minimizing and optimizing returns, increasing first-attempt delivery rates, consolidation and mix-mode strategies, integrating private fleet with purchased transportation, and forecast accuracy and inventory optimization for hyperlocal distribution.
Here we assess Mercado’s supply chain network/platform for connecting retailers with suppliers, forwarders and brokers, carriers, and other service providers in the order-to-delivery process for imports. We also cover Zencargo’s solution for mid-sized retailers who are doing significant importing and seek control tower capabilities combined with freight forwarding services.
We assess Infor Nexus, an end-to-end multi-party networked platform for global trade, with visibility throughout the purchase-to-pay process.
Not all WMS systems are created equal when it comes to agile implementation. Here we examine: A) attributes of a WMS system that lower risk and increase speed in implementation, B) type and size of benefits you can expect, and C) tips for getting started.
The leap from manual systems to a WMS can be trepidatious. However, the risks can be controlled by taking an agile, incremental, approach to implementation and by ensuring change management issues are proactively addressed.
The bar is continuously being raised for every faster, cheaper, and more reliable fulfillment. Slow or sloppy warehouse operations risk losing customers (and profitability) to those that can execute well. Here are ten signs you may need a WMS for your warehouse or DC.
The real world of successfully operating Warehouse solutions in the cloud has many technical and business components . . .
Wholesale Distributors represent approximately $4 trillion in trade, just in the US, alone! They are a powerful segment of every economy. The speed of business and increased competition powered by the internet has increased the importance of, and the challenges for, this critical link in the global value chain. This has driven the Wholesale Distributor to get creative with new services and to reach new markets.
This report covers what warehouses do today, special challenges of warehouse integration (such as multi-channel retail, global sourcing, risk management, logistics networks, and 3PLs challenges), a framework for evaluating the solutions, industry-specific support requirements (e.g. retail, cold chain, Pharma and FDA-regulated products, high tech and light assembly), and comparisons of the leading Warehouse Management Software solutions available today. There are real differences, so it is worth your time to understand these differences before you buy.