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Supply Chain Transparency

Posted by Kristen Melendez on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

Not only should a supply chain be able to stay transparent to itself—informing employees on its progress—but it should be able to demonstrate to clients its awareness and how it tracks product. This is especially the case for 3PL providers whose companies survive on accuracy and transparency.

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Topics: 3PL, Supply Chain, Inventory Management

The Effect of Claims on Retail Distribution

Posted by Kristen Melendez on Wed, Sep 04, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

Shipping is a big industry. There are millions of packages that are transferred across the world every day. Some of these packages contain items that are fragile, time-sensitive, or even potentially harmful if handled incorrectly. Unfortunately, when you handle such a large volume of packages, sometimes items get broken, miscounted or lost all together. To protect them, retailers have the option to file a claim to make up for the loss, but these claims have a big effect on distribution for a number of different reasons.

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Topics: Supply Chain, Retail

The Pros and Cons of Omni-Channel Retail Logistics

Posted by Kristen Melendez on Tue, Aug 06, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

There’s a lot of good to be had from omni-channel distribution, but it also comes with a lot of challenges. As businesses move to make the customer experience seamless across the storefront, web, and mobile apps, many are learning that there’s a lot more that goes into a satisfying customer experience than they may have thought. Fulfilling orders based on location is a great idea, and gets the item to a customer more quickly, but fulfillment like that requires a lot of logistics. There are pros and cons to omni-channel distribution, but there are ways to make the most of it.

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Topics: 3PL, Supply Chain, Store Fulfillment, Retail, Shipping, Pooled Distribution

How to integrate an Electronic Data Interchange

Posted by Kristen Melendez on Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 03:53 PM

Made famous by Wal-Mart, an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), uses proprietary or public channels among participating members, to exchange documentation and ultimately increase the speed of the supply chain process between participating members. An EDI uses electronic files, instead of printed documents to reduce the time it takes to move information from vendor to vendor or department to department.

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Topics: Technology, Process Improvement, Supply Chain

Supply chain talent shortage. Why now?

Posted by Kristen Melendez on Wed, May 15, 2013 @ 08:31 AM

Along the entire length of the supply chain there grows a common threat: a severe shortage of talent. A shortage that couldn’t be any more poorly timed. Globalization, market uncertainty, shifting demographic patterns, and the emergence of supply chain as a strategic business function are some of the factors that are driving the demand and the subsequent skills shortfall.

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Topics: 3PL, Supply Chain

Where Supply Chain Solutions Connect

Posted by Kristen Melendez on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 @ 08:56 AM
Don't miss North America's premier material handling, supply chain and logistics event. Come to ProMat 2013 from January 21-24, 2013 and see the best in the business. ProMat 2013 is the one show where you will see in action the latest manufacturing and supply chain solutions and innovations the industry has to offer and meet the leading providers face-to-face to help you:
    • Streamline your operations and improve visibility
    • Maximize efficiency and flexibility
    • Cut costs
    • Maximize supply chain security
    • Reduce your carbon footprint

MKM Retail Distribution & Fulfillment invites you to join us from January 21-24, 2013 at McCormick Place South by attending ProMat 2013. Register online today for complimentary admission to the show and educational conference.

VISIT US IN BOOTH # 4812

Schedule a meeting time with our booth staff and we will give you a $25 Visa Gift Card

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Topics: Process Improvement, Tradeshow, Logistics, Supply Chain

ProMat Show is your Supply Chain Connection

Posted by Kristen Melendez on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 @ 04:46 PM
 

Where Supply Chain Solutions Connect

Don't miss North America's premier material handling, supply chain and logistics event. Come to ProMat 2013 from January 21-24, 2013 and see the best in the business. ProMat 2013 is the one show where you will see in action the latest manufacturing and supply chain solutions and innovations the industry has to offer and meet the leading providers face-to-face to help you:

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Topics: Tradeshow, Supply Chain

A Network Design is Never Done

Posted by Kristen Melendez on Wed, Oct 17, 2012 @ 02:03 AM
This article, "A Network Design is never Done" by James A. Cooke, highlights the importance of continually analyzing supplier relationships and customer needs to identify changes that adversely impact your Supply Chain operation.  Assumptions made when a network was designed may quickly change, as is especially the case with the current retail landscape rapidly trending toward excellence in omni-channel sales.  I am interested to hear your thoughts on the beneficial roles that third party logistics provider play within your supply chain. You can comment directly to this blog or email me at kmelendez@mkm-logistics.com.
Looking for additional resoruces or have questions about MKM Distribution? Please email Kharlow@mkm-logistics.com or call (317) 334-7900.
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Topics: 3PL, Supply Chain, Omnichannel, Retail, E-commerce

How is Your Distribution Network Evolving with E-commerce Growth?

Posted by Kristen Melendez on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 @ 04:56 AM
There are many strategies to expedite or improve service to the customer while also trying to minimize logistics costs.  A recent DC Velocity article, "E-commerce Driving Regionalization of Distribution Networks" by  Mark B. Solomon, cites studies that have found: (1) 3/4 consumers will abandon online shopping carts if free shipping is not offered (2) inability to return merchandise impedes online shopping for most consumers. 

To overcome these barriers and still cost effectively service the customer, Mark suggests that many retailers will regionalize their distribution networks.  While this can have great advantages in reducing time in transit and shipping costs of orders, it may also drive up other logistics costs related to inventory allocation, storage, and transportation.

What have you found to be the most viable option for providing free shipping while reducing time in transit? Please post your thoughts here or email me at 
kmelendez@mkm-logistics.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
Looking for additional resoruces or have questions about MKM Distribution? Please email Kharlow@mkm-logistics.com or call (317) 334-7900.
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Topics: Supply Chain, Reverse Logistics, Shipping, Fulfillment, Distribution, E-commerce

MKM is located at the "Crossroads of America"

Posted by Kristen Melendez on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 @ 04:30 AM
There are numerous reasons to choose us as your 3PL provider--our experienced team, technology, service philosophy, but another great reason is a simple one--OUR LOCATION. MKM's corporate headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana--"The Crossroads of America." So what does this mean for you, our customer? It means that 75% of the United States and Canadian populations are within one day's driving distance ( Conexus Indiana) of our facilities. Learn more about MKM at our website, and the state of Indiana here.
Looking for additional resoruces or have questions about MKM Distribution? Please email Kharlow@mkm-logistics.com or call (317) 334-7900.
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Topics: 3PL, Logistics, Supply Chain, Distribution