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How Transparency Can Improve Order Fulfillment

Posted by on May 3, 2013 in Blog, Industry Trends | 0 comments

How Transparency Can Improve Order Fulfillment

Fulfillment centers are constantly perfecting their practices to create a lean and efficient shipping and warehousing system.  In this age where technology and communication are being utilized, how can a fulfillment center continue to increase productivity and quality control while cutting costs? The answer is transparent business practices. Previously the only people who were able to see exactly how the operations went were the few people involved in placing the boxes onto the trucks or into the warehouse. Now with the introduction of...

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7 Ways to Improve a Customer’s Shipping Experience

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Blog, Industry Trends | 0 comments

7 Ways to Improve a Customer’s Shipping Experience

Shipping can be the most stressful part of an online transaction, for both the customer and the retailer. A shopper may need an item in time for a birthday party, and the retailer claims to have excellent customer service. If a problem arises in the shipping process at a fulfillment center, all parties are affected. Fulfillment centers should consistently work to improve the customer’s shipping experience in order to please them—and maintain the retailer’s reputation of quality customer service. Learn seven ways to improve a...

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E-Commerce Fulfillment Services: Returns Management Cost Breakdown

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013 in Blog, Industry Trends | 0 comments

E-Commerce Fulfillment Services: Returns Management Cost Breakdown

Returns Management and Logistics Costs A recent trend in fulfillment center logistics has been to focus on returns management as a place to cut back on costs. Is the fulfillment center you work with taking this into account? Make sure you understand everything that goes into returns management for your business. Because of the increase in e-commerce business and the nature of online retail, customers may frequently purchase items with the intent of returning a portion of them. In this way, shipping costs are not a one way process. Returns must...

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Spring Cleaning: Emphasis on Lean Logistics in E-Commerce Fulfillment

Posted by on Mar 19, 2013 in Blog, Industry Trends | 0 comments

Spring Cleaning: Emphasis on Lean Logistics in E-Commerce Fulfillment

Your supply chain may be in need of some spring cleaning! There are a few important benefits to be gained from making your supply chain leaner. Saving time and energy by simplifying translates to saving on costs. A streamlined process means fewer steps where problems can arise, and every step you can cut out or optimize translates to savings. The Importance of Lean Logistics Working with experts at a fulfillment center can help you to slim down your supply chain, cut out unnecessary steps, and therefore save on time and cost of shipping. This...

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What E-Commerce Businesses Should Know: Sustainable Returns Management

Posted by on Mar 13, 2013 in Blog, How-To, Sustainability | 0 comments

What E-Commerce Businesses Should Know: Sustainable Returns Management

Sustainability is the buzzword on everyone’s mind in today’s world. Sustainable initiatives can save businesses money and help the environment at the same time. E-commerce businesses using third-party fulfillment centers should be thinking about sustainability, both for their own costs as well as the corporate social responsibility initiatives their customers expect. Returns Management and Sustainability One element of the supply chain that is becoming increasingly important for sustainability initiatives is returns management. Also known...

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Is Your Business Partnering With a Fulfillment Center?

Posted by on Feb 27, 2013 in Blog, How-To | 0 comments

Is Your Business Partnering With a Fulfillment Center?

What Your Business Needs To Know There have been a lot of changes in the fulfillment industry recently, and if you are partnering with a fulfillment center for distribution, it’s important to understand these changes and what they mean for your business. In a previous blog post, we explored new forms of technology recently and how they can improve not only a fulfillment center’s functioning but also the entire supply chain. The use of RFID tags allows for much more accurate tracking and problem solving when issues occur. However, with the...

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How Transportation Costs Will Affect Fulfillment Centers in 2013

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in Blog, Industry Trends | 0 comments

How Transportation Costs Will Affect Fulfillment Centers in 2013

Fuel and transportation costs amount to over $1 trillion per year of business logistics costs in the U.S. To manage this cost, and the constantly fluctuating price of gas, fulfillment centers must strike a delicate balance to move freight on time and accurately. Fulfillment centers sometimes use a tactic called a modal shift, meaning using an alternate mode of transit to save on expenses. This tends to take longer than more expensive shipping methods, so fulfillment centers must plan accordingly. According to the Morgan Stanley Freight Pulse...

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The Newest RFID Technology in Fulfillment Centers

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Blog, Technology | 0 comments

The Newest RFID Technology in Fulfillment Centers

RFID technology is taking off and revolutionizing the fulfillment industry. RFID stands for radio frequency identification, and RFID tags are intelligent barcodes that can talk to a networked system to keep track of the location of items in a warehouse through production, packaging and storage. This technology allows for much faster and more accurate tracking and pick-and-pack fulfillment that can solve many issues down the entire supply chain. RFID Journal recently announced that it will feature live retail apparel demonstrations of RFID...

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4 Signs Your E-Commerce Business is Ready to Outsource Fulfillment

Posted by on Feb 14, 2013 in Blog, How-To | 0 comments

4 Signs Your E-Commerce Business is Ready to Outsource Fulfillment

While e-commerce start-ups may be better off managing shipping internally at first, as the business starts to grow, shipping can waste a lot of precious time. For smaller e-commerce start-ups, a low number of orders may not justify the base rate charged by third party distributions. However, as your business gains ground in the market and orders increase, outsourcing your distribution to a third-party fulfillment center can be exactly what your company needs in order to continue and take advantage of initial growth. While the time for this...

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How to Make the Most of Your Logistics Cost with a Fulfillment Center

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Blog, How-To | 0 comments

How to Make the Most of Your Logistics Cost with a Fulfillment Center

With increasing complexity of product development, the supply chain logistics become more complex as well. All companies like to see growth, but growth can necessitate changes to a supply chain and distribution routes. A third party fulfillment center can help your growing company by managing the distribution of your products, while your company focuses on core competencies. Learn more about managing increasing complexity in your supply chain in this Industry Week article. Here are three ways a third party fulfillment center will allow your...

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