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Ready to Release Your RFP? Ask Yourself These 3 Questions First

  
  
  
Ready to Release Your RFP

Over the last few weeks, you’ve spent countless hours carefully crafting the most important document you’ll use to learn about your potential third-party logistics (3PL) partners: your RFP.

Preparing Your Fleet For Bad Weather

  
  
  
Preparing Your Fleet For Bad Weather

This winter is expected to be one of the worst we’ve seen in recent history, and that should be on your mind as you prepare your truck fleet come the holiday shopping rush. You have two main priorities: meeting deadlines and keeping your drivers safe. Depending on where your main distribution is happening in the country, you could face a serious threat to both. Here are a few tips on how to prepare.

Balancing Distribution Through Incentives

  
  
  
Balancing Distribution Through Incentives

Here’s the scoop: during the holiday shopping rush, you’re facing a crisis in distribution depending on the location of your distribution hubs, the location of your retailers, and your ability to harness all in a way that gets product to your customers. Through incentives—like sales, discounts, rewards—you can dominate distribution. Here’s how:

Value Added Services & the Holidays

  
  
  
Value Added Services & the Holidays

When the holidays approach, everyone gets busier. We all seem to have more responsibilities, mostly preparing to take a few days off to spend with family. As those additional tasks stack up, though, it can mean more workload, and a higher risk of something not getting done in time. When things like this start to add up, it might be time to ask for some additional help. But before you go and hire temp employees, consider talking to your 3rd party logistics (3PL) provider about what they might be able to take off your plate.

Communicating Promotions to Your 3PL

  
  
  
Communicating Promotions to Your 3PL

Every year, the holidays tend to make things busy in retail stores and warehouses across the country. There’s an upswing in activity just from people buying and shopping for gifts, both in stores and online. Usually, warehouses and distribution centers are able to plan accordingly for these upswings, because they’re consistent every year.

Preparing Brick & Mortars for Ecommerce Returns

  
  
  
Preparing Brick Mortars for Ecommerce Returns

With a rise in ecommerce sales scheduled during this year’s holiday shopping rush, you need to prepare for returns and reverse distribution as much as you prepare for filling orders. A key to this is preparing your retailers. Making space for restocking, preparing your staff, and communicating with your customers about the potential to return ecommerce items to brick and mortar stores is crucial. Here’s how to approach each.

New Survey: E-commerce Retailers Aim to Shorten Fulfillment Time, Capture Last-minute Sales

  
  
  
E commerce Retailers Aim to Shorten Fulfillment Time Capture Last minute Sales

A new survey from retail strategy firm Kurt Salmon demonstrates that e-commerce retailers areunder increasing pressure to process and ship holiday orders quickly. In addition, a greater number of retailers plan to offer free shipping during the holiday season or year-round.

Report: West Coast Ports Set Records Ahead of Potential Shutdown

  
  
  
West Coast Ports Set Records Ahead of Potential Shutdown

Are you worried about stocking your shelves before a potential port shutdown? You’re not alone. The monthly Global Port Tracker report (produced by Hackett Associates on behalf of the National Retail Federation) shows record-setting import volume in September and October. The speculation: retailers have been importing early to avoid disruption.  

Staffing Tips After the Holiday Shipping Rush

  
  
  
Staffing Tips After the Holiday Rush

Without a doubt, staffing during the holiday shopping season can become difficult while you try to meet a rise in orders, cover for staff on vacation, and balance full-time employees and temporary employees. Further training is involved, scheduling becomes an algorithm, and—most importantly—you’re being put to the test by your customers. But what happens after the rush? Here are a few tips to consider when the holiday rush is over and you need to reconfigure your scheduling.

Predicting the Unpredictable in Ecommerce

  
  
  
Predicting the Unpredictable in Ecommerce

With the boom in ecommerce sales during the holiday season of 2013, businesses, 3PLs, and shipping companies were overwhelmed by the high flux of orders coming in from online sales, and they were unable to meet consumers’ demands. They weren’t able to predict just how much that could change their business model. This year, know what to expect. Here are a few data points you can measure to know what ecommerce will look like this year.

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