Internet Retailer recently polled 100 E-retailers about their fulfillment networks. According to the survey report, about half of those businesses deliver orders nationally from a single shipping fulfillment center.
Not only does this strategy limit delivery speed and increase parcel shipping costs, it creates huge risk of a wholesale business interruption.
It’s no secret that parcel shipping represents the largest part of eCommerce and direct selling companies’ fulfillment costs, possibly as much as 75%. While some companies see a significant area of expense, others see a huge potential for savings – which is why Amware has just released 10 Ways To Reduce Parcel Shipping Costs, a new eBook that tackles the subject head-on.
This holiday season blog is our gift to budget-conscious B2C shippers who need to control fulfillment expenses.
The subject: reducing parcel shipping costs.
How do you do it? Think P – A – R – C – E – L.
It may only be October, but before you know it, holidays will be upon us. You’ll soon be seeing a lot more of all of your favorite parcel shipping carriers.
In light of that, we thought we’d share a few facts and figures about some of the exciting things each of these players has been up to since the last peak shopping season rolled around – with a little what’s-in-it-for-you commentary thrown in for good measure. Amware
Internet Retailer just published a research report whose title posed an important question for any online seller: Are Your Fulfillment Operations Good Enough?
Interestingly, many of the 100 mid-sized e-retailers who responded to the survey don’t think so.
The logistics field is changing fast and furious, and eCommerce fulfillment is leading the way. At Amware, we try to keep an eye out for interesting facts that provide a big picture view of what’s happening across the industry. Here’s some of what we’ve come across lately in our reading – with a little added commentary.
Complete this sentence: We’re going to need a bigger ______.
Not surprisingly, most movie buffs’ automatic response is “boat.”
If you sell online and want to prepare your business for exponential growth, the best answer might be: “We’re going to need a bigger order fulfillment warehouse.”
By now, you’re probably well-acquainted with the potential for parcel shipping services like UPS SurePost and FedEx SmartPost to save you big money. The basic model of each service is the same. Packages start with UPS or FedEx and end up at a USPS sorting facility for final delivery by letter carriers on their regular routes.
But what else do you really know about the ins and outs of these hybrid delivery solutions?
Late last month, Amazon shook up the shipping industry when its CFO revealed the company’s goal to provide Prime members with free one-day shipping.
According to many media outlets, this could be a game-changer for Wal-Mart, Target and other mega-retailers.
But the burning question is what does it mean for smaller or mid-sized eTailers like you? Is fulfilling orders in one day something you’ll also have to deliver?
“Going above and beyond” is usually considered to be a good thing. But not when it comes to your eCommerce delivery expenses.
That’s why this week’s post is dedicated to some of the most common ways that eTailers can rack up bigger packaging and parcel delivery costs without even trying.