The Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors Blog

E-Commerce Fulfillment Scenarios Driving Today’s Businesses, Part 2 of 2

April 8th, 2016

Part one of this multi-part blog series explored three different e-commerce fulfillment scenarios currently being used by manufacturers and retailers:  Manufacturers Filling E-Commerce Orders Directly to their Consumer Clients; Manufacturers Filling e-Commerce Orders on Behalf of Retailers Scenario; and Pure E-Commerce Retailers. In this blog, Part II,  three additional scenarios are covered.

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E-Commerce Fulfillment Scenarios Driving Today’s Businesses – Part 1 of 2

April 8th, 2016

Commonwealth has identified six basic scenarios that companies are likely to find themselves in with respect to their e-commerce fulfillment adoption strategy. In this multi-part blog post, we’ll explore these scenarios and discuss how a company’s e-commerce strategy will vary based upon which scenario they find themselves in.

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Material Handling System Simulation: A Valuable Tool for Distribution Center Design

March 8th, 2016

Beyond being a way to razzle-dazzle executives into spending a lot of money on a material handling system, simulation software can actually offer tangible benefits to companies in a variety of different situations.  This article examines several instances where companies may wish to leverage material handling system simulation.

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The GPS to WMS Part 3 – The WMS Project Team, Assembly Required

January 11th, 2016

A WMS is different from any other system. Implementation team members should at least know the definition of the physical structures (rack, docks, etc.) and how physical materials flow in a logical system. Additionally, individuals must not only understand the capabilities of the WMS, but also the best operational practices.

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THE GPS TO WMS Part 2 – WMS Project Leadership, the Buck DOES Stop Here

November 18th, 2015

A WMS is unlike any other system in that it involves translating the mechanics of operational efficiency into a language of a software system. It involves defining physical structures (rack, docks, etc.) and physical material flow in a logical system. An individual may have great experience in a related discipline like ERP, but unless you have lived through a WMS implementation before, it is hard to have a true appreciation for what it takes to implement one.

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