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US needs 330M square feet of warehouse space to keep up with e-commerce: CBRE

Dive Brief: The U.S. will need to add 330 million square feet of warehouse space dedicated to online fulfillment by 2025 in order to keep pace with the expected uptick in e-commerce sales over the same time period, according to a recent report from CBRE. The report expects e-commerce sales in the U.S. will increase… Continue reading US needs 330M square feet of warehouse space to keep up with e-commerce: CBRE

Retail Sales, Factory Data Show Growing Pains for U.S. Recovery

An onslaught of economic reports on Tuesday added to evidence of a U.S. recovery in full swing, yet one experiencing growing pains. While retail sales in May fell more than forecast, Americans may simply be shifting more of their spending to services such as travel and entertainment. The government’s report also showed merchant receipts were… Continue reading Retail Sales, Factory Data Show Growing Pains for U.S. Recovery

Cluster analysis can help determine where to store inventory, reduce split shipments

When a company receives an online order from a customer with multiple items across different SKUs, it then has to decide the best way to fulfill the order and minimize split shipments. A recent paper from researchers in China looked at using a clustering algorithm with product categories in an attempt to reduce spit shipments.… Continue reading Cluster analysis can help determine where to store inventory, reduce split shipments

Robotics efforts from Amazon, Alibaba highlight e-commerce's automated future

Dive Brief: Amazon and Alibaba have each unveiled over the last week robots they have been developing at research facilities, and their plans to test or deploy them in warehouses and last-mile delivery, according to separate announcements from the e-commerce companies. Alibaba’s logistics arm Cainiao Network announced its plans to deploy 1,000 Xiamonanlv robots to… Continue reading Robotics efforts from Amazon, Alibaba highlight e-commerce's automated future

Podcast | E-tailers Scramble to Keep Up With Population Shifts

Shifting U.S. population patterns, caused in large part by the COVID-19 pandemic, are posing a new challenge for e-tailers looking to stay close to customers. The pandemic has led to some unexpected consequences. Among them is a shift in population from urban to suburban and rural areas, by many who have discovered that they can… Continue reading Podcast | E-tailers Scramble to Keep Up With Population Shifts

Important Sampling Methods for Garment Inspection in Ecommerce

Implementing the best possible eCommerce quality control methods is a must when shipping products directly to consumers. Here are three important garment inspection sampling methods that can help your eCommerce business minimize returns by identifying defective or damaged products before accepting and selling items from a particular lot. 

New low-cost solutions help manufacturers go digital

Cost-effective, off-the-shelf technologies are helping manufacturing SMEs to transform into highly efficient, digitally enabled businesses. Elizabeth Tofaris, IfM Engage, explains more about the Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring project. In a programme involving more than 200 companies from across the UK and overseas the EPSRC funded Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring project, based at the… Continue reading New low-cost solutions help manufacturers go digital

E-Commerce Evolves the Supply Chain

Even after continued growth in the e-commerce sector prior to 2020, the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic pushed e-commerce dramatically forward in a short period of time just out of sheer necessity in a way never seen before. According to SAP’s VP of awareness and thought leadership in the supply chain, Richard Howells, the pandemic pushed… Continue reading E-Commerce Evolves the Supply Chain

What the Future of Ecommerce Looks Like

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New ideas to improve safety and ergonomics

Most every story about safety and ergonomics in the warehouse features equipment such as lift tables and rack netting. This isn’t that story. Instead we went in another direction. This one focuses on wearables and software. Not that lift tables and netting (see story p. 52) aren’t still essential. They very much are. However, with… Continue reading New ideas to improve safety and ergonomics