11 Steps to Help Ensure WMS Go Live Success

BRIAN BARRY | November 6, 2018

article image
Your ecommerce company has been managing the implementation of your new warehouse management system (WMS). Modifications and interfaces have been programmed and tested, and workforce training is complete.As you plan out your go live day, what do you need to consider to ensure success right out of the gate? Based on our experience in implementing WMS systems in many ecommerce and direct-to-customer businesses, these 11 recommendations will help make your go live run as smoothly as possible. Hopefully your implementation process established accountability across user and IT departments. Now at all costs avoid the blame game for mistakes, errors and process breakdowns that happen and employees forgetting what they were taught. Go live day has its own tensions, so don’t compound matters by prematurely assessing blame for issues. Not only is it counterproductive but problems often mask themselves. There will be plenty of time to reconcile accountability later.

Spotlight

Manda

Mandaê is transforming the parcel logistics industry: we're the world's only platform that focuses on optimizing the entire parcel supply chain. By stripping out the inefficiencies of an extremely fragmented market, our SMB customers save an average of 35-50% on their parcel logistics costs.

OTHER ARTICLES

Clorox responds to gouging on amazon, turns off ads as cleaning wipes run low

Article | March 11, 2020

Clorox has stopped advertising on Amazon because its products have sold out, with shoppers having rushed to grab any disinfectant wipes available during the coronavirus outbreak. On Wednesday, Clorox confirmed that as stores of its cleaning products dry up online, it has pulled back on advertising—an example of how the COVID-19 pandemic can create ripple effects throughout retail, advertising and beyond. Clorox also is contending with third-party sellers taking its products and selling them for exorbitant prices, part of a gouging spree that has played out online and in stores ever since consumers began hoarding products like disinfectant wipes, toilet paper, food and other goods.

Read More

How to Boost Donations Through Online Point-of-Sale Fundraising

Article | February 17, 2020

According to data firm Statista’s most recent e-commerce outlook, Americans will spend over $1,500 online each over the next 12 months. Moreover, that number is expected to surge even higher as Americans opt to do their holiday shopping online rather than wind their way through those infamous, in-store holiday crowds. If your nonprofit is able to turn that online shopping activity into a fundraising stream, there’s massive potential to boost donations. And the good news is that it’s not incredibly difficult to get started. Below, we’ll walk through how you can get your organization set up to accept these donations during your community’s online point-of-sale moments. First, however, we’ll explore the overall value of point-of-sale fundraising and why you need to consider it as a viable strategy for your nonprofit.

Read More

How physical retail provides opportunities for consumer outreach

Article | February 11, 2020

As we come off another holiday season, it's worth taking a look at how the customer journey has changed, the role retail plays in the journey and what 2020 holds for innovative brands and retailers alike. Only a small minority of consumers these days are brand loyal according to a recent McKinsey report. Most consumers prefer to be in "shopping around" mode instead. Add to that the waning influence of TV advertising. Against this backdrop, it's clear that brand and retail marketers are challenged and need to change up their game. In a world in which TV advertising has lost much of its power, innovative retailers and brands have an opportunity to command consumers' attention through integrated marketing initiatives that include digital experiences and product sampling.

Read More

Macy's Furloughs Workers, and Other Retail News Related to the COVID-19 Crisis

Article | March 30, 2020

Retailers are continuing to lay off and furlough workers due to the coronavirus uncertainty. Macy's announced this morning that the majority of employees for the Macy’s, Bloomingdales, and Bluemercury brands will go on furlough beginning this week. U.S. clothing rental firm Rent the Runway also said on Saturday it had laid off retail employees following temporary store closures amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. “Like many businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, Rent the Runway has had to make some difficult decisions in the short term to thrive in the long term, which include temporary store closures and retail role eliminations,” a company spokeswoman said in an emailed statement to Reuters. Last week, Everlane laid off and furloughed more than 200 workers, including retail and those operating back-end functions, as it struggles to cope with the shutdown of its retail business over measures to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Read More

Spotlight

Manda

Mandaê is transforming the parcel logistics industry: we're the world's only platform that focuses on optimizing the entire parcel supply chain. By stripping out the inefficiencies of an extremely fragmented market, our SMB customers save an average of 35-50% on their parcel logistics costs.

Events