Top Megatrends to Adopt by 2025

Posted by PLS Logistics May 16, 2017 at 9:01 AM

Today, business operates in a digital world – once that changes at a rate seemingly impossible to keep up with. In order to succeed in this business climate, a company needs to adapt to the pace of change.

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The Future of Supply Chain Has Arrived: A Look at the Sentient Supply Chain

Posted by PLS Logistics May 4, 2017 at 9:03 AM

A new term to describe a supply chain that is all-seeing, real-time, productive, optimized, and cognitive has recently emerged. The “sentient supply chain” refers to a supply chain that’s nodes communicate 24/7.

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Opinions on Outsourcing: Whose WMS Should Be Utilized When Outsourcing to a 3PL?

Posted by PLS Logistics April 6, 2017 at 9:02 AM

An efficient warehouse management system (WMS) is an invaluable part of a company’s distribution strategy. As omnichannel fulfillment becomes increasingly more popular and complex, WMS systems are too. Companies need to be able to plan and optimize orders quickly and accurately.

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Here’s How Grocery Retailers Can Reel in Millennial 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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Omnichannel Takes on Food Industry, Gains Consumer Support

Posted by PLS Logistics November 17, 2016 at 7:50 AM

There is a shift in how consumers are approaching grocery shopping, using more channels than ever before. Grocery is an $800 billion market – online grocery sales are expected to grow, becoming a $24 billion industry in 2017.

“Retailers are grappling to not only understand consumers varied shopping patterns, but also capture shares of their increasingly fragmented shopping trips,” says Susan Viaman of IRI.

Although the food supply chain infrastructure is efficient, consumers are seeking home delivery and click-and-collect options, and grocery stores have to adjust, overhauling their fulfillment system to serve the omnichannel market

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Advice for Retail Shippers Struggling with Last Mile

Posted by PLS Logistics September 13, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Understanding Last Mile Logistics

Last mile logistics refers to the outbound transportation from a fulfillment or distribution center to the final delivery at the customer’s door. The last mile is the top priority for retail brands, but is also the most expensive, least efficient and most challenging part of the delivery process.

Read: 6 Signs it’s Time to Outsource Transportation Management

The e-commerce consumer market is growing; eMarketer forecasts that global B2C e-commerce will reach $2.3 trillion by 2017. With more shoppers comes increased need for quick fulfillment, generating further attention to the last mile.

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E-Commerce Changes Traditional Retail Shipping Strategies

Posted by PLS Logistics February 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Customer demand and connectivity are high, and retailers are struggling to keep up with the competitive omni-channel environment. Supply chains are shifting in order to accommodate the rapidly changing landscape for the way people buy and the way goods are moved.

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The Main Reason it’s Time to Throw Away Manual Processes

Posted by PLS Logistics January 14, 2016 at 10:00 AM

A 2015 Logistics Management survey shows that only 35% of shippers are using transportation management systems as part of their overall supply chain management strategies. Companies that rely on spreadsheets and manual interactions with suppliers are spending a lot of time on functions that can be automated by a transportation management system. With a TMS, companies can be active in pursuing lower costs, faster lanes and productive solutions.

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5 Ways a TMS Supports Omni-Channel Commerce

Posted by PLS Logistics December 29, 2015 at 11:00 AM

Having a powerful, scalable transportation management system (TMS) is necessary for effective transportation operations. Omni-channel commerce is much more difficult to handle than every day operations from a transportation perspective, and visibility into the supply chain is the key to success. A TMS can provide detailed reports to improve omni-channel functions.

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How Retailers Overcome Challenges of Seasonal Demand

Posted by PLS Logistics November 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM

The biggest shopping weekend of the year is right around the corner, and retailers have been planning for the increase in sales for months. Most retailers have adopted to the omni-channel environment, merging numerous shopping channels for the convenience of the customer. Modern shoppers avoid the long lines and huge crowds associated with Black Friday to buy from online vendors who offer the same markdowns, plus free shipping and various return options.

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