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eFulfillment Services: 6 New-and-Different Questions to Ask Potential Providers

April 16, 2019 by Scott Guilmette

Years ago, a fast-food chain ran a campaign that started with the words, “Same, same, same, same.”

It’s an expression that frequently comes to mind when I’m responding to RPFs for eFulfillment services, because even though these documents were created by diverse companies with different needs, you wouldn’t know it based on the remarkably similar questions they ask.  The generic nature of many fulfillment RFPs is why some

Filed Under: Third Party Logistics, Logistics Outsourcing, B2C Fulfillment, eCommerce Fulfillment, order fulfillment process, fulfillment operations, order fulfillment

Straight Talk About Efficient Multi-Channel Fulfillment

April 2, 2019 by Amware Fulfillment

Multi-channel selling is here to stay – and fast and accurate multi-channel fulfillment is critical to your competitive advantage.  (In other news, snow is cold.) 

What’s less apparent is how to make outstanding fulfillment possible without spreading your inventory or budget too thin.

Filed Under: Third Party Logistics, Retail Logistics, B2C Fulfillment, eCommerce Fulfillment, order fulfillment process

Fulfillment from a Phoenix Warehouse? The Numbers Just Add Up.

March 28, 2019 by Amware Fulfillment

When fulfillment professionals say Phoenix is a hot market, they’re not exaggerating.

Over the years, the city has become one of the country’s most reliable and reasonably priced logistics venues thanks to advantages such as extensive transportation connectivity, easy delivery access, and the low cost of doing business there. 

Filed Under: Third Party Logistics, Logistics Outsourcing, B2C Fulfillment, eCommerce Fulfillment, Top Fulfillment Locations

Why Do eCommerce Supply Chains Fail?

March 19, 2019 by Amware Fulfillment

Did you know that, according to Bloomberg, 80% of eCommerce businesses fail within the first 18 months?

One reason is a lack of focus on product fulfillment operations – the invisible function that gets orders out the door accurately and on time. Here are some common causes of eCommerce supply chain failures and how to avoid them.

Filed Under: B2C Fulfillment, eCommerce Fulfillment, fulfillment operations

Is It Time To Tidy Up Your Fulfillment Strategy?

March 5, 2019 by Scott Guilmette

Earlier this year, Netflix introduced a popular but polarizing new show.  Entitled Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, it follows various families as they systematically cull through their possessions, all spurred by the cleaning guru’s famous advice to keep only what “sparks joy.”

Whether you love or hate the catchphrase, you have to admit that Kondo has a point, because we’re all guilty of hanging onto things for too long – and

Filed Under: B2C Fulfillment, order fulfillment process, fulfillment kpis, 3pl warehouse kpi, fulfillment metrics, warehouse kpi, fulfillment operations

Shore Thing: Consider a New Jersey Warehouse for Your East Coast Imports

February 28, 2019 by Amware Fulfillment

If you import, there’s a lot to like about The Port of New York and New Jersey.

With numerous terminals, impressive rail connections and billions of dollars’ worth of recent improvements, it’s the country’s third-busiest port – and getting busier every day. In fact, according to a late January announcement, it recently surpassed the annual 7 million TEU mark for the first time in its history.  And, of course, it’s smack

Filed Under: Third Party Logistics, B2C Fulfillment, Top Fulfillment Locations, fulfillment operations

What’s Up With That?  Breaking Down The USPS Parcel Rate Increase (And New Zone Shipping Policy)

February 26, 2019 by Dan Galassi

In late January, 2019, the United States Postal Service (USPS) rolled out some of the largest rate increases in its history.  

Some increases, like the 10% jump in the price of a First-class stamp, pertain primarily to individuals.  But others, like the move to zone-based pricing for First-class Package Services, have major implications for eTailers that sell and ship lightweight items.

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation, B2C Fulfillment

FULFILLMENT FOR DUMMIES: What Entrepreneurs Should Know About the Order Fulfillment Process

January 29, 2019 by Amware Fulfillment

For online retailers, processing and delivering orders eats up a huge chunk of operating expenses. That’s why it pays to know as much as you can about this critical function.

But here’s the problem: You’re a busy entrepreneur. For now, being successful requires focusing most of your time on growing sales and building your team. You simply don’t have time to make yourself a fulfillment expert.

Filed Under: Third Party Logistics, Logistics Outsourcing, Parcel Transportation, Scalability, Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), B2C Fulfillment, eCommerce Fulfillment, order fulfillment process

Searching for FBA Alternatives: Why More Amazon Sellers Are Taking a Hard Look at Seller Fulfilled Prime

January 22, 2019 by Amware Fulfillment

Any way you look at it, Amazon’s fulfillment arm, Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA), has an enormous warehousing footprint.  It currently operates about 128 fulfillment centers in the U.S. alone – and that doesn’t even factor in Amazon’s many Prime Now hubs, Whole Food grocery DCs, delivery stations, and other distribution locations.

For Amazon sellers, using FBA simplifies things by handing over all fulfillment and customer

Filed Under: Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), B2C Fulfillment, eCommerce Fulfillment, order fulfillment process

Amware CEO Appears on Entrepreneurs on Fire Podcast

January 14, 2019 by Amware Fulfillment

Amware Fulfillment’s CEO, Harry Drajpuch, recently appeared on the Entrepreneurs on Fire podcast to talk about all things fulfillment and promote Amware’s Fulfillment for Dummies eBook.  You can listen to the interview here or search for "Entrepreneurs on Fire" within your favorite podcast app.

Filed Under: Logistics Outsourcing, B2C Fulfillment, Amware News, eCommerce Fulfillment, order fulfillment process

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