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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

Shipping Heavy Freight:  Four Functions You Should Ask a Fulfillment Center To Help With

June 28, 2018 by Harry Drajpuch

Once upon a time, most people would have thought twice before ordering furniture, a piece of exercise equipment, or a kitchen appliance online.  Today, such heavy freight orders are commonplace. 

For example, according to a survey conducted by AlixPartners in 2016, 88% of consumers are willing to purchase an appliance online – a vast increase over the comparatively lower 62% that were open to it in 2012.  Meanwhile

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation, eCommerce Fulfillment

What’s The Big Deal? Why Shipping Heavy Items Is “Weigh” Harder Than It Seems

June 22, 2018 by Harry Drajpuch

If you’ve ever lived with teenagers, the expression “Bigger children, bigger problems” requires no explanation.   It essentially means that even though looking after small kids may seem work-intensive, it’s often kids’ bigger and older years that are the most complex. 

Do a little wordsmithing and you could also be describing how things work in eCommerce, because as items increase in size, so do their fulfillment challenges

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation, eCommerce Fulfillment

Shipping Large Items:  Five DOs And DON’Ts Of Heavy Goods Fulfillment

December 5, 2017 by Amware Fulfillment

The Grinch didn’t realize it at the time, but when he uttered the famous words “It came without packages, boxes or bags,” he was summing up the heavy goods industry’s most notable supply chain challenge – economically shipping large items.

The online buying revolution is not limited to items that neatly fit inside a parcel delivery box. Even the most “industrial” of businesses are shifting their marketing and fulfillment

Filed Under: Third Party Logistics, Parcel Transportation

Leveraging Your Parcel Carrier to Lower Shipping Rates

August 1, 2017 by Amware Fulfillment

In our new eBook, “How to Reduce Fulfillment Costs: It’s Your Parcel Spend, Stupid,” we provide you with 10 methods to reduce your parcel shipping spend – the biggest driver of fulfillment costs.  Not surprisingly, several of these methods involve the relationship between you and your parcel carrier.  This relationship can and should be improved for your benefit.

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation

Ensure a Valid Shipping Address to Reduce Costs

July 18, 2017 by Amware Fulfillment

In our last post, we introduced you to a few of the solutions contained in our new eBook on reducing parcel shipping costs.  We’re going to continue along those lines this week, and discuss a shipping-cost-saving solution that may seem like a no-brainer: making sure that your mailing labels have a valid shipping address. 

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation, eCommerce Fulfillment

How to Reduce Fulfillment Spend: Save on Shipping Costs

July 11, 2017 by Amware Fulfillment

What is your approach to fulfillment costs?  Is it “they are what they are?”  Or, is it more like “these costs are way too high, there must be some way to reduce them?” 

If the latter sounds more like you, you’re in luck.  Amware has just released a brand-new eBook about reducing the largest chunk of your fulfillment spend: parcel shipping.  But, eBook or no eBook, there are things you should know about parcel shipping

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation, B2C Fulfillment

How Parcel Carriers Use Dim Weight Pricing to Increase Shipping Costs

May 2, 2017 by Amware Fulfillment

As an eTailer, you’ve got a lot on your plate.  Too much, probably, to focus on the details of how parcel carriers are charging you for shipping.

But there’s a hidden profit killer that you absolutely need to understand – dimensional weight, or dim weight, pricing. A little focus here can save you tens of thousands in bottom-line dollars.

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation

Are You Keeping Your KPI Scorecard in a “Black Box?”

December 20, 2016 by Harry Drajpuch

In today’s competitive business environment, having associates and managers that are not only focused on their own departmental goals—but also the overarching goals of the entire company—can really pay off. That’s why it’s important to share key performance indicators (KPIs) broadly.

Filed Under: Parcel Transportation, Retail Logistics, B2C Fulfillment

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