We’re always talking with our clients about ways to improve their operations. For example, we’re often asked how to reduce the number of returns or the best ways to manage inventory. Regardless of where improvements are needed, the insight we gain and the recommendations we make are rooted in data. And that data almost always comes from KPI’s.
Since we’re located in the heart of Indiana, I admit that we’re a little biased when we talk about the logistics industry in the Midwest. But when you take a critical look at the industry, such as in this infographic, distributing from the Midwest is a good business decision for many retailers.
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.
Giorgio Guglielmi is the Vice President of Store Delivery for MKM. He mitigates truck breakdowns and delays, and ensures drivers are professional and punctual. On top of that, his main concern is getting the job done for the customer—no matter what it takes. He began his over ten-year relationship with MKM in the warehouse where he learned the importance of getting trucks loaded, on the road, and to their destination without hiccup or delay.