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WMS helps Pitman Creek tackle the challenges of growth

In 2015, Pitman Creek Wholesale found itself facing the classic growth challenge. Founded in 1978 by Don and Marella Stephens, the Danville, Ky.-based fishing gear company started out as a custom lure manufacturer catering to customers in Central Kentucky. But after James S. Coffey purchased the company in 1993, it evolved into a full-line tackle…

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By: In: WarehouseOS On: May 19, 2017

e-Commerce “Fast Shipping” Getting Faster

Better and faster delivery of e-commerce orders is expected by consumers. And these shoppers don’t want to pay more for the rapid delivery. This will show up as the picking, packing, and shipping operations of e-commerce vendors are technologically preparing for the 2017 holiday season. Business Seasonality U.S. e-commerce sales growth continues to outpace stores….

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By: In: WarehouseOS On: May 12, 2017

Lowest Unemployment Rate in a Decade Impacting Cost of E-commerce Warehouse Labor

Jennifer Smith reported in the Wall Street Journal that retailers and logistics companies have been opening warehouses at a record pace to ensure online orders reach customers as quickly as possible and are struggling to find workers to staff them.  Small or large e-commerce success relies on “pickers” to grab items off warehouse shelves and…

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By: In: WarehouseOS On: May 05, 2017

Reducing the Return Rate in e-Commerce

Recently SupplyChainBrain examined the rapid growth rate of international e-commerce, and the many challenges associated with it; such as currency, delivery times, customs, and returns. As a result, logistics providers such as FedEx, UPS, and Pitney Bowes have acquired niche players to expand their international e-commerce capabilities. Combined with these niche players, logistics providers are utilizing…

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By: In: Uncategorized On: Apr 28, 2017

Small E-Commerce Companies Learning to Cope with Supply Chain Complexity

Supply Chain Brain has noted that the consumer products industry has undergone radical change over the past several years, rendering older methods for matching supply to demand ineffective. Consider some of the upheavals facing consumer products manufacturers today. Shoppers have many ways to access, research, and purchase products. They can visit traditional brick-and-mortar stores, club…

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By: In: WarehouseOS On: Apr 26, 2017

Sparkle In Pink PRESS RELEASE

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, April 25, 2017 – Sparkle In Pink is enjoying the benefits of having a new consolidated distribution center located in Draper, Utah. After partnering with HOJ Engineering and Sales to design and install all the material handling equipment for their new distribution center including the integration of WarehouseOS , “WOSTM”, an…

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By: In: WarehouseOS On: Apr 21, 2017

Growing Robotics in E-Commerce Are Still Out of Reach for Smaller Operations

Greg Sterling reported a recent survey of 12,000 randomly selected U.S. smartphone users about their mobile shopping behaviors. The company found that 85% of respondents said their mobile commerce buying was steady or had increased since last year.  While roughly 15 percent shared that mobile buying had increased “significantly,” Personal data security and/or poor user…

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By: In: WarehouseOS On: Apr 16, 2017

E-commerce Growth Drives Strong Industrial Market Performance, Payment Innovation, and Lean Efficiencies in Picking, Packing, and Shipping

Patricia Kirk reported for National Real Estate Investor that industrial vacancy is at an all-time low, declining by 70 basis points from a year ago to an aggregate nationwide vacancy of 5.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016. According to the year-end industrial market report from real estate services firm JLL, the former record…

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By: In: WarehouseOS On: Apr 07, 2017

Warehouses Are Impacted by Mobile e-Commerce Trends

Ecommerce spending increased 18% to $109.3 billion in Q4 2016 according to                      Multi-Channel Merchant. The majority of online buying occurred on desktop computers, with $86.6 billion spent, up 13% versus one year ago. Meanwhile, m-commerce (mobile e-commerce) spending on smartphones and tablets contributed $22.7 billion, with a significantly higher year-over-year growth rate than desktop at…

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By: In: WarehouseOS On: Mar 31, 2017

Tablet-Based Picking Drives Down Labor Costs

  For most warehouses, order picking represents 60% to 78% of labor costs. Solutions which directly reduce order picking labor for both manufacturers and distributors is the most important aspect of a lean manufacturing operation. While order picking methods vary as greatly as the distribution centers teams who use them, an order picking systems design…

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