Saddle Creek Expands Parcel Analytics Reporting Suite, Rising Visibility for Parcel Shippers

Saddle Creek Logistics Services, an asset-based third-party logistics provider, announced that the company is expanding its parcel analytics reporting suite to include a time-in-transit dashboard. The new feature offers comprehensive visibility into delivery metrics to improve parcel management while controlling costs.“We launched our parcel analytics tool to offer shippers much-needed transparency into their parcel data and costs,” said Megan Rudolph, senior director of parcel operations at Saddle Creek. “With this new enhancement, shippers will also have full visibility into carrier performance, so they can ensure their parcel solution optimizes costs while still meeting the customer’s delivery expectations.”

The dashboard guides business decisions by highlighting performance across the various delivery methods and parcel carriers that shippers offer to their customers. Clients can leverage the data to validate their strategy with these key performance indicators (KPIs) — cost and speed. The dashboard can also help to identify dips in on-time performance that need to be addressed with carriers directly.

“The parcel market is constantly evolving. It’s critical to understand how carrier changes impact costs and delivery experience, but sourcing and interpreting that data tends to be a major challenge for shippers. We’re excited to make this information more accessible for our clients,” Rudolph said. 

About Saddle Creek Logistics Services

Saddle Creek is an omnichannel supply chain solutions company providing a variety of integrated logistics services, including omnichannel fulfillment, warehousing and transportation. Our custom solutions leverage advanced operational methods and sophisticated technologies to help retailers, e-commerce companies and manufacturers get products where they need to be quickly, cost-effectively and seamlessly.

Counterfeit Items Are In every single place. This Expertise Sweeps Them From Provide Chains.

Supply chain counterfeiting is a universal problem that plagues almost every industry. There are counterfeit electronic components, car parts, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals — even counterfeit wines. While manufacturers and distributors lose billions of dollars annually to counterfeit goods, the risks to consumers can be even greater. Faulty counterfeit auto parts or consumer products can overheat or catch fire, and more than 1 million people each year lose their lives due to counterfeit drugs.While manufacturers, distributors, shippers and government agencies are actively working to remove counterfeit goods from the supply chain, it’s challenging to identify counterfeits. Counterfeit goods cost global brands more than $232 billion in 2018. The counterfeit drug market alone costs more than $200 billion per year — enough to bring 13 new drugs to market annually. Losses from counterfeit automotive parts are estimated to be $2.2 billion per year, not counting those from safety issues and legal liability. Counterfeit consumer electronics cost more than $100 billion per year, and bogus computer chips cost U.S. companies $7.5 billion annually, as well as 11,000 jobs.

Identifying counterfeit goods that enter the supply chain can be difficult, if not impossible. The only way to beat counterfeiters is to apply a foolproof means of authenticating goods from their point of origin to final delivery. New cloud-based security technology is now available that can create unique, foolproof digital identifiers for products so that they can be tracked at every point in the supply chain.

Why Counterfeit Parts Are Hard to Identify

Unfortunately, it falls to vendors to secure shipments of goods and components. There’s no centralized entity or system capable of dealing with counterfeit products, and government agencies and law enforcement aren’t up to the task.

For example, China is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and is also the world’s largest source of counterfeit goods, despite new crackdowns by government authorities. Since there’s no central policing authority to monitor the shipment of goods, it’s up to each country to do the best it can to eliminate phony products from imports and exports.

Another challenge is the quality of exported goods. Factory seconds are often passed off as quality goods. In the Chinese wholesale market, for example, Grade-A goods may be manufactured by factories licensed to make authentic branded products, while lesser-grade goods may be diverted as factory seconds or manufactured in the same factories using lower-grade materials. When low-grade units are passed off as quality products, even those managing the supply chain are unaware of when goods are phony.

Since there’s no way to police the counterfeiters, the best solution is to track manufactured goods. By creating a secure, open ecosystem for goods authentication that is easy to access and easy to use, suppliers can validate shipments from any vendors that are part of the authentication ecosystem.

Foolproof Identifiers Eliminate Counterfeits

Distributed ledger technology is ideal for applications such as secure authentication. Distributed ledgers are digital systems for authenticating assets or transactions by maintaining details in multiple cloud locations at the same time. Unlike conventional databases that use centralized data storage, a distributed ledger uses multiple nodes that have to work in tandem for authentication.

What makes distributed ledger technology ideal for authenticating goods shipments is that it is unhackable. The data is encrypted, and to access it authenticated users must be verified by each node to create a consensus of veracity. For goods in the supply chain, the advantage of using a distributed ledger system is that it enables end-to-end validation so goods can be authenticated at any point.

To validate and track goods and materials, you need to start with a digital identity ecosystem based on a distributed ledger. Individual manufacturers can create their own secure ecosystem, or a trade association or other group can create an open security consortium that members can join to secure goods in transit. Once the ecosystem is in place, any product can be given a unique identifier that is secured by the distributed ledger system. More importantly, anyone in the supply chain can authenticate goods using a QR code reader to scan the identifier.

Encrypted credentials are issued for each unit. You don’t need to know the actual contents of the package to authenticate it, so you can protect the identity of high-value goods while still validating the shipment. The QR code follows goods through the distribution channel and can be read at any time using a downloadable smartphone app or QR code reader. Since the identifiers are created using the distributed ledger system, the codes cannot be spoofed or counterfeited. The digital security ecosystem is capable of generating as many tracking codes as needed so even individual parts can be tracked, which can be useful for recalls as well as inventory management.

For example, in pharmaceuticals, every batch of drugs shipped can be labeled using a unique QR code that includes details about the manufacturing source, production date, formulation and the like. In the event of a problem or recall, every tainted unit can be identified using the QR code.

Distributed ledger and similar security technologies give vendors the tools they need to push counterfeiters out of the supply chain. If you can’t catch the criminals, you can certainly eliminate their profits by taking a tighter control of goods in transit. Cloud technology and innovations such as distributed ledger are cost-effective and foolproof, and the more manufacturers that embrace new security solutions for goods authentication, the fewer counterfeits will make their way into the supply chain.

Benjamin Kiunisala is head of customer engagement with TrustGrid Pty, Ltd.

Walmart Debuts Enterprise Supply Service in Push Past Retail

Walmart Inc. will start delivering goods for other companies, a bet that its logistics prowess will let the world’s largest retailer broaden its business.The new service, dubbed Walmart GoLocal, will offer merchants ranging from local bakeries to national auto-supply stores deliveries across the U.S. at what the company calls “competitive pricing.” The retailer already has some contracts with clients, Walmart said in a release Tuesday. 

The delivery service is Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon’s latest move to diversify Walmart’s revenue away from its core operations amid intense competition from Inc. and other rivals. In January it created a fintech startup, and in recent years Walmart has bulked up its digital advertising business, which it now calls Walmart Connect, along with unveiling a fulfillment service for merchants who sell goods on its third-party marketplace site. 

Some of those moves mimicked Amazon, and Walmart’s new delivery service puts it in a position that Amazon is familiar with — competing against longstanding logistics providers United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp. Amazon has built up a massive delivery apparatus, with volumes in the logistics arm of its business more than doubling over the past two years, the company said in an earnings call last month.

Walmart’s varied attempts to dig new profit pools have achieved mixed results. While its advertising business is thriving by all accounts, the company has provided no information on the performance of its Walmart+ subscription program that debuted last year. An earlier venture into streaming movies, under the Vudu brand, was sold off last year.

Surviving within the Age of Everlasting Provide Chain Disruption – Half 2 Automation Innovation

Webinar DescriptionA combination of intensifying customer demands and massively disruptive events such as the COVID-19 pandemic is pushing suppliers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers to embrace innovation at an unprecedented pace.

Businesses are exploring and adopting a wide variety of cutting-edge technologies, with an emphasis on automating manual processes throughout all stages of the supply chain.

Join Gartner, in association with SupplyChainBrain as we examine a wealth of ideas and tools for digital transformation, including data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics.

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China Eyes Afghanistan’s $1 Trillion of Minerals With Dangerous Guess on Taliban

When the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001, the global economy looked a lot different: Tesla Inc. wasn’t a company, the iPhone didn’t exist and artificial intelligence was best known as a Steven Spielberg film.Now all three are at the cutting edge of a modern economy driven by advancements in high-tech chips and large-capacity batteries that are made with a range of minerals, including rare earths. And Afghanistan is sitting on deposits estimated to be worth $1 trillion or more, including what may be the world’s largest lithium reserves — if anyone can get them out of the ground.

Four decades of war — first with the Soviet Union, then between warring tribes, then with the U.S. — prevented that from happening. That’s not expected to change anytime soon, with the Taliban already showing signs they want to reimpose a theocracy that turns back the clock on women’s rights and other basic freedoms rather than lead Afghanistan to a prosperous future.

But there’s also an optimistic outlook, now being pushed by Beijing, that goes like this: The Taliban form an “inclusive” government with warlords of competing ethnic groups, allows a minimal level of basic human rights for women and minorities, and fights terrorist elements that want to strike the U.S., China, India or any other country.

“With the U.S. withdrawal, Beijing can offer what Kabul needs most: political impartiality and economic investment,” Zhou Bo, who was a senior colonel in the People’s Liberation Army from 2003 to 2020, wrote in an op-ed in the New York Times over the weekend. “Afghanistan in turn has what China most prizes: opportunities in infrastructure and industry building — areas in which China’s capabilities are arguably unmatched — and access to $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits.”

For that scenario to have even a remote possibility, much depends on what happens the next few weeks. Although the U.S. is racing to evacuate thousands of Americans and vulnerable Afghans after a rushed troop withdrawal ending 20 years of war, President Joe Biden still has the power to isolate any new Taliban-led government on the world stage and stop most companies from doing business in the country.

The U.S. maintains sanctions on the Taliban as an entity, and it can veto any moves by China and Russia to ease United Nations Security Council restrictions on the militant group. Washington has already frozen nearly $9.5 billion in Afghanistan’s reserves and the International Monetary Fund has cut off financing for Afghanistan, including nearly $500 million that was scheduled to be disbursed around when the Taliban took control. 

To have any hope of accessing those funds, it will be crucial for the Taliban to facilitate a smooth evacuation of foreigners and vulnerable Afghans, negotiate with warlords to prevent another civil war and halt a range of human-rights abuses. Already tensions are growing over an Aug. 31 deadline for troops to withdraw, with the Taliban warning the U.S. not to cross what it called a “red line.” 

Still, the Taliban have several reasons to exercise restraint. Kabul faces a growing economic crisis, with prices of staples like flour and oil surging, pharmacies running short on drugs and ATMs depleted of cash. The militant group this week appointed a new central bank chief to address those problems, just as his exiled predecessor warned of shocks that could lead to a weaker currency, faster inflation and capital controls. 

‘Nothing Is Unchanged Forever’

The Taliban have also sought good international relations, particularly with China. Officials and state-run media have softened the ground for good relations, with the Communist Party-backed Global Times reporting that Chinese investment is likely to be “widely accepted” in Afghanistan. Another report argued that “the U.S. is in no position to meddle with any potential cooperation between China and Afghanistan, including on rare earths.”

“Some people stress their distrust for the Afghan Taliban — we want to say that nothing is unchanged forever,” Hua Chunying, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, said last week. “We need to see the past and present. We need to listen to words and watch actions.”

For China, Afghanistan holds economic and strategic value. Leaders in Beijing have repeatedly called on the Taliban to prevent terrorists from plotting attacks against China, and view strong economic ties as key to ensuring stability. They also see an opportunity to invest in the country’s mineral sector, which can then be transported back on Chinese-financed infrastructure that includes about $60 billion of projects in neighboring Pakistan.

U.S. officials estimated in 2010 that Afghanistan had $1 trillion of unexplored mineral deposits, and the Afghan government has said they’re worth three times as much. They include vast reserves of lithium, rare earths and copper — materials critical to the global green-energy transition. But flimsy infrastructure in the landlocked country, along with poor security, have hampered efforts to mine and profit off the reserves.

The Taliban takeover comes at a critical time for the battery-materials supply chain: Producers are looking to invest in more upstream assets to secure lithium supply ahead of what Macquarie has called a “perpetual deficit.” The U.S., Japan and Europe have been seeking to cut their dependence on China for rare earths, which are used in items such as permanent magnets, though the moves are expected to take years and require millions of dollars of government support.

One major problem for the Taliban is a lack of skilled policy makers, according to Nematullah Bizhan, a former economic adviser to the finance ministry. 

“In the past they appointed unqualified people into key specialized positions, such as the finance ministry and central bank,” said Bizhan, now a lecturer in public policy at the Australian National University. “If they do the same, that will have negative implications for the economy and for growth in Afghanistan.”

China Burned

Officially, Afghanistan’s economy has seen rapid growth in recent years as billions in aid flooded the country. But that expansion has fluctuated with donor assistance, showing “how artificial and thus unsustainable the growth has been,” according to a recent report from the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

China has been burned before. In the mid-2000s, investors led by state-owned Metallurgical Corp. of China Ltd. won an almost $3 billion bid to mine copper at Mes Aynak, near Kabul. It still hasn’t seen any output due to a series of delays ranging from security concerns to the discovery of historical artifacts, and there’s still no rail or power plant. MCC said in its 2020 annual report it was negotiating with the Afghan government about the mining contract after earlier saying it was economically unviable.

The Taliban is trying to show the world it has changed from its oppressive rule in the 1990s, saying it welcomes foreign investment from all countries and won’t allow terrorists to use Afghanistan as a base. Janan Mosazai, a former Afghan ambassador to both Pakistan and China who joined the private sector in 2018, sees “tremendous opportunities for the Afghan economy to take off” if the Taliban prove they’re serious about “walking the talk.” 

But not many are optimistic. Reports have emerged of targeted killings, a massacre of ethnic minorities, violent suppression of protests and Taliban soldiers demanding to marry local women. 

“Everyone’s just in crisis mode,” said Sarah Wahedi, a 26-year-old tech entrepreneur from Afghanistan who recently fled the country. “I don’t see the entrepreneurs getting back to business unless there’s a huge overhaul in the Taliban’s behavior. And there’s nothing I’ve seen that makes me think that’s going to happen.”

The Greatest Two-Issue Authentication App

The most important thing you can do to increase your online security, alongside using a password manager, is to enable two-factor authentication. After interviewing three experts and testing seven authenticator apps, we think Authy has the best combination of compatibility, usability, security, and reliability.Our pickAuthyAuthy is free, available across platforms, and easy to use, and its security features are better than those of other two-factor authentication apps.Buying OptionsWhen you log in to an online account with two-factor authentication enabled, the site first asks for your username and password, and then, in a second step, it typically asks for a code. Even if someone gets ahold of your username and password, they still can’t log in to your account without the code. This code, which is time-sensitive, can come to you via SMS, or it can be generated by a two-factor authentication app, such as Authy, on your phone. When you open Authy you see a grid with large icons that makes it easy to find the account you’re looking for, copy the security token, and get on with your day.Compared with other authentication apps, Authy is also available on more platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and Linux, and it features PIN and biometric protection for the app. Unlike most other two-factor authentication apps, Authy includes a secure cloud backup option, which makes it easier to use on multiple devices and makes your tokens simple to restore if you lose or replace your phone. The fact that the backup is optional lets you decide what, if any, security risks you’re willing to make in favor of usability. It’s run by Twilio, a reputable company that clearly outlines its security practices and updates Authy frequently.Two-factor authentication can be a bit mind-boggling if you haven’t used it before, so check out our section on setting up Authy for a visual explanation of how it works.

Hold Your Tent Out of the Solar (And Extra Tricks to Make Your Tent Final)

Whether you’re a casual backyard camper or an outdoor enthusiast accustomed to spending summers car camping across national parks, your tent is one of the most important pieces of equipment you’ll take on your adventure. A good tent shelters you from rain and wind, provides shade, keeps pesky mosquitoes and campsite critters at bay, and offers privacy in a crowded campground. It’s also among the most expensive gear you’ll purchase. So you’ll want to keep it in good shape for as long as possible.Most tent manufacturers estimate a five- to 10-year lifespan for their tents. But Wirecutter’s expert testers have found that with proper care and maintenance, the tents of careful campers can be used for at least 15 years.Here’s what you need to know to make your tent last, from setup to pull-down.Before setting up

The Finest Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Our pickBose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700The Bose 700 over-ear headphones deliver excellent noise cancellation in a comfortable, lightweight design that’s traveler friendly—but they carry a high price.Buying OptionsThe Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 is the best wireless noise-cancelling headphones set that Bose has ever released. These headphones are expensive, but we think they’re worth the investment for the frequent traveler who puts a high premium on performance and comfort. They offer the superior noise cancellation that Bose is known for, plus more adjustability than on any other noise-cancelling headphones we’ve tested. You can adjust the level of the active noise cancellation (ANC) on a scale from 0 to 10, so if you find that intense noise cancellation causes a feeling of pressure or discomfort (what we call “eardrum suck”), as we noticed with the Bose QuietComfort 35 Series II—or if you just want a little more sense of your surroundings—you have more flexibility to find a level that works for you.These noise-cancelling headphones also have a lightweight design that is comfortable to wear for hours, and they feature an easy-to-use combination of touch controls and physical buttons that you can access without looking. Plus, you can use them in wired mode with the ANC engaged if, for example, you want to access an in-flight entertainment system. They fold flat for easy storage in the supplied case, too. They aren’t entirely without flaws, however: The sound quality is good but not as crisp as on the best over-ear headphones we’ve tested, the app can be vexing, and the battery life isn’t the longest we’ve seen—though at 20 hours it’ll still get you through a very long flight.AdvertisementOur pick1More Dual Driver ANC ProThe ideal travel companion, this pair of earbuds offered the best noise reduction in our tests and allows you to listen via Bluetooth or an included cable.Buying OptionsPerfect for commuters, the 1More Dual Driver ANC Pro is the updated version of our previous earbud pick. These collar-style Bluetooth earbuds (which have a flexible band connecting them) cancel an impressive amount of noise and have enough battery life to last through a long flight and beyond. (1More claims 20 hours with the noise cancelling off and 16 hours with it on, consistent with what we found in our tests.) The quick-charge mode will give you three hours of use after just 10 minutes of plug-in time. These earbuds also function corded—with the active noise cancellation on or off—for those trips when you want to use an in-flight entertainment system. The voice-enhancement mode lets you carry on a conversation by tapping a button to pass the sound through so you don’t have to remove the earbuds. Plus, unlike wireless earbuds that use a hard-plastic collar (such as the Bose QuietControl 30), this pair’s flexible collar allows them to coil up small enough to fit into a trouser pocket.Budget pickAnker Soundcore Life Q20These over-ear wireless noise-cancelling headphones offer surprisingly decent sound, comfort, and noise cancelling at a low price.Buying OptionsIf you want good noise cancellation without all the bells and whistles, the Anker Soundcore Life Q20 over-ear Bluetooth headphones deliver. The noise cancellation is effective, the sound quality is pretty decent (though a bit bass heavy), and the lightweight chassis and soft foam earcups are comfortable. The 30-hour battery life is impressive for a model in any price range. You can use these headphones in wired mode, and the controls are easy to operate. Although the Life Q20 doesn’t come with EQ manipulation, adjustable ANC, touch controls, or always-listening voice activation, this pair does deliver on the ANC-headphone essentials, and it offers a shocking amount of quality for well under $100.Budget pickTaoTronics TT-BH042The wireless TT-BH042 pair offers good sound and okay noise cancelling at an amazingly low price.Buying Options*At the time of publishing, the price was

Yeedi Vac Station evaluate: An inexpensive self-emptying robotic vac that additionally mops

Self-emptying robot vacuums are all the rage, and Yeedi has jumped on the trend with its Yeedi Vac station. This robot vacuums, mops, and self-empties its dustbin, providing about 30 days of automated cleaning before you must swap out its dust bag.It also maps room layouts to enable customized cleaning, and it supports voice control through Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, making it an attractive option for people who don’t want to break the bank for the luxury of fully automated floor cleaning.
This review is part of TechHive’s coverage of the best robot vacuums, where you’ll find reviews of the competition’s offerings, plus a buyer’s guide to the features you should consider when shopping for this type of product.
Both the robot and its auto-empty station are finished in matte white. There’s a 3D visual SLAM camera on top that the robot uses to map your space for more efficient cleaning routes. Under a lid, there’s a .45-liter dustbin and storage for a brush-cleaning tool. Underneath, there’s a roller brush, a side brush, and a .24-liter water tank that distributes water to the mopping cloth.The auto-empty station stores a 2.5-liter disposable dust bag that can hold around 30 days of collected dirt and debris. The station doubles as the robot’s charging dock; the robot can run for up to 200 minutes before returning here to recharge its battery. Yeedi

You can control the robot with voice commands using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant and a compatible smart speaker.

The auto-empty station requires a bit of assembly. You must slot the station into the docking plate and secure it with three screws provided in the box. Once that’s done, you need to attach the spinning side brush to its post on the bottom of the robot.
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While you can start a cleaning job simply by pressing the auto clean button on top of the robot, pairing it with its companion app will let you take advantage of features like room mapping and scheduling. The app prompts you through this process, which requires you to scan the QR code on the robot with your phone’s camera and a generated QR code on your phone with the robot’s camera. Altogether, getting the Yeedi ready to clean took about 10 minutes.The robot’s first cleaning of my downstairs level didn’t go particularly smoothly. Instead of backing off its dock as it should, it turned to its right and rolled of the side—a clunky maneuver akin to driving your car over a curb—then banged into a lot of furniture as it explored the room. Eventually, it settled down into a more efficient up and down pattern. Michael Ansaldo/IDG

The Yeedi robot vacuum maps your floorspace and divides it into zones for customized cleaning.

As it cleans, you can track its movements on a map of the floorspace in the app. It takes three to five cleanings for the robot to build a complete and accurate map, but once it does, you can section the room into cleaning zones and set virtual boundaries and no-mop zones. The robot offers three suction strengths with a maximum power of 3000Pa. In auto-clean mode, it automatically (and audibly) boosts its suction when it recognizes carpet. It did good job sucking up dust and pet hair from carpets and vinyl plank flooring during my testing. Once the robot completes a cleaning job or its dustbin is full, it returns to its dock and the auto-empty station sucks the contents from the dustbin.If you don’t want to use the auto-empty feature—if you purchased the Yeedi Vac Max, which doesn’t come with the self-emptying charging, but can upgraded later ($350 on Amazon)—you can turn that feature off in the app.The mopping function is adequate for maintaining the floor between more rigorous cleaning with a stick mop. For these jobs, you fill the water tank and attach one of the supplied microfiber cloths, at which point the robot voice prompt lets you know it has entered mopping mode. The robot drags the dampened cloth across the floor as it moves, picking up most surface grime but leaving deeper dirt behind.The Yeedi app keeps things simple with a clean, minimal interface. It displays the current map and cleaning details with a scrolling overlay that provides one-tap access to cleaning records, suction options, scheduling, and cleaning preferences. The app isn’t as sophisticated as some of Yeedi’s competitors’, but it provides all the essential controls and is easy to use. VerdictThe Yeedi Vac Station delivered impressive results and made the arduous task of keeping my floors clear of pet hair and dust a whole lot easier. It’s a great option for anyone who wants to enjoy the luxury of automated floor cleaning, as well as anyone for whom popping open a dustbin can trigger allergies or other sensitivities. If you want something with advanced capabilities and are willing to spend quite a bit more, iRobot’s iRobot Roomba s9+ can save up to 10 floor plans and be linked with iRobot’s Braava Jet m6 robot mop for tandem cleaning.

The Greatest, Most Snug Bras

The best way to wash bras and other delicates is by hand, using a mild detergent (we recommend Soak), after two to four wears; machine washing wears them out faster. Harrington says that even if you choose to wash your bras in a machine (hopefully in a protective lingerie bag with a small load of laundry, on the delicate setting), you should still hang them to dry. The rough-and-tumble motion of a dryer can cause an underwire to pop out of place, she said. It can also twist, tangle, stretch, or distort the shape of the band, straps, or cups. Replace bras when the underwire warps or pokes through the fabric lining, when the elastic is totally stretched out, when the fabric starts to fray or fade, or when your bra size changes. Finally, you should always make sure to treat bras gently—they’re called delicates for a reason. Store them upright, nested inside one another, so they don’t become wrinkled or misshapen.