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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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Rising Demand, Rising Challenges: COVID-19 and Final Mile Delivery

Stay-at-home, shelter-in-place, and safer-at-home orders, coupled with individual precautions mean that many people around the globe are spending most of their time at home. As a result, they’re also looking for ways to meet their essential (and not-so-essential!) needs without leaving the comfort of their couches. It’s easy to see why online ordering is on the rise. The online grocery delivery service Peapod has seen 42% growth spikes this year, and, during peak months, U.S. online sales overall have risen as much as 75% year over year. Of course, a large majority of these orders (although not all of them!) have to be delivered, which […]

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Exploring Alternatives to Air Freight in a Volatile Market: Expedited LCL

As air freight capacity crunches continue—largely due to continued cancellation of passenger flights—the mode continues to experience significant rate fluctuations. If you’re currently using air freight within your supply chain, our recent article offers four tips for making air freight work in today’s environment. If you’re looking for alternatives to air freight, ocean freight might fit the bill. Traditional ocean freight costs significantly less than air freight, sometimes as much as two-thirds less, which can offer some relief for your shipping budget. Additionally, expedited LCL can offer you a middle ground: faster delivery than traditional ocean freight at a cost that’s lower than air freight. […]

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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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