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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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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Omnichannel Retailing: On Commerce and the Internet ...

Owning your own business in the 21st Century is a whole different ballpark from what it was like even just 20 years ago. On top of managing sales, products, expenses, and shipping, the savvy entrepreneur also needs to keep up on the ever-evolving vocabulary of the Internet economy. Of all the words and phrases to [...]

Owning your own business in the 21st Century is a whole different ballpark from what it was like even just 20 years ago. On top of managing sales, products, expenses, and shipping, the savvy entrepreneur also needs to keep up on the ever-evolving vocabulary of the Internet economy. Of all the words and phrases to remember, there’s two that, on their own can make or break your business: if you haven’t guessed by now, those words are none other than...
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