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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.

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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.

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Shipping Costs: Putting Freight Fuel Efficiency into Context

Long-haul tractor trailers get a bad rap for averaging 7 miles per gallon of diesel, but in context they are more fuel efficient than a Ford F250 pickup, and various innovations are improving fuel economy.

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Consolidated Services Centers – Before You Take the Plunge (Part 2 of 2)

A Consolidated Services Center (CSC) can create savings for a healthcare organization if executed well. However, the decision should be well thought out and justified with extensive research and financial modeling as it represents a substantial investment with ongoing requirements. Several experts from the healthcare industry weigh in on the considerations, risks, and benefits.

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Consolidated Services Centers – Before You Take the Plunge (Part 1 of 2)

A Consolidated Services Center (CSC) can create savings for a healthcare organization if executed well. However, the decision should be well thought out and justified with extensive research and financial modeling as it represents a substantial investment with ongoing requirements. Several experts from the healthcare industry weigh in on the considerations, risks, and benefits.

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‘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.

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In Harvey’s Wake…What’s the Impact on Your Supply Chain?

As Hurricane Harvey continues to pummel major area of Texas and Louisiana, we are rapidly seeing the impacts on supply chains all over the country brought on by port closures, carriers' inability to navigate affected areas, and the destruction of critical infrastructure. Whether or not your business or customers are located in the region, you will feel the effects in your supply chain for weeks or months to come.

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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. 

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5 Reasons to Consider Hydrogen Fuel Cells over Batteries for Mobile Equipment

If considering adding new mobile equipment to an operation or replacing a fleet, hydrogen fuel cells are certainly worth consideration. Here are five reasons why. 

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Transportation Tipping Points in Healthcare Logistics

Transportation costs are defined by volume – aggregating into larger volumes will result in lower costs.  As healthcare companies grow and expand their business, it’s important for them to evaluate where their volumes are. Dennis Heppner explains how there could be a tipping point at which the old shipping model no longer makes sense and another model should be considered.

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