The Ins and Outs of Distributed Order Management

While some of us might dread going to the store, shopping as we do is a modern convenience we often take for granted. Whether it's your local grocery store, a big box retailer chain, or an online storefront, we have an expectation that the products we seek should always be in stock. For most, inventory [...]

While some of us might dread going to the store, shopping as we do is a modern convenience we often take for granted. Whether it’s your local grocery store, a big box retailer chain, or an online storefront, we have an expectation that the products we seek should always be in stock. For most, inventory might as well be handled by magic and mystical logistics elves, making sure that new blender is on the shelf, ready to go to a...
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Do You Know About Pop-Up Retailing?

Since the birth of the Internet and the subsequent digital renaissance surrounding ecommerce, technology has changed the way we do business forever. From cloud-based computing that manages hundreds of thousands of orders, to services like same-day delivery or one-click shopping, there's no shortage of applications for these... well... apps. But it looks like some habits [...]

Since the birth of the Internet and the subsequent digital renaissance surrounding ecommerce, technology has changed the way we do business forever. From cloud-based computing that manages hundreds of thousands of orders, to services like same-day delivery or one-click shopping, there’s no shortage of applications for these… well… apps. But it looks like some habits will never die. Pop-up retailing is another interesting (and savvy) reaction to the increased digitalization of the economy. As Internet-based retailers cut into the market share...
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What’s the Difference Between Ship-to-Store and Ship...

As people are ordering products online in record numbers, brick-and-mortar stores are slowly drifting to the wayside. Some crafty retailers, however, are trying to capitalize on the new digital trend by offering ship-to-store and ship-from-store services. But what exactly is the difference? You might recognize ship-to-store by a different name: in-store pickup. This business model [...]

As people are ordering products online in record numbers, brick-and-mortar stores are slowly drifting to the wayside. Some crafty retailers, however, are trying to capitalize on the new digital trend by offering ship-to-store and ship-from-store services. But what exactly is the difference? You might recognize ship-to-store by a different name: in-store pickup. This business model is when a retailer offers customers an online storefront where they can order products instead of browsing physical aisles. Orders are then processed at a central...
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Spinning Webs: People, Logistics, and the Internet o...

With how the election year in the U.S. is going--all the doom and gloom on the news, social media, and the Internet--it's hard to not feel isolated. Current events aside, these feelings of loneliness and a lack of empathy from others have plagued humanity for as long as we've been around. But in that loneliness [...]

With how the election year in the U.S. is going–all the doom and gloom on the news, social media, and the Internet–it’s hard to not feel isolated. Current events aside, these feelings of loneliness and a lack of empathy from others have plagued humanity for as long as we’ve been around. But in that loneliness comes an intrinsic need to feel and be connected with others that expresses itself in countless ways. Despite their sometimes-negative impact, things like the Internet and...
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AgriCULTURE: How Farm-to-Table Builds Strong Communi...

It's easy to dismiss the whole "Eat Fresh, Local, and Organic" craze as nothing more than a passing trend. Only hippies and health nuts are willing to pay extra just for a fancy green sticker on their food, right? With all this technology and mass, conventional farming techniques, why do the steps in between matter? If it tastes [...]

It’s easy to dismiss the whole “Eat Fresh, Local, and Organic” craze as nothing more than a passing trend. Only hippies and health nuts are willing to pay extra just for a fancy green sticker on their food, right? With all this technology and mass, conventional farming techniques, why do the steps in between matter? If it tastes good, why bother caring how it got that way? Well, agriculture is a little more complicated than just making edible food. You might have already heard of the...
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Dimensional Weight: What You Need to Know About Volu...

No matter what line of business, everyone relies on shipping. Whether it’s shipping out to customers’ doorsteps or ordering from wholesalers to stock store shelves, a company’s approach to logistics can bring unparalleled success or cascading failure. But just like the captain of a sturdy ship, navigating the chaotic seas of commerce can be daunting as [...]

 

No matter what line of business, everyone relies on shipping. Whether it’s shipping out to customers’ doorsteps or ordering from wholesalers to stock store shelves, a company’s approach to logistics can bring unparalleled success or cascading failure. But just like the captain of a sturdy ship, navigating the chaotic seas of commerce can be daunting as industry standards and consumer trends rarely stay the same. UPDATE (Apr. 2017): the pricing rules for dimensional weight have changed since this article was first...
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From War to Work: Civilian Drones in the United States

There’s been a lot of buzz about drones lately, especially in the past couple of years. Every day it gets harder to avoid them, whether they're trending on the Internet or zooming by your window; everybody and their grandmother seems to be getting their own pet drone nowadays. But this rapidly growing market has prompted widespread discussion, namely [...]

 

There’s been a lot of buzz about drones lately, especially in the past couple of years. Every day it gets harder to avoid them, whether they’re trending on the Internet or zooming by your window; everybody and their grandmother seems to be getting their own pet drone nowadays. But this rapidly growing market has prompted widespread discussion, namely surrounding ethics, legality, and the scope of their use. After all, drones weren’t always about fun and games. Yes, much like microwaves, GPS, penicillin, passenger/commercial...
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People Powered: How To Become a Delivery Driver

It’s never been easier to get your foot in the door in the logistics sector. While juggernauts like UPS and FedEx seemed to have a monopoly on parcel delivery alongside the United States Postal Service, their time in the sun is slowly blotting out as start-ups encroach on their decades-old market share. Indeed, with a [...]

It’s never been easier to get your foot in the door in the logistics sector. While juggernauts like UPS and FedEx seemed to have a monopoly on parcel delivery alongside the United States Postal Service, their time in the sun is slowly blotting out as start-ups encroach on their decades-old market share. Indeed, with a few smartphone apps, registration, a car, and a good driving record, you can get started making your own rounds today. Like… right now, if you...
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Safe and Secure: The Importance of Void Fill

Hopefully by now you know what packaging is. You know, the container anything you buy usually comes in, especially if you order it online. But packaging isn’t just what’s around the outside of that new pair of shoes you bought in the store or those RAM sticks you ordered in bulk for your office’s IT [...]

Hopefully by now you know what packaging is. You know, the container anything you buy usually comes in, especially if you order it online. But packaging isn’t just what’s around the outside of that new pair of shoes you bought in the store or those RAM sticks you ordered in bulk for your office’s IT department. Most of the time, it’s not just air in that box alongside your new stuff, whatever that may be. That’s where void fill comes...
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