For Donaldson Co., building a global e-commerce system had several obstacles: Different divisions sold to different types of customers. Different geographic regions had different currencies. A platform had to be designed to accommodate all the different parameters. The good news was that all the units’ computer systems already talked to each other because Donaldson in 2016 had successfully rolled out a $90 million global enterprise resource planning, or ERP, system, a move that itself often poses challenges for companies. But Donaldson also had a deadline: it wanted its new global e-commerce site to be available by the time of the Automechanika trade show, which was earlier this month in Frankfurt, Germany. The biennial conference is an important one for Bloomington-based Donaldson and one of the largest automotive services trade shows in Europe. “The ERP system is an enabler. Now we have a global part number system, now we have a global unified system,” said … [Read more...] about Donaldson Co.’s 2016 upgrade made new global, e-commerce system possible
0 Comments By Erica E. Phillips Erica E. Phillips The Wall Street Journal BiographyErica E. Phillips @eephillips_wsj [email protected] Oct. 12, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET South Carolina’s workforce development office ran into a problem earlier this year. Big businesses including Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -2.04% wanted to hire workers at their facilities in an industrial region outside the capital city of Columbia, but area residents looking for jobs couldn’t find a way to get there. It took coordinated action by state, county and regional transit officials—along with meetings with four businesses that had set up shop there—to lay out a plan for a new bus route several times daily across the Congaree River to a site well positioned for distribution and quick delivery of e-commerce orders but well beyond the reach of many workers who use public transit. Until recently, “Nobody had a reason to go out there,” said Tiffany James, a spokeswoman … [Read more...] about Retail’s New E-Commerce Headache: Delivering Workers to Warehouses
0 Comments By Erica E. Phillips Erica E. Phillips The Wall Street Journal BiographyErica E. Phillips @eephillips_wsj [email protected] Oct. 11, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET Warehouse space keeps getting harder to find as the drive toward online retail sales pushes more goods into already-squeezed U.S. distribution centers. The availability of industrial property declined in the third quarter as nearly 50 million square feet of warehousing capacity came onto the U.S. market in the three-month period, according to real-estate brokerage firm CBRE Group Inc. CBRE -2.89% Distribution and e-commerce fulfillment operations are moving into new space just as quickly as it is being built, CBRE said. “The underlying story is a really strong consumer economy,” said Richard Barkham, global chief economist at the firm. “But we’ve also got this big structural shift, which is the growth of e-commerce.” More in Logistics South Korea Sends Another $5 Billion … [Read more...] about Warehouse Space Growing Tighter on Rising E-Commerce Demands
Sprocket Express has been distinguished as a top e-commerce fulfillment service according to an independent PCMag review and comparison of the ten best 3PLs. PLAINVILLE, MA, USA, October 10, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ -- PCMag addresses a growing need in modern business with their new independent review of the 10 best e-commerce fulfillment companies. Sprocket Express of New England has been chosen as one of these top ten third-party logistics providers (3PLs). E-commerce sales are expected to reach more than $2.5 trillion dollars in 2018 and continue growing and a rapid pace. By the end of the year, nearly 100 billion packages will have been shipped worlwide, and that number increases 15-20% each year. Outsourcing fulfillment has become a crucial management choice, allowing businesses to ship packages quickly and efficiently, leaving more time to work on marketing and selling. In such a competitive marketplace, the value of using this time for marketing and customer engagement cannot … [Read more...] about Sprocket Express Listed by PCMag as a Top 10 E-Commerce Fulfillment Service
It's hard to drive from Harrisburg to Allentown or Chambersburg to Carlisle without being startled by the gigantic buildings that seem to sprout up as fast as the corn crops they often replace. The vast, windowless structures trigger questions such as: Where did it come from? What's in there? How many football fields could fit inside? A new report sheds light on the situation. Most significantly, it documents that Pennsylvania's Interstate 81/78 corridor is the third-hottest spot in the county for building and leasing new distribution space. Why is it happening and what does it mean for the region? It's a result of the profound shift from bricks and mortar stores to so-called "e-commerce," according to the report from CBRE Group, a major commercial real estate firm. E-commerce refers to all those purchases which used to take place at stores and malls and which are now made online through Amazon and the online arms of many other retailers. During the first half of 2018, the … [Read more...] about E-commerce warehouses replace farmland along Pa. corridor, one of hottest spots in U.S.