Vermont Teddy Bear on Peak Season Operations Hiring

| Mike O'Brien

In our latest MCM CommerceChat podcast, Katie Langrock, VP of operations for Vermont Teddy Bear, talks about her company’s approach to recruitment, hiring and retention, especially during peak season. Katie will also take part in a session on this topic at MCM’s E-Fulfillment Summit on Thursday, June 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT.

More Than One-Third of Warehouses Not Using WMS

| Mike O'Brien

Despite its many advantages, WMS software is not in use at nearly 35% of distribution and fulfillment center operations, according to a survey by the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). See what other technology preferences and investment plans were cited by operations professionals.

Ecommerce Operations Summit 2019 Call for Speakers Now Open

| Mike O'Brien

Are you an operations and fulfillment professional with a great, compelling story to tell that will educate and inform your industry peers? If so, we want to hear from you! The Ecommerce Operations Summit 2019 Call for Speakers is open from now until Aug. 10. Send us your best ideas and we’ll consider them for next year’s agenda.

Amazon Expands Hub Pickup Lockers in Apartment Buildings

| Mike O'Brien

A year after a quiet introduction, Amazon is expanding Hub by Amazon, secure keypad-access lockers in high-rise and garden apartments that allow shoppers to grab packages at their convenience. Interestingly, the service is available to other shippers as well as Amazon itself.

8 Benefits to Accurate SKU Dimensions, Weights in Your Warehouse

| Brian Barry

Without accurate SKU dimensions and weights for each item in their warehouse, companies struggle to provide basic data for slotting, better capacity planning and if necessary, full truckload or LTL planning, paying more than is necessary in freight costs. Here are 8 steps to better SKU dimensioning in your operations.

Study Finds Young Shoppers Still Love Stores, Will Wait for Packages

| Mike O'Brien

A new study of shoppers ages 14-24 by Fluent Commerce found that young shoppers weren’t as eager for fulfillment immediacy as you’d think in the age of Amazon Prime and guaranteed two-day delivery, with most digital natives still good with hitting the stores. See what else matters to the next wave of consumers.

Same-Day Delivery App Curbside Acquired by Rakuten

| Mike O'Brien

Tokyo-based marketplace and logistics supplier Rakuten has acquired Curbside, a startup with $50 million in funding that powers same-day store and restaurant pickup of online orders, for an undisclosed amount. See what this deal means for the retail and restaurant customers of Curbside.