There’s More Than One Way to Outsource Fulfillment

Posted by Scott Guilmette on October 27, 2020

In July 2019, a DHL survey of 900 retailers uncovered an intriguing statistic: Approximately 60% of retailers now use 3PLs for at least some of their eCommerce fulfillment, and another 6% expect to completely outsource fulfillment over the next few years.

But if you think this means insourced fulfillment operations are on their way out, think again. The survey also revealed that 48% of retailers currently insource and

Topics: Fulfillment Operations

Selecting a Fulfillment Provider: Primer for the Mid-Sized Company

Posted by Scott Guilmette on October 22, 2020

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You’re an Etailer or direct sales company.  Demand for your product is increasing and you’re fulfilling more and more orders every month.  You may have even begun describing your business as “mid-sized” instead of small.  You are basking in this positive momentum but, if your business continues to grow, you’re going to need help, and soon. 

Topics: Fulfillment Services

How Important are National Fulfillment Services?

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on October 22, 2020

While nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, Amazon is pushing for the business equivalent with two-day, one-day and – in some zip codes – same-day delivery. If the majority of your customers expect you to match that standard, you need national fulfillment services.

It’s common sense: the closer your warehouse is to your customers, the faster you can get product into their hands. But the U.S. is a big country.

Topics: Top Fulfillment Locations, Fulfillment Operations

Fulfillment Warehouse Worker Retention in the Wake of COVID-19

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on October 20, 2020

Warehouse employee retention has long been an opportunity for fulfillment companies, but the challenge has been magnified in the wake of COVID-19. Along with attracting and onboarding new talent, retention is now at the forefront of nearly every fulfillment company’s labor efforts. In this article, we’ll talk about current retention challenges, what you can do about them, and how a 3PL fulfillment partner can help.

Topics: Marketing/Sales Literature Fulfillment, Fulfillment Operations

3PL Kitting Services: Should they be a Marathon or Sprint?

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on October 15, 2020

Who’s the world’s fastest runner?

If you answered Usain Bolt, you’re right. After all, he’s dominated the 100-meter sprint since 2008.

However, if you answered Eliud Kiphoge, you’re also correct, because he’s the current world record holder in the marathon, an event Bolt wouldn’t be able to complete in, much less win.

That’s because running is a specialty sport, with some athletes - like Bolt - who are ideally suited for

Topics: Fulfillment Services

3PL Order Fulfillment vs FBA

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on October 13, 2020

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In a recent paper, we asked the question “Is Fulfillment by Amazon Right for Your Business?”  We all know that Amazon is a great sales channel, and for many eCommerce companies it’s also a great order fulfillment service.  But it’s not for everyone. 

Topics: Alternatives to Amazon FBA, Fulfillment Services

Printed Materials: ‘Old-School’ Marketing is New Again

Posted by Leslie Barton on October 13, 2020

Mark Twain once said “the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” That’s true when it comes to using printed materials in marketing, as well.

Print is not only still alive, it’s thriving. That’s because it performs extremely well against digital media in a number of key ways.

Topics: Marketing/Sales Literature Fulfillment

Amware Voice Picking Solution Helps 32 Degrees Scale Fulfillment

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on October 6, 2020

32 Degrees is an apparel company whose clothes offer maximum comfort at a valued price. The company sold only through retail channels until 2017, when it launched 32degrees.com. Since then, online sales have exploded.

That triggered a search for a B2C fulfillment company that could handle a high volume of very complex orders. 32 Degrees now averages 45,000 eCommerce orders per month, and that number is steadily rising.

Topics: Fulfillment Operations

Parcel Carriers Unwrap Yearly Gift: Peak Season Surcharges

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on September 29, 2020

Parcel carriers have begun alerting customers that they will be raising costs or adding a peak season surcharge during the holidays. This article will review what we know about the size and timing of these increases, as well as things online sellers can do to lessen the cost impact on you and your customers.

Topics: Parcel Shipping for eCommerce

19 Advantages of Logistics Outsourcing

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on September 29, 2020

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The right partners can be powerful allies in a business’s quest to become bigger, better and more profitable. Nowhere is that more true than logistics management, where logistics outsourcing continues to grow, and 62% of shippers who currently outsource say they are actually stepping up their use of third party logistics providers (3PLs).

Topics: Fulfillment Services