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Oct. 25 2021
Some things in life create great impact – a wedding, a divorce, having kids… these are the kinds of events that change a person. Pandemics fall into this category, too, demonstrating how shopping
Oct. 21 2021
For years, material handling systems generally meant conveyors in a fixed path to move parcels from Point A to Point B and some level of sortation to distribute those parcels correctly at the... View More
Oct. 20 2021
In this installment of PARCEL Counsel, we will take a “sneak preview” of two of the presentations at this year’s PARCEL Forum. For the first time in many years, I will not be attending... View More
Oct. 18 2021
Many things have changed in the past year, but one thing that is constant has been rising shipping costs. With today’s current market, the addition of more peak surcharges, decreased delivery perfor
Oct. 15 2021
In the early days of e-commerce, returns flew under operation’s and finance’s radar, and perhaps rightly so. The volume of e-commerce purchases was low, and returns were minimal and simple.... View More
Oct. 14 2021
The pandemic accelerated the shift to e-commerce, and elevated levels of online shopping show no signs of slowing down. According to our research, 86% of consumers surveyed plan to shop more o... View More
Oct. 13 2021
Many times, in the distribution world, we supply chain professionals identify products that will enhance productivity, throughput, and accuracy, but there’s not a budget for those tools. Whe... View More
Oct. 11 2021
In the current parcel market, demand heavily outweighs supply. The carriers are leveraging their temporary advantages as much as possible. So, is there really nothing to do but wait until things come... View More
Oct. 7 2021
A few years ago, I worked with a warehouse stocker named John who had injured his back and was looking to get back to full duty. His job was important to him because he had a family to support... View More
Oct. 5 2021
As the summer of 2021 has seen a reduction in the COVID-19 lockdowns, what certainly has not been reduced are the capacity issues facing the parcel marketplace. While engaging with new partner... View More
Oct. 4 2021
Business-to-business (B2B) parcels are recovering and are competing with business-to-consumer (B2C) parcels for available last-mile capacity. According to UPS, B2C volumes are expected to rema... View More
Oct. 1 2021
The retail and e-commerce landscapes are crowded and competitive. Retailers are facing stiff competition both from legacy brick-and-mortar companies and online marketplaces, including the industry lea
Sept. 30 2021
After nearly two decades in a logistics management role at a prominent retailer, where building relationships was a major key to my success, I have changed roles. I always knew how important a... View More
Sept. 28 2021
In my article in the July/August 2021 issue of PARCEL (“Is It Time to Move to a New Warehouse?”), I explained how you can determine whether it might make sense to move your fulfillment ope
Sept. 28 2021
Rising demand, a growing labor shortage, and market instability have made automation more critical than ever for the food and beverage industry. At the same time, novel robotics technologies h... View More
Sept. 28 2021
In today’s fulfillment ecosystem, e-commerce is quickly changing the game. For those looking to take advantage of the post-COVID e-commerce boom, especially 3PLs, it is imperative to prepare... View More
Sept. 27 2021
Thinking about who’s on top of their game right now? It’s Target. There are so many lessons to be learned from its current success – a success that’s been a while in the making.... View More
Sept. 24 2021
In an era of restricted carrier capacity, ongoing changes to carrier pricing practices, and changing consumer behavior, one may wonder, is now the right time to diversify your stable of carriers? Many
Sept. 23 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has redefined the retail industry by placing e-commerce at the center of retailers’ strategies. While e-commerce had been on a steady growth pattern prior to the pandemic, it... View More
Sept. 22 2021
Effective January 3, 2022, FedEx Express (Domestic, US Export and US Import), FedEx Ground, and FedEx Home Delivery shipping rates will increase by an average of 5.9%. FedEx Freight will increase rat