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How to Reduce Warehouse Labor Costs With Smarter Order Picking

August 14, 2018 by Amware Fulfillment

The word “travel” is usually associated with positive things. Vacations…New adventures…

Not so in the fulfillment warehouse, where travel time is the enemy of efficient order picking.  In fact, it can comprise as much as 50% of the picking process – and up to half of your warehousing labor cost.  Without the right system-aided picking process, you’re paying order pickers to walk, not to pick.

Filed Under: B2C Fulfillment, eCommerce Fulfillment

eCommerce Packaging:  Why Polybags Could Equal Big Labor and Parcel Savings

August 7, 2018 by Harry Drajpuch

Raise your hand if you ever went to a birthday party and watched the guest of honor unwrap a huge box only to discover that it held a very small reward – one that was reached only after unwrapping a series of other large boxes. 

It was the ten-year-old’s version of comedy gold.

Overpackaging still happens today in eCommerce packaging, only it’s not restricted to kids’ gifts.  And in many cases, people find it annoying

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation, eCommerce Fulfillment

What Do You Mean By That?  Key Parcel Shipping Terms That Could Save (Or Cost) You Big

July 24, 2018 by Amware Fulfillment

Each year, the world’s most popular dictionaries make headlines when they announce their latest additions.  (And in case you’re curious, some of this year’s winners included hangry and mansplaining.)

It’s a huge reminder that our day-to-day vocabularies are constantly evolving – and that it’s always a good idea for everyone to be on the same page about what a commonly used expression means.

With apologies to Noah Webster,

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation, eCommerce Fulfillment

Offsetting the Parcel Oligopoly:  Helpful Hints for Controlling Your eCommerce Delivery Spend

July 17, 2018 by Amware Fulfillment

There are many industries that are chock full of competition.  Unfortunately for your business, parcel delivery isn’t one of them. 

Much like Henry Ford was glad to sell people a car in any color “as long as it was black,” your company is free to use any eCommerce delivery option you want – as long it involves UPS, FedEx, DHL or the USPS. 

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation, eCommerce Fulfillment

“Coast”-Effective Fulfillment:  7 Reasons to Use a Los Angeles Area Warehouse

July 10, 2018 by Amware Fulfillment

Even if you’re not a huge movie buff, there’s a lot to love about Southern California – especially when it comes to eCommerce fulfillment.

With millions of residents and world-class seaports, it’s part of the country’s most populous state, not to mention its busiest international logistics gateway for incoming container shipments.  And that’s just a couple of reasons why Los Angeles warehousing could be an ideal fit for

Filed Under: eCommerce Fulfillment

Shipping Heavy Freight:  Four Functions You Should Ask a Fulfillment Center To Help With

June 28, 2018 by Harry Drajpuch

Once upon a time, most people would have thought twice before ordering furniture, a piece of exercise equipment, or a kitchen appliance online.  Today, such heavy freight orders are commonplace. 

For example, according to a survey conducted by AlixPartners in 2016, 88% of consumers are willing to purchase an appliance online – a vast increase over the comparatively lower 62% that were open to it in 2012.  Meanwhile

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation, eCommerce Fulfillment

What’s The Big Deal? Why Shipping Heavy Items Is “Weigh” Harder Than It Seems

June 22, 2018 by Harry Drajpuch

If you’ve ever lived with teenagers, the expression “Bigger children, bigger problems” requires no explanation.   It essentially means that even though looking after small kids may seem work-intensive, it’s often kids’ bigger and older years that are the most complex. 

Do a little wordsmithing and you could also be describing how things work in eCommerce, because as items increase in size, so do their fulfillment challenges

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation, eCommerce Fulfillment

Five Red (Warehousing and Fulfillment) Flags You Can’t Afford To Ignore

June 12, 2018 by Scott Guilmette

As I write this, we’re approaching another patriotic holiday.  And no I’m not talking about July 4th.

I’m talking about Flag Day on June 14 – and I’m wondering how you’re planning to celebrate.

Actually, I think I probably already know, because although this official holiday has been around since 1916, it’s typically overlooked by almost everyone.        

It’s a fitting parallel for what often takes place in the world of

Filed Under: eCommerce Fulfillment

Past Their Prime:  How to Get Around High Amazon Fulfillment Costs

May 29, 2018 by Amware Fulfillment

It’s just a few weeks before Amazon Prime’s $20 price increase goes into full effect, and according to a recent study from Atherton Research, approximately 60% of Amazon Prime’s 90 million U.S. customers are so unhappy about this prospect  they may not renew their memberships.

Likely, some of these customers will probably wind up changing their minds.  However, the mere fact that so many are even contemplating a churn

Filed Under: Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), eCommerce Fulfillment

Why “Y’all” Should Consider An Atlanta Distribution Center

May 17, 2018 by Amware Fulfillment

When it comes to fast and cost-effective fulfillment, there are numerous reasons why Atlanta, Georgia should be on your mind.  

Home to nearly 6 million people, it’s the country’s ninth-largest metropolitan statistical area, not to mention the Southeast’s leading commercial and logistics hub.

Want to know more?   Here are 10 fun facts collected from the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Georgia Department of Economic

Filed Under: Logistics Outsourcing, Top Fulfillment Locations

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