The sharing economy is gaining ground, as owners are putting their excess capacity to good use, whether they are cars or rooms. So successful is the business model that the word uberization, after pioneering car sharing platform Uber, has been incorporated into the modern lexicon. Collins Dictionary defined uberization as the adoption of a business model in which services are offered on demand through direct contact between a customer and supplier, usually via mobile technology. Continue to read
As warehouses look and feel safe, it is so easy for warehouse employees to be lulled into a false sense of safety. Unlike shipyards or construction sites, the potential for life threaten accidents appear limited. Continue to read
Operating a supply chain can be tough.
Operating one with additional requirements can further complexities that companies need to manage as they ensure product quality and adhere to regulations. For many manufacturers, retailers, and third parties, these complexities continue to be a challenge as the market expands. Continue to read
The ability to know which product is where and how much is present is critical knowledge for a warehouse operator.
Not knowing can be a nightmare, but all too often, it’s the case in a manual environment. Couple that scenario with multiple manual facilities, and you have double the frustration. Without a system in place, it is difficult to track inventory and even more so to accurately forecast what’s needed to fulfill orders in the pipeline. With a warehouse management software (WMS) solution, inventory accuracy and traceability is a given. However, there are several features that you need in order to ensure a smooth operation.
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Promotional sales, discount codes, loyalty cards, and free shipping are the latest trends in retailers vying for e-commerce consumer spend. However, there is another opportunity even of greater importance to get right—customer experience. Continue to read
The Warehouse Management System (WMS) is the backbone of modern logistic distribution. It controls the storage and movement of materials within the warehouse and processes the transactions based on real time information. It can be used as standalone system or integrated as part of a supply chain solution. Continue to read
The emergence of Internet and mobile technology is changing the way we live and shop. From Brazil to Vietnam online shopping is gaining traction. The rise in millennial spending power is accelerating the pace.
According to a recent study conducted by Oracle Retail involving 13,250 consumers across 12 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan and the US, 40.7% of millennial (ages 18 to 34) shop online at least once a week. Continue to read
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Gone are the days when warehouses are cavernous buildings in obscure locations of interest only to people who work in them. Today warehouses are hot attracting the attention of many, from young entrepreneurs to industrial property giants.
Thanks to e-commerce demand for warehouse space has reached new levels. With the proliferation of smart phones and tablets, e-commerce sales even in mature markets like Japan are enjoying double-digit gains. Continue to read
Online grocery shopping in Asia is big and is getting much bigger. According to food and grocery research and training organisation IGD, three of the top ten online grocery markets in the world are in Asia – China at number 1, Japan 3, and South Korea 6. By 2020, it estimates that the online grocery market in China will be worth almost US$180 billion, nearly five times its current value of US$41billion. Continue to read
Plastic containers play a critical role in moving materials from A to B. However, most plastics are insulators, and do not readily conduct electricity. And that can create challenges – as this means they can acquire an electrostatic charge. In fact, the surface of a conventional plastic container can have a potential as high as 20,000 volts. This poses a great danger to electronic devices, as an electrostatic discharge (ESD) with even very low voltages can cause significant damage.
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