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Employee Retention VS Technology Investment

Posted by Maeghan Hurley on Mon, Sep 29, 2014 @ 06:51 PM

Here’s a riddle: do you invest in technology that will allow you to hire fewer employees, or do you spend that money on your employees and count on training and experience to make up the differential? A quick answer: both. Working in distribution, you have to determine if an investment in technology is going to benefit your employees or not. But that’s the key. To focus on your employees benefit rather than technology that’s trending.

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Topics: Technology, Employee Retention, Fulfillment, Distribution

Does Your 3PL Provider Offer Business Continuity Planning Like MKM?

Posted by Kristen Melendez on Thu, Feb 06, 2014 @ 04:09 PM

When a retailer is searching for a 3PL, one main item of consideration ought to be business continuity. But while many 3PL providers market themselves as “technology companies,” and claim that their systems lead to fewer missed orders, what do they do when their system crashes? Are they able to stay on schedule? MKM boasts its ability to keep operations running even in the face of a system crash or other disruption. MKM maintains business, doesn’t miss orders, and keeps running on track.

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Topics: 3PL, Technology, Retail, Shipping, Inventory Management

The Benefit of Reporting

Posted by Kristen Melendez on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

In the modern age, we have information wherever and whenever we want it, and even sometimes when we don’t want it. We’re able to watch planes travel online in real-time, know the news as it happens, and track packages we order as they come from around the world. This real-time reporting has made a significant impact on the way supply chains work. Depending on the system a fulfillment or warehousing partner uses, retailers can have access to very specific information just as they need it.

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Topics: Technology, Process Improvement, Retail, Inventory Management

The Cost of E-Commerce – Technology & Equipment

Posted by Kristen Melendez on Tue, Oct 01, 2013 @ 09:00 AM

Warehouses are complex operations. They have to run seamlessly to ensure that operations are as efficient as possible. The ultimate goal is to eliminate waste: whether that’s wasted product, wasted energy, or wasted labor. In order to help humans be more efficient, we have technology and equipment to help us be faster, stronger, and safer.

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Topics: Technology, Inventory Management, E-commerce

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

Technology's Impact on MKM Distribution & Fulfillment

Posted by Kristen Melendez on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 @ 01:00 AM
I have been with MKM for almost two years, and have had the opportunity to see how technology has changed the face of how we do business. Paper logs are being replaced with electronic and our WMS system is by no means “Cookie Cutter”. By streamlining our network infrastructure, data can get to its destination without colliding with broadcast data. By integrating updated barcode scanning devices, and many other upgrades, we have increased our ROI and maintained maximum flexibility for our customers. Our ECOM facility has increased its wireless footprint to ensurea a more stable and secure communication between scanner and server. We have even implemented a “Public” wireless network for those who would rather BTOD (bring their own device).

Technology has improved our trucks with better fuel economy and soon to be added anti-idling technology. By implementing some of the latest technology for our drivers, instead of having multiple devices in the trucks, we will be able track the vehicles via GPS, get instant information to the drivers, scan cartons during delivery providing “real-time” updates, and monitor truck status using one, yes I said it, ONE device. This same device can also be used for electronic logs simplifying a drivers day.

Technology allows us to adapt to our customer's needs at a moment’s notice so we can “keep our promise” of delivering “on time, every time”.

Article written by
John Williams
IT Supervisor
MKM Distribution & Fulfillment
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Topics: Technology, Process Improvement, Shipping

Third Party Logistics and Automation

Posted by Kristen Melendez on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 @ 01:00 AM
I found this article very interesting.  The article is a nice review of what to keep in mind when looking for a third party logistics partner.  In addition, it focuses on automation and the future.  I think it is important to find a logistics partner that understands at what point it is necessary to automate.  An experienced ecommerce DC can run several million units without automation, if they have the right people and experience.  It is also important to keep in mind that automation is not a shortcut in some cases, and can limit an operation that is always changing. A highly automated facility is ideal for high volumes and standardized processes, and if you have to take a process offline it is important to have a flexible and experienced crew. MKM has found great success in implementing new technologies and automation when necessary to address the demands of a rapidly changing industry, but we always maintain a well trained laborforce because flexibility is core to our success and the success of our cutomer's.

http://www.scdigest.com/experts/Holste_12-08-01.php?cid=6064&ctype=content

Tanya Dodson
VP of Customer Fulfillment
MKM Distribution
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Topics: 3PL, Technology, Logistics, Distribution

Internet Retailer Conference Exhibit in San Diego June 14-16, 2011

Posted by Kristen Melendez on Mon, Jun 06, 2011 @ 05:15 AM


Please stop by our booth for games, prizes, and to meet our incredible staff! You can find MKM Distribution Services between the Internet Café and Food Café in booth 244.

Join 7,000+ e-retail professionals, hear 175 e-retail Executives in 100 conference sessions and visit 475 exhibiting companies at the seventh annual Internet Retailer Conference & Exhibition as they welcome the second revolution of e-commerce. IRCE draws e-retailers from all channels with the most comprehensive conference agenda and the world's largest display of the latest e-retailing technology.
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: Technology, Tradeshow, Distribution, E-commerce