Author Archives: lhomsher

About lhomsher

I'm currently CEO of EchoData Group, previously IT executive within in the wholesale distribution and 3rd-party logistics industries - and WAY before that co-founder of a tech consulting company. I've always enjoyed tech and for some reason I seem to end up working on fairly obscure projects -- often involving integration of legacy applications with web and/or mobile. This blog originally started as an outlet to record odd projects, in the hopes that the information might help someone who may be struggling with a similarly obscure challenge.

Cyber Security for SMBs

Cyber Security: Top Concern for Small Businesses? Do you have a plan for how to continue when the Internet is down? What happens when your network is held hostage by ransomware, or a virus causes your systems to stop working? Cyber security attacks against small businesses are increasing. According to Symantec, 43% of cyber attacks specifically… Read More »

Be Obsessed or Be Average

I’ve read a bunch of business books over the past six months. All were good and there is value in each. Out of the 5 books I’ve recently read, I found Grant Cardone’s Be Obsessed or Be Average delightfully different. Be Obsessed or Be Average The first thing I noticed about this book is the author’s unapologetic focus… Read More »

Best 3PL WMS in 2017?

What are the best 3PL Warehouse Management Systems in 2017? 3PL vs Order Fulfillment 3PL and fulfillment companies have specific WMS needs. My company, EchoData, is an order fulfillment / 3rd party logistics (3PL) company. These terms are not exactly the same, although they are sometimes used interchangeably. 3PL refers to a broad group that includes transportation and warehouse storage… Read More »

Mariah Carey Shows Us How NOT to Fail

Failure Like many of you, I was watching Dick Clark’s Rockin New Year’s Eve on Saturday night. My sister’s family and my family have been getting together on New Year’s for 20ish years and watching the Times Square ball drop is always part of our tradition. It was painful to watch as Mariah Carey failed… Read More »

5 Things to Know about B2B eCommerce

B2B eCommerce Business-to-business online ordering is poised for significant growth. According to Forrester “the US B2B eCommerce market is worth approximately $829 billion today, and we expect it to reach $1.2 trillion over the next five years”. I’ve implemented many types of B2B ordering systems over the past 15 years. Some were cloud platforms. Some were… Read More »

5 Tips for Achieving Zero Fulfillment Errors

Now that I’m back in the world of order fulfillment, it’s time to write a few articles specific to this industry.  In this article, we’ll look at order fulfillment errors and how to achieve 100% accuracy. First, we need to define ERROR. For most clients, an order error is defined as: sending the wrong item, omitting… Read More »

Your Next BIG Goal

I tend to be extremely goal-oriented, so I can work toward the same goal for years — inching ahead in a persistent and steady way that infuriates instant-gratification type folks. I am happy plugging away at my personal goals, but when working through others we need mechanisms to keep everyone engaged long-term. So, in my new role I asked myself:
How can we set and meet a multi-year goal, while also minimizing the frustration of people who want faster results?

Vision without Execution is Hallucination

Vision without Execution is Hallucination This is one of my favorite quotes. The internet references various sources: Japanese proverb, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford, but the message is clear — ideas alone do nothing. You must also be able to IMPLEMENT those ideas. I’ve studied Strategic Management throughout my decades-long college years and strategy has always been of… Read More »