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MonarchFx - September 2017
The recent announcement in The Wall Street Journal, Alibaba Takes Control of Logistics Business Cainiao as It Seeks Global Expansion, regarding Alibaba’s close to $15 billion investment in Cainciao Smart Logistics Ltd., its fulfillment partner in China, is highly significant. read more
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Amazonification of Commerce

Amazon is one of the most written about companies of the modern era.  There are daily reports of astounding accomplishments and news of their plans moving forward.  Why write more about the number one online retailer in the U.S.? Because they are leading the pack by a wide margin, with respect to the U.S. online retail world. 

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What does it Take to Win the Retail Race?
The winds of change are blowing on multiple fronts. Jimmy Dean, the late singer, actor and creator of Jimmy Dean’s sausage once said, “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” He recognized the need to be flexible responding to change and to use it to his advantage. Read more
Robots in the Warehouse: A Supply Chain Game-Changer
The Fourth Industrial Revolution has started, warehouse robotics is raging in the logistics arena. Amazon’s acquisition of Kiva, the company regarded by many as being the first to introduce warehouse robotics, left a void that is continually being filled by new, exciting, and emerging technologies. Read more
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Videos

What is The MonarchFx Alliance?
Jim Tompkins, Chairman of The MonarchFx Alliance gives more insight into what it is and how you can benefit from being a part of "The Alliance".
Digital Disruptions
The pace and magnitude of digital disruptions are affecting everybody. A response to these disruptions in the form of a revolution is required for ongoing business success. This revolution requires the right responses to continuous improvement, transformation, and reinvention at the right times.
Titans
Throughout The Titans video, Jim Tompkins explains the importance of the Titans’ supply chain logistics and why a business must respond to Alibaba, Amazon, and Walmart by creating a competitive supply chain strategy. To gain profitability, businesses must become crossborder ready, customer centric, and omnichannel capable.
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MonarchFx adds DHL Supply Chain, Softeon as partners

Logistics service provider MonarchFx said Tuesday that it has added the third-party logistics provider (3PL) DHL Supply Chain and the supply chain software provider Softeon as partners. The company has also received outside funding to build five automated DCs in time to start shipping products for e-commerce clients for the 2018 holiday peak season.

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Rise of the Warehouse Robots

Customer expectations are changing as new sales outlets are being used. With the application of social media, omni-channel and e-commerce customers now have more price options, selections, delivery methods and shopping experiences. The ability of a business to keep the customer satisfied greatly depends on fulfillment capabilities.

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Blog

The Reports of the Death of Brick & Mortar are Greatly Exaggerated
Today, June 2, 2017 I picked up a journal article that stated that the death of Brick & Mortar is upon us, which is a complete exaggeration. Mark Twain faced a similar dilemma 120 years ago, June 2, 1897, when he replied to a New York Journal article stating, “The report of my death was an exaggeration”, in which the journal confused him, with a seriously ill cousin. read more
The High Variable Cost Structure of Omnichannel Order Fulfillment
One of the serious challenges with building omnichannel order fulfillment operations and information systems is the fact that there is an inherent variable cost structure that is unavoidable in this strategy and business model. The challenges with fulfillment network location and optimization, inventory allocations and assortments, variable process operations, and system features and functions, are examples of the causes of increasing costs to supply chains, logistics, and inventory management. read more
What's in a Name: The MonarchFx Alliance?
The four parts of The MonarchFx Alliance’s name: Monarch: Our representation of reinvention is the Monarch. The beautiful butterfly that results from the metamorphosis from egg, to caterpillar, to cocoon, and finally to the butterfly. This is how we view post-clique logistics. From a corner in a Distribution Center (DC) to a separate Fulfillment Center (FC), to a network of DC/FCs with a specialized “Get Local,” automated multi-tenant commingled FC’s. A beautiful reinvention that provides for significant cost reduction, speed, and enhanced customer satisfaction.
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