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12 Reasons Why Columbus, Ohio, Should Be Amazon’s Next Headquarters

Sedlak has six decades of experience in retail fulfillment and a long history of partnering with clients on distribution initiatives in central Ohio. We polled our consulting staff and here are 12 reasons why Amazon should select Columbus, Ohio, as its next North American headquarters.

Read full post  |  Posted by Patrick S. Sedlak, Principal on 01.23.18


The Death of Black Friday and the Rise of Grey November

Is Black Friday on its death bed? Although it may not be going away entirely, the impact of Black Friday as a point-in-time event is definitely fading as the idea of “Grey November” gains traction in the retail industry, a trend with significant implications for retail distribution.

Read full post  |  Posted by David S. DuBose, Vice President on 01.16.18


Meet the Jetsons – Managing Customer Expectations for Home Delivery

Consumer expectations for speed are driving a grand experiment in home delivery (think Amazon Key and Uber delivery), and retailers are scrambling to find ways to develop fast and convenient delivery options that won’t break their bottom line.

Read full post  |  Posted by Jeff A. Mueller, Client Executive on 11.14.17


Pop-up Stores? Now Pop-up Distribution Centers

Pop-up stores in malls, airports, and other places have been around forever. Now the concept is gravitating to pop-up distribution centers, where there may be some very real benefits for retailers facing labor shortages in their current distribution areas.

Read full post  |  Posted by Patrick S. Sedlak, Principal on 10.12.17


‘Tis the Season to Battle for Warehouse Labor

Labor is typically among the top operational costs in a distribution center, and the exploding ecommerce demand for warehouse workers is creating a shortage of laborers that is driving up the costs of recruiting, hiring and training for the companies who need them.

Read full post  |  Posted by Louis J. Cerny, Vice President on 09.20.17


Q&A: Labor Management…Works!

Every company seeks maximum return on investment, and labor is one of the most expensive assets in a distribution center. A labor management system (LMS) is an integral part of realizing the maximum benefit of both the people and technologies in a distribution operation. 

Read full post  |  Posted by Louis J. Cerny, Vice President on 06.26.17


A Proactive Approach to Peak Season Breakdowns

Retailers and logistics providers are scrambling to prepare for the upcoming holiday season. Don't wait until after the madness is over to address any peak season breakdowns.

Read full post  |  Posted by Senior Management on 10.31.16


Ghosts of Christmas Past: How Retailers Can Avoid a Repeat of 2015’s Holiday Season (3 of 3)

This three-part series explores a number of near-term and long-term moves retailers can make to eliminate or minimize holiday season fulfillment headaches and ensure their supply chain is up to the task.

Read full post  |  Posted by David S. DuBose, Vice President on 07.12.16


Ghosts of Christmas Past: How Retailers Can Avoid a Repeat of 2015’s Holiday Season (2 of 3)

This three-part series explores a number of near-term and long-term moves retailers can make to eliminate or minimize holiday season fulfillment headaches and ensure their supply chain is up to the task.

Read full post  |  Posted by David S. DuBose, Vice President on 07.05.16


Ghosts of Christmas Past: How Retailers Can Avoid a Repeat of 2015’s Holiday Season (1 of 3)

This three-part series explores a number of near-term and long-term moves retailers can make to eliminate or minimize holiday season fulfillment headaches and ensure their supply chain is up to the task.

Read full post  |  Posted by David S. DuBose, Vice President on 06.28.16


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