Logistics services in North America, and around the globe, have undergone vast changes the past three decades. Supply chain management prowess was once demonstrated by fleets of high-speed trucks emblazoned with company brand logos, but in recent years, the practice has slowly been replaced by outside logistics providers championing multiple parties.
Previously, corporations commonly poured considerable resources into owning, operating, and maintaining in-house logistics systems to move their materials and goods from point A to point B. However, after evaluating the data from those early methods, companies have learned they were wasteful and inefficient. This began an industry-wide shift away from owning an all-inclusive operations and logistics experience.
In the world of retail logistics and order fulfillment, we have watched the “ship from store” trend go from a rarity to common practice in a relatively short period of time, leaving many retailers a bit puzzled about the new phenomenon. Others are left wondering what “ship from store” means, and how it is impacting the retail industry as a whole. The answer, it turns out, has a lot to do with the changes the internet has brought to the worlds of shipping and fulfillment, and the overall pressure within the industry to get products to customers faster. Continue reading
There are many moving parts to a supply chain, a fact which makes identifying problems troublesome. While you’re running around playing damage control, it can be overwhelming knowing what parts of your business to invest in. Should you pour money into new technology? Better training? New equipment? These questions are never easy. Continue reading