Trending Topic: Can Small Retailers Meet “Fast and Free” Shipping Demands?

Posted by PLS Logistics March 28, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Nowadays, we’re living in the age of the “spoiled consumer.” E-commerce shoppers have an undying demand for both fast and free shipping, one that has been perpetuated by benefits like Amazon’s Prime membership, a $99 per year membership that qualifies buyers for free two-day shipping on eligible products. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a Prime member who will buy a product with no “Prime” logo without extensive searching for a substitute that comes with the free two-day shipping benefits first.

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Here’s How Grocery Retailers Can Reel in Millenial Shoppers

Posted by PLS Logistics March 21, 2017 at 10:32 AM

Grocery retailers spend hours, days, and even months trying to differentiate their brand and make themselves the consumer’s go-to store. In an industry that touches almost every target market, this can be tough.

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Supply Chain Automation: The Only Answer to E-Commerce Challenges

Posted by PLS Logistics August 19, 2016 at 1:00 PM

The number of online shoppers is estimated to reach 270 million by 2020. In 2015, online sales totaled $335 billion, and a recent report from Forrester predicts that online sales will grow by an average annual rate of 9.32% over the next 5 years.

Demanding e-commerce shoppers are challenging the way businesses approach fulfillment. Among many different solutions employed across a number of industries, automation in the supply chain has been the most successful.

Automation in the Warehouse

Automation in the supply chain helps increase speed, accuracy and productivity. Today’s warehouses are no exception - they are hi-tech and extremely efficient, using automation to rapidly fulfill orders.

“To be great in e-commerce, you need to be sophisticated inside the warehouse,” said Karl Siebrecht of Flexe. Robotic installations in the US were up 11% in 2014 over the previous year.

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6 Trending Transportation News Stories: June 2016

Posted by PLS Logistics June 30, 2016 at 10:00 AM

  • Wal-Mart Testing Grocery Delivery + Drones. To compete with Amazon, Wal-Mart stores are testing a grocery-delivery service with Uber
    (in the Phoenix market) and Lyft (in the Denver market). Once a customer places a grocery order online, it will be filled and packaged by employees, then sent in an Uber or Lyft to the customer’s location. The retailer is also testing drone use at its warehouses. Drones capture real-time images and spot missing inventory. A drone can complete this task in about 1 day, but it would take a full month if done manually.
  • Volvo Concept Truck to Change Long-Haul Operations. Volvo developed a new concept vehicle that cuts fuel consumption by more than 30%. One of the key factors behind the low fuel consumption is its incredible 40% improvement in aerodynamic efficiency that has benefited both the tractor and trailer. The aim is to improve the efficiency of long-haul truck transportation by 50%.
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