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Supply Chain Optimization Blog

Practical tips to improve your supply chain operations.


Warehouse Locations: 2019 Guide (Code Generator)

Locations or addresses are one of the main components of a successful fulfillment operation. Locations categorize physical processes and provide easy access to inventory in your warehouse. The locations should be very clear to operators when they ... Read more →

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Optimize Your Inbound and Outbound Logistics to Increase Profitability

“If managing the supply chain is like fetching a hungry baby a bottle, then logistics is the thankless trek up and down the stairs in the middle of the night.” ~ Benn Bekic, CSO, WiseTech Global According to Deloitte, 79% of companies with ... Read more →

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3PL WMS Software: Solving Your Warehouse Challenges

Sitting at the center of any smooth e-commerce operation is a warehouse management system (WMS). Read more →

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Warehouse Management System (WMS) Software: Ultimate Guide

Warehouses may be known for storing goods, but in today’s e-commerce world, they’ve become a hot commodity. Read more →

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7 Inventory Management Trends Retailers Should Know

Your goods are incredibly valuable. You can’t just acquire inventory. You have to safeguard, store, and manage it. All of these activities cost money. Read more →

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6 Tips to Handling Logistics Efficiently While Operating Your Online Business

A lot has changed between commerce and ecommerce. Digitalization may have transformed every aspect of the business but one – logistics. Read more →

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First In First Out Warehousing: The Only Guide You'll Ever Need

First in first out (FIFO) warehousing means exactly what it sounds like. It’s an inventory control method in which the first items to come into the warehouse are the first items to leave. Similar to the service industry concept of “first come, first ... Read more →

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An Intro to Cross-Docking: Is It Right For My Business?

You can use cross-docking to reduce warehouse waste and free up capital tied in inventory management. How does that happen? Cross-docking allows you to keep less inventory in your warehouse, and to experience faster inventory turns. Read more →

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The Business Owner’s Guide to Improving Inventory Accuracy

How much does poor inventory accuracy cost? According to the latest research, 53% of all non grocery markdowns are a result from bad inventory decisions. 50% of US retail decision makers cite inventory misjudgments as their primary barrier to ... Read more →

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9 Ways to Reduce Packaging Costs and Increase Profit

There’s a saying that, "The packaging sells the product the first time, but what’s inside sells the product a second time.” Read more →

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The Top 7 Warehouse Wastes and How to Eliminate Them

Analysts expect the global warehouse industry to grow at a compound annual growth rate of nearly 6%  over the next four years. As consumer expectations around fulfillment rise, we will need more and more warehouses to meet them. Read more →

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The Warehouse Owner’s Guide to Warehouse Safety

25% of all workplace injury claims are due to slips and falls. Each year, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 95 million lost work days due to these claims. Prioritizing safety isn’t just nice for your employees. It’s critical to operating a ... Read more →

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Your Company’s Guide to B2B, DTC, & B2C Business Models

In 2018, consumers spent over $517 billion online with U.S. companies. Each year, ecommerce takes a larger bite out of traditional retail sales as consumer demand for online shopping and convenient delivery grows stronger. As a result, your company ... Read more →

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The Ultimate Guide to Negotiating Shipping Rates

According to benchmarking studies, shipping is typically a company's highest fulfillment related expense. Every year, rates go up as carriers cover the cost of more last-mile deliveries for the e-commerce industry. With goliaths like Amazon ... Read more →

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WMS vs ERP: Key Differences and Which is Right for You

Choosing the right software solution to streamline and manage your warehouse is crucial. A warehouse cannot function without the right management system, but selecting the best option  for your business can be an intimidating process. Read more →

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Safety Stock 101: What You Need to Know in 2019

A strategic supply chain management system is vital to the success of any product based operation. It can lead to increased customer satisfaction, reduced operational costs, and steady cash flow for your business. Read more →

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4 Ways Data is Changing the Ecommerce Customer Experience

Creating the ideal customer experience has never been easier for online retailers. Through the use of retail inventory analytics, there are many  opportunities for you to increase sales and customer loyalty. Read more →

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How To Ask Customers For Reviews in 2019

Not every visit to your website leads to a purchase. Your analytics are proof of that. Converting visitors to customers remains one of the largest pain points among growing ecommerce retailers, next to generating targeted traffic. Read more →

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9 Data-Backed Strategies to Increase Ecommerce Sales Today

Increasing ecommerce sales is the primary goal for retailers of any size, whether you’re a startup in the  space or an enterprise retail giant selling on multiple marketplaces. Read more →

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Warehouse Robotics: Everything You Need to Know in 2019

Imagine, your warehouse labor costs cut by 70%. Your warehouse operates during the day and night with equal costs. Your inventory counts are updated daily. Believe it or not, this is a reality in today’s warehouses. and their processes are ... Read more →

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SKU: Everything You Need to Know in 2019 (Free SKU Generator)

Organization is an essential piece of inventory management. Your business can’t get very far if you don’t know what inventory you have. Read more →

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Picking List Guide: What You Need to Know (Free Template)

As you expand your warehouses, your warehouse operations costs will rise. Among all your warehouse operations costs, labor accounts for 50-70%. Order picking accounts for more than 50% of those labor costs. One study revealed that as much as 70% of ... Read more →

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Available to Promise (ATP): The Definitive Guide

What led to the downfall of Kmart, the rise of Walmart, and brought the iconic Ralph Lauren brand to its knees? Poor inventory management. Read more →

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4 Essential Warehouse Management KPIs to Keep an Eye On

Data is king in today’s warehouses. You’re likely gathering more data than you know what to do with. Even as a consumer, we’re bombarded with more data than we can process during every moment we spend awake. You have no choice but to prioritize ... Read more →

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9 Easy Ways to Cut Costs and Increase Warehouse Efficiency

There’s a positive link between customer retention and warehouse efficiency. When your warehouse efficiency slips, your customer retention rate will reflect that. When your customers choose to go with your competitor who delivers product faster, ... Read more →

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Warehouse Tech Trends 2019: Automation, Blockchain, Robots

47% of companies reported significant benefits in adopting artificial intelligence in the supply chain. Despite all of the technological advancements made every day, many companies that need these agile technologies for their supply chains struggle ... Read more →

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Ultimate Guide: Inventory & Warehouse Management Software (2019)

Your business has grown, and you need better inventory and warehouse management options. Or perhaps you’re an established business looking at streamlining your processes. Read more →

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How to Choose a 3PL Provider in 2019 (Comprehensive Guide)

Online shopping is more popular than ever, but you know shoppers expect more than ever from retailers. Companies like Amazon have created an expectation for low-cost and fast shipping. Consider that: Read more →

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Demand Forecasting for Higher Retail Profit Margins

34% of the top 50 U.S. retailers have reported poor forecasting accuracy. Considering a deviation of 1% in either over-forecasting or under-forecasting can cost a company thousands, or even millions of dollars, you have to wonder why? Only about 60% ... Read more →

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Inventory Management Best Practices for Retailers 2019 (Guide)

Inventory management best practices change with technology innovations. Innovation is a key differentiating characteristic among retail businesses that stand the test of time. “Good” isn’t good enough anymore. When retail operations invest in their ... Read more →

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Order Picking Productivity: Everything You Need to Know in 2019

Studies show order picking accounts for around 50% of a warehouse’s labor costs. Georgia Tech reports that the number can be as high as 63%. With the rise of ecommerce, order picking has become more important. Why? Because while other operations in ... Read more →

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How to Increase E-Commerce Traffic (7 Insanely Actionable Tips)

How to Increase Traffic to Your Ecommerce Website Each year, more people shop online. Affordability and convenience continue to drive consumers to shop with online retailers. As interest and trust in online shopping increases, so do the number of ... Read more →

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How to Create Amazon Product Listings That Sell (Updated 2019)

You won’t always need to create an Amazon product listing to sell your products. You only need to create one if you want to sell a product that’s not already listed on the Amazon Marketplace. This can happen if you’ve invented or designed a new ... Read more →

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How to Start an eCommerce Business in 2019 (Guide)

Starting a business sounds like a New Year’s resolution. Honestly though, it’s a great time to start an ecommerce business. Online retail has grown consistently over the last decade, and shows no signs of slowing down. Read more →

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Smooth Out the Wrinkles in Your Cosmetics Inventory Management

In 2017, the cosmetics industry grew by an estimated 5% globally. Not to mention, there’s plenty of room for smaller cosmetics companies to make a splash. Just look at Fenty Beauty’s explosion onto the market. Today’s consumer is more demanding and ... Read more →

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Streamline Your eCommerce Return Management to Increase Profit

Online shopping is thriving, and it’s a market that continues to grow year over year. In an April 2017 survey shared by Statista, 40% of consumers stated they purchase items online at least several times per month. As many as 20% admitted to ... Read more →

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Warehouse Labor Planning - A Spreadsheet Template

In this article, I will explain a simple spreadsheet template for warehouse labor planning. I will use a sample warehouse of a small retailer. Usually, the bottleneck in a retail warehouse is picking or packing process. So, it will be better to ... Read more →

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Sell More With a Great Ecommerce Returns Policy

30% of online purchases are returned. In 2015, that was $260 billion dollars lost in returns. This issue is particularly pressing for retailers because the return experience is a pain point for many customers. As a result, a great return experience ... Read more →

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3 Biggest Online Marketplace Problems You Must Avoid At All Costs

E-commerce business is big. There are over one million sellers on Amazon who have at least one product listed. Selling on the many online marketplaces seems like a no-brainer. While selling on these marketplaces can position your business for ... Read more →

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Optimize Your Warehouse Design

Want to improve your warehouse performance? Then your first step is to optimize your warehouse design and layout. Sounds great, doesn’t it? You already know your warehouse operations should be more efficient, but you can’t pinpoint the problem. Now ... Read more →

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Logiwa's Rapid Growth Parallels Ecommerce Logistics Explosion

CHICAGO, Dec. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Logiwa, a warehouse and inventory management software company, recently announced strong business growth numbers which illustrate the need for innovative warehouse and inventory management solutions. At the ... Read more →

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How an Amazon Merchant Can Upgrade From Tracking to Managing Inventory

We always say “Don’t let your business manage you”. But what exactly does that mean? Read more →

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Warehouse Management Software: On-Premise vs Cloud-Based (Guide)

Cloud technology has integrated into our personal lives. We use apps like Google Drive, iCloud, and OneDrive for photos, videos, and documents. Keeping our personal data in the cloud offers a lot of conveniences. It also minimizes the risk you’ll ... Read more →

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Use a Warehouse Management System to Increase E-Commerce Growth

As you probably realize, e-commerce is a highly competitive space You have to focus on sales and marketing and their associated costs. If you don’t spend enough on sales and marketing, your competition outpaces you. You’ll have a hard time growing ... Read more →

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5 Reasons Online Retail Businesses Need Inventory Management Software

Online retailers have a larger challenge than ever before: to manage their logistics operations to account for the up and down demand that is e-commerce. Managing your inventory manually requires precise calculation, endless spreadsheets, and a lot ... Read more →

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Improve Your Inventory Management to Increase Sales

Nowadays, online retail is king. You must manage your inventory and provide a frictionless customer experience. Manual inventory management may seem manageable now, but as your business grows, so does the number of orders your customers place. As ... Read more →

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5 Reasons Why You Need to be Using SKU Barcodes

Using SKU barcodes to help manage your e-commerce business might seem like an unnecessary step. After all, keeping track of your inventory hasn’t been too difficult so far, and there haven’t been any problems yet, right? Read more →

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Why Every Second Is Crucial in Ecommerce Warehouses

Have you ever thought about how long it takes to pick, pack, and ship an item? When you’re working out how to manage your e-commerce warehouse, every second matters. The time it takes for a picker to scan the location, scan an item, and then enter ... Read more →

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How to Handle Holiday Returns in Ecommerce

The holiday shopping season is a make or break time of year for most e-commerce companies. Having a successful holiday retail season requires more than piling up sales, however; it’s the aftermath that can truly change everything. Read more →

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How to Optimize Inventory For Next Year’s Holiday Rush

For multi-channel retailers, the holiday season within the fourth quarter is the single most important sales period of the year. Multi-channel retailers make almost 40% of their annual sales in the fourth quarter. The majority of these sales occur ... Read more →

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5 Reasons Why SKUs are Essential for your Amazon Store

It might seem unnecessary to use item numbers or stock keeping units (SKUs) for your Amazon store. You might wonder if you need it if your product portfolio is limited, or your warehouse is small. Is it worth it? Read more →

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Safety Stock Formula: Everything You Need to Know

Safety stock is an essential part of managing inventory for your business. Whether you consider yourself a forward thinker or a go-with-the-flow kind of person, you’ll be setting yourself up for failure if you don’t keep aside some of your ... Read more →

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A Product SKU Master Data Template for Better Inventory Management

In order to implement an inventory management system (IMS), there are two types of master data that you need to put together: the Product SKU Master Data and the Warehouse Location Master Data. In this post, I'll discuss what a Product SKU Master ... Read more →

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How to Manage Holiday Season Inventory and Boost Sales

Merchants think about the holiday season all throughout the year. It is a trillion dollar market and online merchants can’t afford to miss any sales opportunities on such as Amazon, eBay, Walmart. Read more →

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