The Lean Philosophy movement developed by Toyota years ago, inspired many companies to find ways to eliminate Muda — a Japanese word meaning futility or waste — from their manufacturing and supply chain processes. Identifying seven types of wastes, the most egregious of which is […]
E-commerce has ushered in an era of constant variability in demand as online and mobile shoppers expect to be able to buy any product at any time. That makes it difficult for omnichannel retailers to predict on any given day what they will be selling. […]
With consumers expecting a seamless shopping experience whether they buy products in-store, online, or with a mobile phone, it’s no surprise that retailers and brand manufacturers are using a unified commerce platform to enable a seamless front-end shopping experience for their customers.
A unified commerce platform […]
Given the dynamic pace of e-commerce today, fulfillment operations often have to respond to changing order demand on the fly. In order to satisfy the diversity of delivery requirements streaming into a fulfillment center from online customers, e-commerce and omnichannel retailers need […]
In a previous blog, we discussed the operational benefits that omnichannel retailers gains from switching from maintaining separate inventories for each sales channel to processing retail, e-commerce, and wholesale orders from a single stream of inventory.
In serving as the cornerstone of an […]
More than a decade ago when omnichannel retailers first began adding e-commerce fulfillment to their distribution operations, they typically set up separate material handling systems to process retail, wholesale, and e-commerce orders. In doing so, they also set up separate inventories dedicated to each channel. […]
Many retailers are considering investments in automated fulfillment systems today because of the strategic benefits and competitive edge automation can bring — especially to retailers facing omnichannel distribution challenges. But when it comes to actually investing in automation, some retailers shy away from the level […]
In the era of Intralogistics 4.0, “machine-learning software” will be the key to optimizing the order fulfillment process in omnichannel distribution centers (DCs). Enabling computer systems to learn without being explicitly programmed, machine-learning software will be used to analyze operations on […]
As we enter the era of Intralogistics 4.0, the process of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing as it’s commonly called, will mature and the price of the technology will diminish. As it does, it will add a new dimension to the […]