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Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors Will Help D2C Companies Improve Warehouse Performance and Efficiencies at The Operations Summit

March 20, 2017

Boston, MA

 Through an interactive session that will help companies learn how to successfully navigate warehouse management technology selection, Commonwealth’s Ian Hobkirk reveals the secrets to improving omnichannel and ecommerce operations


Choosing the right warehouse technology can be a catalyst to propel a company from average to best-in-class warehouse performance. The technology behind warehouse systems – including WMS, WLM, WCS, and now WES – has accelerated dramatically in recent years to meet the demands of ecommerce and omnichannel businesses. At the upcoming Operations Summit 2017 industry conference, Commonwealth Supply Chain Advisors’ Managing Director Ian Hobkirk will present Warehouse Management: Technologies to Drive Faster, More Efficient Fulfillment.


This interactive session is designed to help companies learn how to successfully navigate warehouse management technology selection. “With vendors continually expanding their software offerings and capabilities – and WCS providers in particular – and with companies wanting to extend the functionality of legacy systems or augment WMS functionality without replacing their systems,” says Hobkirk, “we’ve seen more confusion over exactly what each of the three software platforms can handle.”


At the session, attendees will learn the difference between WMS, WES, and WCS and how to know which system types to implement; the benefits and challenges of adding automation (material handling, pick to wall, etc.); and how to structure the process of evaluation and selection to minimize implementation risk (cost, business disruption, etc.).


As the only conference devoted exclusively to direct-to-consumer (D2C) and omnichannel operations and fulfillment, the Operations Summit provides attendees with the insights and ideas they need to run their D2C operations using the most efficient, customer-centric processes and strategies. Key focuses include delivering a seamless customer experience; improving cross-departmental process and communication issues between operations, ecommerce and marketing; utilizing benchmark data to measure efficiencies; and leveraging supply chain optimization.


Consistently named a “Great Supply Chain Partner” by SupplyChainBrain, Commonwealth ranks on a prestigious list of supply chain service companies that make a significant impact on supply chain efficiency, customer service, and overall performance. At the Operations Summit, which takes place March 27-29 in Pittsburgh, Commonwealth will be showcasing its capabilities on the expo floor in Booth #306.


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Commonwealth is a leading supply chain consulting firm that helps companies of all sizes structure their supply chain networks, design distribution centers, and select and implement warehouse management systems (WMS). Commonwealth is based in Boston and works with clients across the globe. For more information, visit or contact Jennifer Thomas at (617) 948-2153.