Just like any good job interview, an RFP is a two-way communication. It’s just as important to share the right information as it is to ask the right questions! Give a good first impression by painting a clear and honest picture about what your company is today, what you want to become, and who is the ideal 3PL (third-party logistics) partner for the challenges you face.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.