Top 25 3PL warehousing companies in 2020 (by revenue)

6 River Systems

Third-party logistics companies ( 3PLs ) specialize in distribution, warehousing and fulfillment services. Today, anyone can start an online retailing business from any part of the world and ensure their products are delivered to customers efficiently by using a third-party logistics company.

How Sourcing has Reemerged in a Covid-19 World

Jaggaer

For the first three months after Covid-19 hit, virtually every sourcing project , in every sector , was put on hold while companies tried to assess the situation and how best to deal with the epidemic. Diversify Your Sourcing Needs. COVID-19 Sourcing

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Why Large Companies Increasingly Opt for 4PL Services

Logistics Bureau

By contrast, the third-party logistics model is where a manufacturer retains oversight of its supply chain but outsources such processes as warehousing, shipping, packing, and distribution to a 3PL provider. 3) Ecommerce and Multi-Channel Retail. Organising deliveries to retailers.

Warehouse layout optimization tips to increase production

6 River Systems

Labor costs, on an average, constitute more than 65% of the expenses for a warehouse. It is a best practice to review the operation of your warehouse before implementing automation, but it also has a significant impact on production and operational efficiency. The processes in a disarrayed warehouse cannot easily be automated as automation heavily relies on warehouse layout optimization, as well as standardized processes and procedures. Warehouse Efficiency

Technology + Human Touch = Digital Supply Chain Excellence

Gravity Supply Chain

Articles Gravity Technology humantouch digital supplychain digitize futureproof flexibility flexible transparency visibility sourcing procurement distribution fulfillment logistics retail manufacturing cost warehouses warehousing carriers lean agile platform data BigData silo silos ecosystem tools speed efficiencyThere’s no need to do the maths; we’ve got the answer for you!

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50 expert warehouse optimization tips and techniques

6 River Systems

Optimizing your warehouse means examining every corner of your infrastructure and every facet of your workflows and processes to identify and correct inefficiencies. Not only does warehouse optimization result in a healthier bottom line, but it also improves key warehouse metrics like accurate orders and on-time delivery. Of course, warehouse optimization isn’t something you do just once; it’s an ongoing process, and a complex one at that.

Five Tips on Sourcing Products From China

EMERGE App

Google a phrase like “sourcing products from China” and you’ll instantly be faced by almost 39 million results! You need to source for products to sell at wholesale prices to your retail customers. And the place to source for most, if not all, of your products is in China. This blog post doesn’t aim to be the ultimate guide to sourcing goods from China. I like to start with a broad-based search at Alibaba and Global Sources.

Improving Your Manufacturing Operations Using Warehouse Automation  

NC State SCRC

Ian is an expert on warehouse automation, and shares his insights on how you need to get started in thinking about technology and robotics in your warehouse or manufacturing operation. Sandwiched between warehouse and distribution center, manufacturing is where the value gets added. To be fair, many warehouses have benefited from new technology. Here is a look some of the biggest, and a discussion of how warehouse automation benefits manufacturers.

The Internet of Things and the Retail Industry

C3 Solutions

This article is part of our Retail Program. Designed specifically to support global leaders by aiding in creating a strategic plan to help them win the retail game. The value of the IoT market in retail is predicted to jump from US$10 billion in 2017 to around $35 billion by 2024.

Modernizing the Retail Supply Chain

Enterra Insights

When most people think about the retail sector, they think about front-end selling. Without the back-end supply chain, however, retailers would have nothing to sell. Manufacturers would supply retailers, who would then resell the goods to consumers — therefore dealing with complaints or queries from the end consumer. 2] He writes, “Without a doubt, the biggest ongoing trend changing supply chain management is the retail convenience revolution.

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Omnichannel Retail Strategy: Not just a Buzzword, But a Business Model

Cerasis

An omnichannel retail strategy is the new norm in today’s supply chains. Therefore, an omnichannel retail strategy must become the new standard business model for companies wanting to remain competitive. The Problem: Retailers Have Yet to Act on Omnichannel Needs Omnichannel might be a buzzword in retail circles, but most retailers are still stuck in the multichannel days. Use technology to manage warehousing and transportation.

23 warehouse pros reveal the best ways for warehouses to control & reduce fulfillment costs

6 River Systems

Every warehouse strives for efficient order fulfillment. There are many factors that can impact costs, from warehouse replenishment practices to the warehouse equipment deployed to support the fulfillment process. ” Meet Our Panel of Warehouse Pros: Nate Masterson. Read on to learn more about the best strategies to control and reduce your warehouse fulfillment costs. 1) Warehousing space and inventory control. Warehouse Efficiency

5 Strategies for Retailers to Combat the Coronavirus Impact

Vinculum

The eCommerce, retail and fashion industry seem to get asignificant hit. Retailers, large and small are experiencing falling footfall across their brick-and-mortar and digital presence. There is absolutely zero footfall in retail shops, and malls with the disrupted travel and restrictions imposed upon venturing out from the safety of homes. Listed below are some of the key strategies that retailers must plan on leveraging, now.

Amazon supply chain management pushes retail to the limit

Kinaxis

When it comes to supply chain excellence, particularly in the retail sector, there is one behemoth dominating the landscape: Amazon. The online retailer’s most recent patent focuses on drone technology, and would involve drones delivering packages with parachutes. It’s just the latest in a string of patents that span the gamut from smart stores to flying warehouses. by Alexa Cheater How to overcome the Amazon effect.

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Why “Distributed Order Management” is a top retail trend and why you should care

The Network Effect

Today I want to talk about an important concept in retail–Distributed Order Management (“DOM”). The best way to achieve this is to provide a single, global view of all inventory available in order to intelligently source the line item components of that order, ensuring that the business can meet both current and future customer demand while optimizing inventory, logistics, and asset utilization.

Logistics Startup: FLEXE and Pop-up Warehousing

Techgistics

Source: FLEXE. Today's innovations from startups could be the source of transformation that shapes the future of logistics. This is the first in a series of posts on start-ups in the Logistics industry and we’ll start with a “shared economy” player, Flexe, a marketplace for excess warehousing space. FLEXE is a cloud-based peer-to-peer marketplace for sharing excess warehouse capacity; the airbnb for warehouses.

50 expert tips on improving warehouse efficiency & productivity

6 River Systems

Most warehouses are on an ongoing mission to maximize productivity by optimizing workflows, automating processes and reducing waste (both time and resources). Warehouses are complex operations with many moving parts and functions happening simultaneously, so while there are plenty of areas to improve productivity, it’s not always easy to determine where your efforts will pay off. More than 50% of your warehouse labor is in pick and pack, so start there.

Omni-Channel Retailers Supply Chain Survival Plan

Logility

Omni-channel retailers must be able to leverage their inventory and supply chain visibility more intelligently, or risk being swamped by these “new world orders.” ” (see Retail TouchPoints white paper: Develop an Omni-Channel Competitive Advantage ). Use virtual warehousing to maximize stock availability. It’s an omni-channel world out there.

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Is it Advantage Organized Retail in India?

Logistics Trends and Insights

Guest post by a former UPS colleague and now independent consultant with a particular specialty in India, e-commerce and retail. For more on Raghu and how to contact him with questions, sources etc. There has been a sea change in the Indian Retail landscape over the past ten years. Organized retail is 7% of the total retail market in India – compared to upwards of 85% in the US – and is expected to grow to 10% in 2020. India retail Retail

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The Decimation of Retail Jobs in One Chart

Techgistics

The number of warehousing and storage jobs since 2010 has more than doubled in the U.S. while retail employment has been flat (and negative since Covid-19) over the same period of time. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Amazon e commerce logistics warehouse walmartChart shows the percentage change in employment since 2010.

Managing Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) For Future Growth

IQMS

Bottom Line: It’s time to transition the role of warehouses from cost centers to revenue centers that support new digitally enabled supply chains and business models that require greater accuracy, speed, and scale than ever before. A Warehouse Management System is the tool that can make that happen. Like manufacturing, warehouses, and the systems that manage them, are going through an inflection point. How A Warehouse Management System (WMS) Helps Manufacturers Grow.

Retail Shipping Perfection is a Costly Reality

Zipline Logistics

But in the world of retail transportation, very few shippers have the ability to be flexible with their deliveries. However, as the retail industry evolves and changes to meet the demands for the modern consumer, that is exactly what retailers look for from their suppliers. E-commerce has permanently altered consumer expectations for near instantaneous product fulfillment and retailers have adjusted to remain competitive. There are many moving parts in retail shipping.

What Your Company Needs to Succeed in Today’s Retail Landscape

AIMMS

It’s no mystery that some of the world’s largest retail chains are struggling to survive. In Europe, V&D , a major Dutch department store, and Brantano , a large footwear retailer operating in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, have officially declared bankruptcy. Still, even in the midst of this turmoil, retailers like Kroger and Zalando are thriving. What are these companies doing differently and what trends should retailers look out for?

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How to build an automated warehouse system: which new technologies do you need and why?

6 River Systems

Many warehouses are seeking ways to leverage automation for better efficiency, but building an efficient automated warehouse system requires careful selection of the right technologies. Your warehouse systems and software need to be able to share data between them, but those systems are not all the same and may have different data formats. APIs enable applications to collect data from disparate warehouse information systems, supporting integration and eliminating data silos.

How Adding Ship-from-Store to an Omni-channel Strategy Changes the Retail Network

Talking Logistics

Omni-channel retailers today require agility in order to compete and thrive. When it comes to adapting the retail network for an omni-channel approach, a focus on the customer is essential. In addition, shoppers expect retailers to have products they want when it comes to brand, size, style and color. At the end of any season, product becomes scarce in a retailer’s network. Retailers need to determine how much extra work it will cause for associates.

Optimizing Retail Supply Chains to Meet Demand and Reduce Costs

CH Robinson Transportfolio

The modern retail consumer. Digital retailers have changed consumers’ expectations across the entire retail landscape, with convenience and immediate access to almost any product now foremost in consumers’ minds. And with the advent of services like online ordering, parking lot pickup, and home delivery, retailers increasingly need to become supply chain specialists, or work with those who are, to stay competitive. . Gaps in modern retail supply chains.

Optimizing Retail Supply Chains to Meet Demand and Reduce Costs

CH Robinson Transportfolio

The modern retail consumer. Digital retailers have changed consumers’ expectations across the entire retail landscape, with convenience and immediate access to almost any product now foremost in consumers’ minds. And with the advent of services like online ordering, parking lot pickup, and home delivery, retailers increasingly need to become supply chain specialists, or work with those who are, to stay competitive. . Gaps in modern retail supply chains.

[How to] Overcome the Impact of Covid-19 and Scale Your Retail Business

Vinculum

Now it is very important for brands and retailers to move their business from offline to online because it is the need of the hour. JD.com, China’s largest online retailer, has seen sales of common household staples quadruple over the same period last year. Source: McKinsey & Company COVID-19 US Consumer Pulse Survey. Source: McKinsey & Company COVID-19 US Consumer Pulse Survey. Source: McKinsey & Company COVID-19 US Consumer Pulse Survey.

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The Past, Present, and Future of Technology in the Warehouse

Logistics Bureau

Imagine stepping back in time to visit a large warehousing operation in 1990. To save you from a meltdown, let’s take a brief journey through warehouse operating developments from 1990 to 2045. While some imagination will still be required on this journey, most of the hard work has been done in the writing of this article, so you can shut down the imagination overdrive and cruise through this rundown of technology’s impact on warehouses and distribution centers.

Fast Fashion's Inventory Woes: 3 Ways Retailers Can Stay in Business

Elementum

Since the 1990’s, when little-known clothing retailer Zara announced it could take a garment from concept to rack in just 15 days, “fast fashion” has captured the minds of consumers. However, this dynamic industry is now facing the same challenges as some traditional retailers —unsold inventory and profit losses. Amidst falling profits, retailers should consider a few things in order to stay relevant with consumers: Know What Your Customers Want.

Warehouse Cost Reductions: 3 Understandings Driven By Inventory Management & Lean Principles

Cerasis

This is the second part of my series on various ways to reduce overall costs as it relates to logistics and warehouse cost reductions. Today, I will now address how a focus on inventory will allow for warehouse cost reductions as well. A Focus on Inventory Control Begets Warehouse Cost Reductions. If you are looking for warehouse cost reductions, chances are you are stocking too much inventory. Understand "Hidden Costs" in the Warehouse Cost Reductions Quest.

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Optimizing Inventory Management for Online Retail

RELEX Solutions

Online stores — whether for a pure e-commerce retailer or as part of an omnichannel operation — allow retailers to offer customers a vast assortment that simply can’t be rivaled by traditional brick and mortar locations. Online retailers aren’t even physically limited by warehouse space, as not all products need to be stored in their own warehouses. The pace of online retail is simply too fast for that. Stay on top of the latest trends in retail planning.

Question and Answer – How to Break Six Bad Retail Planning Habits

Logility

Retail has changed a lot in just the last few years, never mind the past 10 or 20 years. On the webcast, How to Break Six Bad Habits of Retail Planning Habits , featuring RSR Research co-found Paula Rosenblum and Logility Director or Retail Business Consulting Jim Brown, we explored many of the processes (or habits) implemented a decade or more ago that are still at the heart of today’s retail operations. eBook: 6 Bad Habits of Retail Planning

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Fast Fashion's Inventory Woes: 3 Ways Retailers Can Stay in Business

Elementum

Since the 1990’s, when little-known clothing retailer Zara announced it could take a garment from concept to rack in just 15 days, “fast fashion” has captured the minds of consumers. However, this dynamic industry is now facing the same challenges as some traditional retailers —unsold inventory and profit losses. Amidst falling profits, retailers should consider a few things in order to stay relevant with consumers: Know What Your Customers Want.

The Supply Chain Detective™ and the Distribution Centre Disaster!

Supply Chain Game Changer

I was in the Retail Industry which meant that in Supply Chain this was the beginning of the frantic Holiday season. Products were arriving at our Distribution Centres from all over the world at an unprecedented rate so that we could in turn send them out to the Retail stores over the next few months. We were anticipating receiving more goods than ever but as it was my first year in Retail I had been assured by my team that we could handle the load. Subscribe Here!