Since 2003, the Warehouse Education and Research Council (WERC) has surveyed hundreds of logistics professionals each year to determine the key metrics for measuring the efficiency and performance of distribution centers (DCs). This year's DC Metrics report identified four critical measurements of warehouse efficiency: on-time shipments, order picking accuracy, dock to stock cycle time, and internal order cycle time. How does your distribution center perform in these key areas?

What Do the Metrics Mean?

The on-time shipments metric measures the percentage of orders that leave the warehouse at the time planned. This time is defined by the customer or the shipper. With so many fashion retailers promising next-day or even same-day delivery, apparel brands must pay close attention to this metric. If it is too low, unsatisfied customers may start to buy from another vendor better able to meet their demands. No matter which industry they serve, third-party logistics providers should strive for consistent on-time shipments.

Posted: 8/31/2016 10:21:49 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

The 3PL industry has grown a lot over recent decades as it has expanded its reach to countries all around the globe. Recently, Allied Market Research published a report showing that the industry is expected to reach $1.11 trillion by 2022. This remarkable growth shows how important 3PL services have become to businesses that want to improve customer satisfaction, shorten supply chains, and evolve quickly when markets change.

Areas of Expected Growth Within the 3PL Industry

3PL's growth becomes even more interesting when you look at the specific numbers. Some sections of the industry are growing faster than others. Apparel and footwear sold via e-commerce sites, for instance, make up an increasingly large chunk of the industry. Apparel and accessories now account for over $60 billion of the global economy and represent over 17 percent of all e-commerce business-to-customer (B2C) sales.

Posted: 8/24/2016 4:44:59 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

E-commerce has forever changed the way consumers shop. Sixty-nine percent of Americans shop online regularly, according to a 2015 online shopping report from market intelligence agency Mintel. However, if you broaden the definition of e-commerce to include using the internet for researching products and services before purchasing, that number jumps to 81 percent, according to Retail Today. E-commerce has significantly changed the way we shop, but what does this shift toward digital shopping mean for offline retailers?

Victims of E-Commerce

As e-commerce grows, it may seem that offline retailers are fighting a losing battle. Shopping malls may seem like casualties of e-commerce, with more than two dozen closing since 2010 and another 60 in danger of shutting their doors. However, to suggest that e-commerce caused their closure may be too simplistic. Forbes reports that successful malls offer shoppers an experience. Because of this, high-end malls are doing well, while those in the middle of the market are struggling. Besides, online sales still only account for less than 8 percent of all retail sales in the United States.apparel-ecommerce-.jpg

Posted: 8/17/2016 11:19:40 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Using a one-size-fits-all logistics solution might sound like a smart move, but it could deprive your business of the advantages that specialized third-party logistics, or 3PL, companies provide. A 3PL team that serves every industry, from electronics to food, can't claim expertise in any one area, so it can't serve its customers as effectively as a specialized provider can.

Keep Your Logistics Costs Down

Just about any 3PL service can bring down the cost of warehousing, shipping, palletizing, quality control, and other aspects of the supply chain. However, a specialized company can bring down your costs even farther thanks to its in-depth understanding of your industry.

Posted: 8/10/2016 9:29:52 AM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

Hiring a 3PL should make it possible for your apparel business to save money and even improve customer service. As the 3PL benefits your company, you should start to see more growth that will keep you and your 3PL busy. This anticipated growth makes it important for you to choose a 3PL that can grow with your market and make changes as the industry evolves.

Before you choose a 3PL for your apparel retail business, you must ensure it can grow with your market. Think about these features when reviewing your options. If a 3PL has them, then it can likely meet your changing needs.

Posted: 8/3/2016 4:12:42 PM by Global Administrator | with 0 comments

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