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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

Bullish on Teamwork: Why Integrate Fulfillment and Shipping Services?

February 19, 2019 by Harry Drajpuch

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. 

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation, eCommerce Fulfillment, order fulfillment process, fulfillment operations

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

The Windy City at Your Back: Ten Reasons Why A Chicago Fulfillment Center Makes Sense

January 9, 2019 by Amware Fulfillment

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. 

Filed Under: Logistics Outsourcing, Parcel Transportation, eCommerce Fulfillment, Top Fulfillment Locations, Marketing Fulfillment

Straight Talk About Low-Cost Shipping for Parcel Deliveries

November 27, 2018 by Dan Galassi

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

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation

All The Right Stuffing:  Amware Offers Antidotes For Parcel Shipping Cost Increases

November 20, 2018 by Amware Fulfillment

If you’re reading this shortly before your annual Thanksgiving feast, keep your antacids handy, because the country’s largest package carriers have begun rolling out their annual parcel shipping increases, and boy are they cause for heartburn.     

Filed Under: Third Party Logistics, Parcel Transportation, eCommerce Fulfillment, Top Fulfillment Locations

What Do You Mean By That?  9 International Fulfillment Terms That Could Make or Break Your Global Success

October 30, 2018 by Dan Galassi

Earlier this year, we shared our list of common but essential parcel industry terms that often get overlooked, especially when it comes to your company’s bottom line. 

This week, we’d like to continue that discussion by spotlighting several terms and names that are equally important – especially if you’re a growth-minded company that wants to break into the international fulfillment and global e-commerce market, which

Filed Under: Third Party Logistics, Logistics Outsourcing, Parcel Transportation, eCommerce Fulfillment

eCommerce Packaging:  Why Polybags Could Equal Big Labor and Parcel Savings

August 7, 2018 by Harry Drajpuch

Raise your hand if you ever went to a birthday party and watched the guest of honor unwrap a huge box only to discover that it held a very small reward – one that was reached only after unwrapping a series of other large boxes. 

It was the ten-year-old’s version of comedy gold.

Overpackaging still happens today in eCommerce packaging, only it’s not restricted to kids’ gifts.  And in many cases, people find it annoying

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation, eCommerce Fulfillment

What Do You Mean By That?  Key Parcel Shipping Terms That Could Save (Or Cost) You Big

July 24, 2018 by Amware Fulfillment

Each year, the world’s most popular dictionaries make headlines when they announce their latest additions.  (And in case you’re curious, some of this year’s winners included hangry and mansplaining.)

It’s a huge reminder that our day-to-day vocabularies are constantly evolving – and that it’s always a good idea for everyone to be on the same page about what a commonly used expression means.

With apologies to Noah Webster,

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation, eCommerce Fulfillment

Offsetting the Parcel Oligopoly:  Helpful Hints for Controlling Your eCommerce Delivery Spend

July 17, 2018 by Amware Fulfillment

There are many industries that are chock full of competition.  Unfortunately for your business, parcel delivery isn’t one of them. 

Much like Henry Ford was glad to sell people a car in any color “as long as it was black,” your company is free to use any eCommerce delivery option you want – as long it involves UPS, FedEx, DHL or the USPS. 

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation, eCommerce Fulfillment

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