Order fulfillment is a critical aspect of operations for businesses in many industries. From aerospace and consumer electronics manufacturing, to ecommerce and subscription box retail, these businesses need efficient, accurate and cost-effective fulfillment services in order to maintain and grow.Read More
The speed of order delivery is an increasingly examined aspect of supply chain management, particularly with constantly expanding consumer demands for same- and next-day delivery and other features. Just-In-Time (JIT) delivery is an inventory management strategy that helps facilitate speedier order fulfillment with particular applications in raw materials orders and manufacturing. Since production for justRead More
As a method of efficiency and cost-effectiveness for inventory management, just-in-time delivery is a supply chain management strategy that has been widely implemented by the automotive, aerospace and consumer electronics industries. But JIT delivery can help retail stores make a profit, as well as reducing costs for retail and e-commerce fulfillment. Retail transactions are increasinglyRead More
Subscription box retail is a growing craze in the industry that shows no signs of slowing down. From apparel and even meals, subscription boxes make life more convenient for the everyday consumer, exchanging shopping time for a recurring delivery of exciting and sometimes exclusive products. It’s so prevalent that now sites like CrateJoy have aggregatedRead More
Cost management is a driving priority for many contract packaging companies, as they strive to meet customer expectations while maximizing profits. Since packaging is a complicated and often specialized process, there are many different elements with associated costs, so the possibilities for reducing costs can be tricky to identify.Read More
The world of retail is in a constant state of flux, thanks to Amazon’s persistent changes that continue to turn the industry on its head. From transforming consumers’ expectations with reduced shipping times (and free shipping), to introducing automation and robotics to streamline the supply chain, retail fulfillment is becoming faster and more efficient everyRead More
As an essential aspect of supply chain management, packaging offers opportunity as well as necessary function. This service not only functions as the key element of preparing a completed product (or kit of products) to ship to the customer, it also provides an occasion to implement improvements in branding, quality and customer satisfaction. Quality andRead More
Kitting is a critical aspect of the supply chain for many industries and product sectors, particularly for subscription e-tailers, automotive manufacturing and consumer electronics. Yet this service often presents difficulty in improvement strategies due to inefficiencies and inaccuracy. There have been some innovative newer practices of kitting for order fulfillment, helping to streamline this logistics service for more optimized fulfillment overall. However, accuracy itself is the core of a productive and best-in-class kitting operation.Read More
Consumer Electronics is a rapidly growing industry that has ballooned in recent years thanks to the widespread usage of smartphones. According to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), new data shows that approximately 87 percent of U.S. households own at least one smartphone. That’s second only to TVs, which are at 96 percent ownership in U.S. households, and followed by laptops at 72 percent.
It’s therefore no surprise that many of the leading brands in the industry are companies that manufacture smartphones, personal computers, TVs and monitors. Read more to see the top ten brands in consumer electronics manufacturing in the U.S.Read More
Manufacturers in virtually any industry are always on the lookout for ways to cut costs, but is it possible to reduce overhead and improve customer experience at the same time? Innovative kitting and packaging processes can provide just that, bringing more of the process to local economies in the meantime.
Shipping (particularly between overseas OEMs and domestic distribution centers) is an expensive part of the manufacturing and distribution process, and it’s not always the most cost-effective choice to complete product kitting and packaging overseas. Instead, innovative solutions in domestic 3PL kitting operations provide greater flexibility as well as some particular advantages of kitting and packing products at the distribution center.Read More