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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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Articles

Order Deliveries Using Drones
Drones are going to become an option for certain selected final mile deliveries in the future. Will drones become the next best option for final delivery and meeting customer expectations? We believe there is still a lot to be understood about the rules, regulations, and costs of using drones for final mile delivery.
Retail 2017 Trend Report
As the department store channel shrinks, and more brands fight for less space, our opinion is that brands will need to be more creative, flexible, and diversified in their approaches.
Increase Return on Inventory
How an increasingly evolving uni-channel retailing model is impacting replenishment operations and what retailers need to do to adapt
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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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