How to Implement a Return Process

Often called the Reverse Supply Chain, if you ship products, you can be sure you will have to deal with product returns as well. According to the Reverse Logistics Association, “the volume of returns annually is estimated at six percent of $3.5 trillion total US annual retail sales.” UPS estimates that manufacturers spend 9 – […]

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Order Picking: Best Practices

In this omni-channel, Amazonian world, customers are placing smaller, more frequent orders – and wanting their orders as soon as possible. Supply chain executives must focus on improving order fulfillment, lowering inventory costs and reducing labor usage. Focusing on refining order picking processes will meet these goals while improving customer service, creating a more competitive […]

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Top Trends in Distribution for 2016

The distribution market has gone through significant changes over the past few years, and will continue to do so in 2016. Let’s look at the top trends in this industry for 2016 and how you can prepare your business to meet these game-changing challenges. Trend 1: E-Commerce Growth Customers are becoming increasingly comfortable with buying […]

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The State of Conveyor

Every year, we like to take a look back at the trends that shaped our industry. What’s changing? Where is demand growing or shrinking? Luckily for us, Peerless Research Group did the heavy lifting when they surveyed hundreds of logistics companies across the United States. PRG asked each of these companies how they use conveyor […]

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Black Friday: Lessons Learned

Black Friday has come and gone this year. With lines shorter and sales lower at brick and mortar stores as detailed by ShopperTrak, a retail analytics firm, that estimate that brick-and-mortar retail sales were $12.1 billion, down from $12.3 billion last year. Black Friday just doesn’t seem as important as it has been in the […]

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How to Handle Slow Movers

Moving fast inventory to generate quicker profits is a good supply chain practice, but with 80 percent of inventory typically tied up with slow moving items, wouldn’t it make more sense to try to move this inventory faster? Businesses can maximize their revenue generation by better managing slow-movers. In this highly competitive world, more and […]

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Slotting: A Place for Everything

Slotting in a warehouse optimizes the location of each SKU based on unique product characteristics, size of the warehouse, labor efficiency and replenishment requirements. Slotting supports the movement of SKUs, whether fast or slow moving. It also improves throughput so that customer orders can be delivered on time. Effective slotting can also reduce product damage, […]

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Retail and Its Increasing Complexity

Pitney Bowes releases the results of their 2015 Holiday Shipping Survey, that discusses how “Americans plan to shop both in-stores (94 percent) and online (92 percent) this holiday season, with 94 percent of consumers planning to shop from a computer and 49 percent making purchases from a mobile device.” The survey also suggests that the […]

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Omni-Channel Fulfillment

Shoppers today want to shop anywhere at anytime, which means retailers must have omni-channel fulfillment strategies in place. These strategies focus on single orders from single customers, who want their order immediately – or they’ll shop somewhere else. Statistics show that US e-commerce orders will reach $362 billion by 2016. This exponential growth is forcing […]

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Infographic: The Pareto Principle Explained

The Pareto Principle informs just about everything we do at UNEX. But what is it exactly? The Pareto Principle has been around for a long time, and has applications pretty much everywhere. From sales to design to economics to occupational hazards, the 80/20 rule is ubiquitous. So what is the Pareto Principle, and how does […]

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