Archive for e-commerce

E-Commerce Is Booming: Is Your Final Mile Strategy Up to The Challenge?

While retailers welcome the surge of online orders, the increased sales of big and bulky items pose unique final mile delivery changes. As the name implies, final mile (also known as last mile) logistics is a specialized mode focused squarely on the final leg of a shipment’s journey to its destination. Final mile arose as a standalone mode due to the complexities in delivering to locations that lack loading docks and other receiving and storage infrastructure.

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Descartes Evolution 2020: Emerging Stronger

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the nature of my job quite a bit. The pandemic hit just as we were heading into our busy conference season. So instead of traveling across the country attending conferences, networking with peers, and in most cases, enjoying a bit of sunshine either by the pool or on the beach, I was attending these events from the friendly confines of my home office. The good news is that the virtual […]

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Conflicting Realities in the Face of COVID-19

The future remains uncertain as the country continues to combat COVID-19. A big question facing the nation is when and how to re-open the economy. While some states are pushing to re-open their economy (or beaches, in the case of Florida), others are cautioning that doing so too early would be socially irresponsible and bad for the economy. The ongoing pandemic has put added strain on the global supply chain, with companies exploring new fulfillment […]

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To the Point of No E-commerce Returns

As e-commerce returns volume continues to skyrocket alongside continued growth of online shopping, top shippers are challenging the notion of returns as a cost of doing business they must accept. In some cases, in fact, a lot can be done to counter the growth of returns from an operational perspective, and many of the world’s biggest retailers have identified game-changing insights by looking at the returns process more critically. In 2020 and beyond, look for […]

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Editor’s Choice: Seven Key Insights for Shippers on the “New Rules” of Retail

Note: Today’s post is part of our “Editor’s Choice” series where we highlight recent posts published by our sponsors that provide supply chain insights and advice. It’s no secret that e-commerce has changed the landscape of B2C retail – but the ripple effect this evolution has wrought on supply chains, including those of B2B shippers, may be less apparent. On June 18, GlobalTranz and the Chicagoland Food and Beverage Network hosted a panel discussion titled, […]

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How Warehouse Automation is Enabling the E-Commerce Explosion

It is a well-known fact that e-commerce is growing rapidly around the globe, and this is causing a significant shift in the retail landscape. It’s changing fulfillment paths and requiring retailers, distributors, logistics services providers, and manufacturers to expand and reconfigure their fulfillment operations. These changes are in turn driving growth in sales of warehouse automation systems. All of this I knew from general interest in business and prior research into the global warehouse automation […]

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SingPost – A Smart Transformation to E-Commerce Logistics Solutions

Two decades ago, I didn’t know postal operators in foreign countries unless I had a pen pal in the region. The role and range of services offered by postal companies have changed considerably since the advent of e-mail, the internet, and most importantly, the exponential growth of e-commerce. Singapore Post (SingPost) is one such domestic provider that has been in the press for its increasing presence in today’s digital economy. In 2014, Chinese e-commerce giant […]

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Omni-Channel Fulfillment Drives WMS Adoption

ARC Advisory Group conducts an annual analysis of the global warehouse management systems (WMS) market. The research process includes the analysis of large amounts of information and interviews with executives from numerous WMS software companies; and the process concludes with the publication of ARC’s WMS Global Market Research Study. This years’ study confirmed that the omni-channel retail paradigm remains the most pervasive factor contributing to growth and change within the WMS market. Both pure-play retailers […]

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Alibaba Details its Logistics Capabilities in a New IPO Filing

The Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. released fresh insights a couple of weeks ago on its logistics capabilities ahead of what’s expected to be one of the largest tech IPOs in history. In an updated security filing, Alibaba included additional details, including new insights on its approach to logistics, that were missing in the initial documents filed in May. Investors had, among other things, asked for more details on how the Alibaba was […]

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What’s Hot in Logistics in Southeast Asia?

ARC recently hired Bob Gill, who lives in Singapore, as our General Manager for Southeast Asia.  Bob is a former editor of Logistics Insight Asia.  For today’s column, I thought I’d tap some of that experience by interviewing Bob. Steve:  Bob what is hot in logistics in Southeast Asia? Bob:  Well, one thing I’ve been paying attention to is Postal Logistics.  If you’re anything like me, then one of the first things you’re likely to […]

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