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Say Goodbye to Soaring FedEx Surcharges This Peak Season (and Hello to Micro-Fulfillment Solutions)

By Gina Anderson on Sep 7, 2021 3:06:00 PM

Like many other retailers and shippers around the country (and the globe), you might be lamenting the additional FedEx surcharges that began June 21st. After supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19, the recent round of surcharges felt like a slap in the face. The increased costs for additional handling, peak season delivery, and residential delivery packs a financial punch when you’re sending thousands of packages a month. But where do you turn when other national (and sometimes even regional) carriers are following suit? 

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Set Your Brand Apart: How to Jump Start a Responsible Sourcing Program

By Gina Anderson on Jul 15, 2021 8:00:00 AM

As you prepare for peak season, don’t lose sight of a key brand differentiator: sustainable sourcing. Sustainable brands are surging in popularity, but responsible sourcing is more than a trend. It’s a necessity for the environment and for your branding as well. From your manufacturing processes to your last-mile delivery and returns practices, your corporate responsibility profile can make a huge difference in how your brand is perceived. Your supply chain logistics and delivery plan are a crucial part of responsible sourcing.

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Last Mile or Last Straw: Is Your Logistics Partner Capping Your Shipments?

By Gina Anderson on Apr 22, 2021 8:44:15 PM

If ecommerce and retailers were already concerned about the growing surcharges placed on high-volume shipments this holiday season, then they definitely won’t be happy to hear that these same national carriers are also capping shipments for many

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Need for Speed: Same-Day Delivery’s Rapid Growth

By Gina Anderson on Apr 13, 2021 7:57:00 PM

Fast shipping was once considered a luxury, but in 2021, consumers demand it. E-commerce experts call this the Amazon Effect—the retail giant’s disruption of the industry that has set the standard for online shopping and delivery. In fact, nearly 90% of consumers confirm that because of Amazon, they have greater shipping expectations from other retailers.

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Retailing in a Post-Pandemic World

By Gina Anderson on Mar 30, 2021 7:58:00 PM

From item selections to the returns process, the entire shopping experience as we have known it has changed. 2020’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales officially broke all records for e-commerce shopping, and as more consumers adapt and embrace the ease of online shopping, these numbers are forecasted to have accelerated ahead roughly five years. 

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Addressing the Risks and Rising Costs of Using Same-Day Delivery Providers

By Gina Anderson on Mar 9, 2021 7:59:00 PM

Consumers have come to expect same-day delivery for nearly everything they purchase. Retailers have responded by using crowdsourcing providers and their applications. But solely relying on crowdsourced services for same-day deliveries has proven to be a risky move for some large retailers. How can your brand avoid crowdsourcing-related pitfalls and still offer the convenience of same-day delivery?

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A Place for Luxury Goods in a Mid & Post-Pandemic World

By Gina Anderson on Feb 9, 2021 7:27:00 PM

2020 was the year the global personal luxury goods market bled more than $79 billion in sales, a 23% decline from the year before, and the greatest year-over-year drop on record in more than twenty-five years. After all, when stores abruptly closed across the globe and discretionary travel slowed to a halt, this very traditional marketplace had not yet substantially adopted e-commerce channels. The effects from the global pandemic have shifted the luxury goods market in some permanent ways and have been the impetus for significant updates in the way luxury goods are marketed and sold, as well as in customer demands and expectations. Here’s a little cheat sheet on what luxury brands must do to pivot and make an impact in the coming months and years:

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Beyond Contract Negotiations: How to Optimize Your Parcel Network

By Gina Anderson on Feb 8, 2021 2:39:00 PM

Omnichannel distribution networks are intricate and complex and no two are alike. Once you negotiate your omnichannel network, you need to continue optimizing it to meet consumer demand for faster and cost effective shipping solutions.  

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The Forward Effect of 2021’s General Shipping Rate Increases

By Gina Anderson on Jan 7, 2021 2:42:00 PM

Shipping costs go up each year, but for 2021, some will be increasing more than others. As national parcel carriers continue to see high volume demands extend into the new year, some have decided to extend surcharges to meet increased operating costs after the holidays. 

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Eliminating the “Medical Device Black Hole” by Transforming Supply Chain Efficiencies

By Gina Anderson on Jan 5, 2021 8:06:00 PM

For many medical device manufacturers and healthcare systems, a proven path to better sales and strengthened physician relationships lies in improving control of the medical device journey. Mareo McCracken, the Chief Customer Officer at Movemedical, recently shared his insights on how to address these problems by fundamentally reimagining the medical device supply chain. 

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