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Making a BOPIS Strategy Work for Your Retail Business—and Its Bottom Line

In today’s climate, buy online and pick up in-store (BOPIS) options have increased dramatically in popularity. In fact, a KIBO Commerce study reported that retail customers are choosing BOPIS options as much as four times more than they did before the pandemic. That being said, the rise in BOPIS popularity is part of a larger trend. Retail stores saw increased demand for this option even before the pandemic, most notably in the 2019 holiday shopping season. If you’ve been considering adopting a BOPIS strategy for your retail operation—or you’re interested in optimizing yours to boost your bottom line—we’ll walk you through what you need to […]

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Emerging Supply Chain Technology: Internet of Things (IoT) Expands Tracking and Monitoring

Video doorbells, smart thermostats, virtual assistants like Alexa and Google Home are just a few examples of how the Internet of Things (IoT) has impacted consumers’ lives. As logistics companies and businesses leverage this technology, the possibilities seem practically endless, with DHL and Cisco estimating an impact of more than $1.9 trillion in the supply chain and logistics sector. In this next installment in our Emerging Technology series, we’ll take a look at IoT technology, specifically how its tracking and monitoring capabilities are being leveraged within the supply chain. By understanding how other companies are utilizing this technology within cutting-edge applications, we hope you’ll get […]

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Volatility in Rates & Capacity: Air Freight Update

In addition to adding the phrase “supply chain” to the average person’s vocabulary, the COVID-19 pandemic has also introduced uncertainty into just about every freight mode available. With global travel declining significantly over the last few months, the resulting drop in passenger flights has particularly affected air freight. The Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported the largest year-over-year decrease on record in airline passenger traffic in March: a decline of 51.5%. Because the pandemic is still an evolving situation, the same is true of the air freight market. Our experts are seeing daily shifts in rates and capacity, leading to a volatile market that’s been hard […]

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Emerging Supply Chain Technology: Leveraging Blockchain for More Efficiency and Transparency

Although many people know it as the technology that powers the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, fewer realize that blockchain technology can be a powerful ally in supply chain management. To highlight the myriad benefits blockchain can offer, we’ll give you an A-Z rundown on this emerging technology, including the real-world applications it holds for those working in logistics and supply chain management. Whether you’re a blockchain expert who’s already leveraging this technology or someone who’s only heard the word tossed around, you may find yourself inspired by the case study examples we’ll share—and find yourself motivated to apply this technology in new, creative ways that improve your […]

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The Experts Speak: The COVID-19 Effect on Freight and Household Moves in Hawaii

As part of our Local Spotlight series on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the state of Hawaii, we’ve profiled three small business owners in the state: Caramiya Davies-Reed, who owns a brick-and-mortar store and an online business in Maui. Justine Lee, who co-owns the restaurant PAI Honolulu with her husband, Kevin Lee. Nick Gerard, co-owner of the full-service auto repair shop Neue Auto in Honolulu. In addition to offering you the perspective of these small business owners, we wanted to share some observations from our experts in the state. These three have been working to keep freight and household goods moving to and […]

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Finding the Right Partner to Expand into Hawaii Freight—and Grow Your Business

As a 3PL, you may be working with your clients on their LTL/FTL, air, rail, and intermodal freight, but maybe you haven’t yet gone after delivering freight to Jones Act locations like Hawaii. (Or perhaps you’ve dipped your toes into this market in the past and gotten burned by unreliable partners!) Adding new freight destinations through partnerships can offer your business considerable benefits. First of all, it allows you to rapidly expand your own capabilities while skipping the steep learning curve that new destinations can entail. That’s especially true for a destination like Hawaii, where you’re dealing with four different islands, each with their own […]

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