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.”
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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?
Filed Under: Parcel Transportation
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.
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.
If the only thing it took to win an NBA title was having one of the world’s most dominant players, the 1984-1990 Chicago Bulls should have been a slam-dunk. After all, they had Michael Jordan.
Yet the struggling Bulls didn’t manage to win a single championship until the early ‘90s, when new coach Phil Jackson convinced Jordan and his teammates to focus on team play instead of individual glory.
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.
It’s often referred to as Second City. But when it comes to transportation and fulfillment, there are many reasons why Chicago is second-to-none.
Home to world-class culture, the nation’s highest building, and several beloved sports franchises, it’s also a vital cog in many companies’ national fulfillment networks.
When it comes to outsourcing certain parts of your logistics and fulfillment, you have a lot to choose from. When it comes to others, it’s a different story. For instance, with parcel carriers your company is pretty well locked into working with UPS, FedEx, DHL or the USPS.
But thankfully that doesn’t mean you have to be equally locked into using these carriers’ published rates. We recently caught up with Amware
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