Jack Ampuja is president of Supply Chain Optimizers. Jack’s firm has completed more than 500 packaging optimization projects for manufacturers, retailers, and ecommerce companies, saving an average 10% in supply chain costs on each project. Jack was a recent guest on the Unboxing Fulfillment Podcast with host Harry Drajpuch discussing, among other things, how eCommerce shipping boxes can increase costs and erode profit.
The dysfunction of parcel shipping in recent years is enough to make a logistics manager seek relationship counseling. Not from a therapist, but from someone more like Dean Maciuba, Managing Partner USA at Crossroads Parcel Consulting.
Dean Maciuba served UPS and FedEx for over 37 years, working in senior sales and operations roles. His experience gives him a unique and in-depth view into nearly all aspects of small parcel shipping, including the role of parcel carriers and fulfillment service providers. Dean is currently the Managing Partner, United States, for Crossroads Parcel Consulting, where he is responsible for managing consulting initiatives in the
With the post-Covid rise in online shopping, e-retailers are battling for the minds and wallets of a larger-than-ever market. Chief among the weapons these combatants are using are claims of fast shipping, typically 2-day fulfillment or less from order to delivery. Can your shipping speed keep up with your competitors’ offerings? A better question to ask may be: does it need to? In this article, we’ll look at 2-day
Parcel costs eat up about two thirds of an eTailer's spending. It's no surprise then that companies are looking for ways to reduce their parcel spend. But it's not easy.
With the continuing rise in eCommerce sales, parcel shipping cost and capacity constraints have become big headaches for online sellers. Skyrocketing rates and volume caps may have you seeking alternatives to FedEx, UPS, and USPS – sometimes referred to as the “Big Three” in fulfillment circles. While regional parcel carriers may not offer an ideal solution for every parcel shipping situation, they have provided some brands
If you think that your parcel shipping costs are too high, there may be something that you can do about it. You can get smarter on the dim weight pricing model that carriers use and see if you’re giving away money by leaving too much air in your packages.
Over the past two years, the growth of eCommerce has created more demand – inside and outside the US. But the pandemic has also made it harder to ship goods across borders. To address international eCommerce shipping challenges, many online retailers have turned to third-party logistics providers (3PLs) for help navigating the intricacies of international order fulfillment.
eCommerce sales grew by an astounding 44% in 2020 and have remained strong throughout 2021. This sustained volume surge has challenged nearly every part of the supply chain to keep up with the demand. This includes parcel shipping companies. And, as all shippers know by now, one of the ways that parcel carriers keep up with demand is to raise parcel rates. In this article, we’ll examine the 2021 peak season rate increases as
In online retail, it’s common knowledge that high eCommerce shipping costs or long delivery times cause most online shoppers to abandon their digital shopping carts and seek better deals elsewhere. Most online buyers expect delivery within two days, and they expect that service to be free. While eCommerce sellers bake those “free” shipping costs into the prices of the products, that strategy won’t work if shipping costs