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Four Ways to Improve Your Packaging Process

Among the many things that are coming into focus as an unforeseen challenge to every business that had to suddenly ramp up their Ecommerce efforts last year is “packaging”. We haven’t covered it in detail yet, but it did create some serious issues in many DCs last year, both for outbound shipments and the inbound returns. While it might seem like an afterthought in the big picture of running a warehouse, it can be a surprisingly big problem that impacts productivity, customer satisfaction and even your space management.

Topics: Process Improvement ECommerce Warehouse Efficiency

In-Store Fulfillment and Ecommerce Channels Require Omnichannel Strategies

Last year retailers everywhere in every niche, B2B and B2C, had to either learn how to do Ecommerce and In-Store Fulfillment for the first time or learn to do it much better on a bigger scale than ever before. What businesses did to engage with customers on the front end – evolving their offerings into a multichannel or omnichannel presence – was not always matched by the evolution required in the back end for fulfillment.

Topics: Process Improvement ECommerce In-store fulfillment

The Ecommerce Warehouse of 2021

2020 accelerated “Ecommerce sales” far beyond what anyone had imagined before the COVID-19 pandemic. With Ecommerce going from about 12-14% of retails sales to anywhere between 18-25% of all retail sales. While it can be safely assumed that there will be a resumption of foot traffic to retails stores, malls, restaurants and others once the pandemic fully subsides, it is clear that the purchase habits of a large percentage of the population have been permanently altered. How much has changed and how your operations should be positioned to optimize it after what has been a year of just keeping up is worth exploring.

Topics: Order Picking Process Improvement ECommerce Planning

2020’s Short-Term E-Commerce Response is Your Long-Term E-Commerce Strategy

How has your business responded to the rapid changes in the distribution and logistics industry this year? Chances are that the rapid evolution of your processes and how you supported them are not just a band-aid for making it through to 2021, but the blueprint for your current and future facilities well beyond this crisis and into the future.

Topics: Trends ECommerce Planning COVID-19

The Most Creative Mobile Power Applications of 2020

While no one needs to be reminded how much has been changing across our industry in 2020, it’s useful to keep looking into HOW things are evolving and learning about what everyone is doing differently as either a reaction to events, or to get ahead of them more pro-actively.

At Newcastle Systems, the large variety of industries over which we receive orders gives us an interesting vantage point from which we can see how things have evolved quite a bit this year. Today we thought it would be useful to share some of what we have been seeing and what we might expect because of it going into 2021. To be brief – you’ve been incredibly innovative and creative this year.

Topics: Mobile Power 3PL ECommerce Planning

Reverse Logistics for Beginners

If you are like thousands of other businesses around the world this year, you probably can check off at least one of the boxes below:

  • We had to figure out how to do E-Commerce for the first time.
  • We previously dabbled with E-Commerce, but suddenly had to get good at it.
  • We’ve been doing E-Commerce for a while, but this year broke all our records.
  • Our Returns Process is messy, expensive and hard to manage to customer expectations.

If you’ve checked off either of the first two boxes, you probably needed to check off the last box too.

Topics: Warehouse Management ECommerce

It’s Time to Look for a 3PL Partner

Back in March when it became clear that we would be in for a very unpredictable year ahead, we were quick to point out that anyone who was not already good at E-Commerce would now need to be or disproportionately suffer from the slowdown in activity. Four months into the crisis, that seems more true than even we had considered.

Topics: 3PL ECommerce Planning

Everyone Needs to Learn E-Commerce Now

When we started to realize that the current crisis was going to be much more than a small hiccup in our year, one of the things we discussed internally was that we would likely see a large bump in E-Commerce growth because for many businesses in some industries it would become the only way they can reach customers while their traditional channels were greatly reduced if not entirely closed – temporarily or permanently.

Topics: 3PL ECommerce WMS

How Does Your Warehouse Compare For Space and Congestion? – Industry Benchmark Review, Part I

Unless your facility is consistently recognized as a bleeding edge innovator and always staying two steps ahead of the rest of your industry, you’re probably like the rest of us and are hungry to know more about how your facility performs or compares to your competitors or others in your industry.

Topics: Distribution Center Warehouse Management Warehouse ECommerce Industry Benchmark Review