Successful last-mile delivery plans that meet customer expectations are growing in importance. Strategies such as creating a scalable shipping model and adding more fulfillment centers can help shippers succeed, writes Matt Mullen.
For the first half of 2018, fleet driver turnover averaged 96%, the highest level in five years, according to the American Trucking Associations. To improve this, fleets are actively working to provide bonuses, expanded benefits and use of mobile freight apps, in addition to refining interview processes.
Rotate between three tasks every hour or so with a short rest period in between to break the monotony of focusing on one single task for an extended period of time. Adding artificial deadlines to your work may also help you get more done without focusing so much on the minute details that tend to slow down your progress, writes Caroline Ceniza-Levine.
Employers who gamify the workplace pit employees against each other by scoring their performance publicly, practicing "micromanagement with unprecedented granularity," writes Vincent Gabrielle. The end result is an unhealthy work environment, says Tae Wan Kim, business ethicist at Carnegie Mellon University: "Gamified workers have difficulty seeing what contributions they really make."
Tech Data highlighted three programs that are part of the company's philosophical push to be a solutions provider and consultant to its clients, says executive Marty Bauerlein. "We go in and do a workshop with a VAR and pretty much identify and take them through a methodology and do a SWOT analysis on their business, identify where they have strengths, weaknesses," Bauerlein says.
Sysco has cut costs and streamlined operations by gradually shifting legacy in-house IT assets to Amazon Web Services' cloud-based system, says Chief Technology Officer Wayne Shurts. To do this, Sysco used an approach dubbed the "strangler pattern" that involves breaking down and segmenting large software infrastructure, rewriting it and moving it function by function.
E-commerce demand and high industrial rents are leading to more interest in multilevel distribution centers in the US, according to CBRE. That said, most US markets are not dense enough compared with Asian markets to justify the expense, CBRE's Matthew Walaszek says.
US municipalities are debating what to do with recyclables, which have become less economical for processors because of China's restrictions on the quality of waste that can be exported there. "Smaller recycling companies aren't able to stay in business and are shutting down," said Richard Coupland, vice president of municipal sales at Republic Services.
Resellers of clothing including thredUP and Yerdle Recommerce are beginning to partner with apparel brands to sell unsold stock. The secondary retail apparel market represents about $20 billion annually and is growing, according to a thredUP report.
Carvana has erected building-size vending machines for its used cars in 14 cities, including Philadelphia, and also offers home delivery for purchases. Customers have seven days to make a return.