6 Ways to Reduce the Cost of the New DIM Rates

The new FedEx and UPS dimensional (DIM) rates that just went into effect probably add up to the single biggest rate increase ever for many shippers—on the order of 25%. Both these carriers now impose dimensional weight pricing on all Ground packages, not just those measuring three cubic feet or greater.

The driver for this change has been the exponential growth in B2C shipments, which is impacting carriers’ pickup and delivery networks. Both FedEx and UPS have been capturing the dimensions of shipments in transit, and they’ve found that many are packed in relatively large, lightweight boxes. Thus their trucks, planes, delivery vans, etc. are filling up while still well below their weight limits.

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How 3PLs Can Manage Customers without Losing Their Sanity

In a recent article for Logistics Viewpoints, our own Chuck Fuerst discusses how a flexible warehouse management system (WMS) creates a competitive advantage for 3PLs by helping them manage and overcome fierce pricing pressures and the continuous need to offer more complex services.

On-boarding new customers in days (not months), managing a multitude of expectations (while staying profitable) and offering extended services (with an infrastructure than can adapt to change) are three ways in which a 3PL can leverage a WMS to get ahead of the competition.

Read the entire article “How a WMS Helps 3PLs Stand Out in a Multi-Channel Marketplace” at Logistics Viewpoints.

PROFITsystems Releases Custom Report Builder and Over 90 Enhancements

PROFITsystems, a leading provider of solutions for home furnishings retailers, today announced the release of new capabilities to its Retail Inventory and Point of Sale Management software, RETAILvantage. Over 90 new features and enhancements have been added to the system as a result of regular visits to client locations, proactive customer inquiries, and feedback collected from PROFITsystems performance groups’ members during bi-annual meetings.

“Having the largest customer base in the industry (over 800 home furnishings retailers) has helped us tremendously in understanding various business models and the needs that come with how each retailer operates,” said Janice Johnson, RETAILvantage Product Manager.  “We were very excited to kick off our advisory board last year and are now in the process of rolling out UserVoice, a new tool that enables our family of retailers to voice their feedback.”

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3 Questions that Define the Future of Distribution in Today’s Consumer-Driven Supply Chain

Today’s eCommerce and mCommerce applications give consumers an unprecedented amount of information to make purchasing decisions, as well as new fulfillment options (like purchase online and pickup in store). Using her smartphone a shopper can quickly compare and contrast competitive products, narrow down selection criteria, and make purchasing decisions—all without speaking to a sales representative or setting foot in a retail storefront.

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Omnichannel Sports Apparel Distributor Agron Improves Warehouse Efficiency

In today’s e-commerce-driven retail supply chain, the pressure to accelerate fulfillment while also improving customer service has traditional warehouses in a vice. Manual processes and isolated data sources are significant threats to competitive viability, not to mention impediments to growth.

For many, there is little choice but to revamp and expand. Successful distributors are leveraging integrated, automated hardware/software warehouse management systems (WMS) to fulfill orders in less time with fewer people, while setting themselves up to keep on innovating as the demands of the marketplace continue to evolve.

Implementation of a WMS has become a strategic imperative for more and more distribution operations. The modern “distribution center” model manages the flow of both goods and information between suppliers, retailers and end customers through the use of barcodes, RFID scanning, high-speed conveyors, and integration of the WMS with ERP, shipping, EDI and other key software applications.

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What you need to know about the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA)

The Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) was signed into law by President Obama in November of 2013, placing new requirements on the traceability of prescription drugs.  The Healthcare Distribution and Management Association (HDMA) has been at work advocating for this standardized, electronic solution which will make prescription drugs safer and drug recalls easier.  Further, the legislation will reduce harmful, illegal or contaminated drugs from entering the market and enable tracking down to the individual package level.

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HighJump Software Named to Forbes 2015 “America’s Most Promising Companies” List

HighJump Software announced today that it has been named to Forbes’ prestigious list of America’s Most Promising Companies. This is the second time that the company has been listed. Accellos, the company with which HighJump Software merged in 2014, was named to the list last year.

To be chosen for the list of 100 companies, HighJump Software demonstrated stellar growth rates, increases in employee numbers, stability in the market, operating margins, successful products, experienced management with proven achievements, an interview with company leadership and other factors. All enterprises included on the list are privately held and generate under $300 million annually. 

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Accellos Named Expansion Company of the Year by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance

2014-Business-Alliance-Gala-Accellos_LOGOAccellos was recently named Expansion Company of the Year by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. The award was announced last November at their Annual Gala held at the Broadmoor International Center. Accellos merged with HighJump Software in the summer of 2014.  The newly combined company, HighJump, has a customer base of 14,000 customers in 77 countries, ranging from small businesses to global enterprises.

The Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance is committed to being the primary advocate of the Colorado Springs/Pikes Peak region business community, dedicated to serving businesses of all sizes to build regional economic growth. The Business Alliance is the connection between business and government, business and business, and business and the workforce.

HighJump Announces Open Registration for Spring User Conference, Elevate 2015

HighJump ElevateHighJump announces today that registration is now open for Elevate, HighJump’s annual user conference.  This year will mark HighJump’s largest user conference to date. The event will be held April 19-22, 2015 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

Elevate 2015 will give customers the opportunity to collaborate, learn, and share experiences with their peers to drive new opportunities and efficiencies within their supply chain operations. In addition, HighJump team members will provide both company and product-specific updates and engage with customer groups about future product enhancements.

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Register for Elevate 2015. 

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