What Entrepreneurs Need to Know about eCommerce Order Fulfillment

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on January 21, 2021

We’ve all heard the expression, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you.”

We also know that it’s dead wrong, because when it comes to key functions like picking, packing, and shipping, your pockets of ignorance could wind up costing you big.

That’s why it pays to know as much as you can about the ins and outs of eCommerce order fulfillment.

Topics: Fulfillment Operations

How to Reduce Fulfillment Center Costs Without Major Automation

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on January 14, 2021

There once as a young fulfillment professional - let’s call her Leah - who decided her current warehousing job wasn’t making her happy. So she found another one instead.

No big deal, right?

Actually it is, and if you don’t think so, your company could be missing out on an easy way to trim one of your largest areas of fulfillment center costs – labor.

Topics: Fulfillment Operations

2020 in review: Amware’s most popular fulfillment blog posts

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on December 29, 2020

2020 was a historic year for all things eCommerce. Through it all, we did our best to keep readers informed of fulfillment challenges, trends and opportunities with educational articles on our blog. The following are the articles our readers connected with the most.

Topics: Fulfillment Operations

Q&A on the Importance of Fulfillment Warehouse Productivity Standards

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on December 22, 2020

If you’ve ever taken a road trip with kids, you’ve heard the questions “Are we there yet?” and “How much longer?” Smart fulfillment warehouse operators can definitely relate. But the questions we’re continuously asking are more along the lines of “How long should this task really take?” and “What’s the most efficient process for this project?”

These questions relate to fulfillment warehouse productivity standards, which

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How eCommerce WMS Software Can Make the Holidays Bright

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on December 15, 2020

If you’ve ever watched Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, you may have noticed that Santa didn’t do his own fulfillment. He relied on elves to do most of the picking, packaging and loading.

South of the North Pole, our eCommerce driven economy also relies on an army of unsung fulfillment professionals who are working extra-hard to get your orders out the door. This year, more than ever, they need sophisticated tools to help

Topics: Fulfillment Operations

How to Improve Your Order Fulfillment Process in 2021

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on December 1, 2020

As fulfillment professionals limp toward the finish line after a grueling 2020, there’s one critical thing they still need to deal with.

2021.

That’s right, if you want to improve your order fulfillment process next year, you’ll need to take stock of your current operation and identify areas for improvement. Here are 5 strategic questions to start that assessment.

Topics: Fulfillment Operations

How to Achieve 2-day Ground Shipping for eCommerce Fulfillment

Posted by Scott Guilmette on November 23, 2020

With the holidays upon us, eCommerce companies are battling for the minds and wallets of a consumer base that’s larger than ever due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chief among the weaponry these combatants are using are claims of fast shipping, typically 2-day ground shipping. Can your shipping speed keep up with your competitors’ offerings? A better question may be: do you need them to? In this article, we’ll look at 2-day

Topics: Fulfillment Operations

Calculating Your Fulfillment Cost Per Order: 4 Key Suggestions

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on November 19, 2020

A couple of years ago, Internet users were radically divided over the contents of a four-second audio clip and whether the sound it made was “Laurel” or “Yanny.” (Go ahead and try it. We’ll wait.)

So who was right?

As it turns out, they both were – because what people heard depended on a wide variety of factors, including which frequencies their ears picked up more easily. So it is with fulfillment cost per order, which

Topics: Fulfillment Operations

4 Reasons NOT to Outsource eCommerce Order Fulfillment

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on November 17, 2020

Although it’s a back-end operation, eCommerce order fulfillment is one of the most important contributors to the success of any online business. When order processing and delivery are slow or inaccurate, customers don’t hesitate to shop elsewhere.

That’s why your company should outsource order fulfillment to a third-party logistics (3PL) company – right? Not necessarily.

Topics: Fulfillment Operations

Better Warehouse Labor Planning Requires Better Forecasting

Posted by Amware Fulfillment on November 10, 2020

In this past election, voters were faced with two very contrasting alternatives. Decisions on peak season fulfillment center staffing are similarly distinct: you have two very different alternatives to choose between.

On the one hand you have the Don’t Get Caught Short-Handed camp, which presumes any understaffing during peak season leads to inexcusable fulfillment bottlenecks and delays.

Topics: Warehouse KPI, Fulfillment Operations