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Current and Future Trends in Fulfillment : An Outlook for 2017

December 29, 2016

In 2016, e-commerce grew by an estimated 45%, a whopping 15.8% increase from 2015. With online retail on the rise, merchants of all sizes have departed from catalog and brick and mortar sales to focus on a sales channel experts say is worth over $372 billion. Amidst mobile optimization, marketing campaign personalization, competitive rate comparison […]

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Big Shipper? Pricing May be DIM…A Guide to Dimensional Weight

November 15, 2016

What is dimensional weight? Simply put, dimensional weight (DIM weight) is a pricing technique used by the transportation industry that measures the amount of space a package occupies compared to the actual weight to determine billable weight. How is DIM weight calculated? The standard formula for dimensional weight is total cubic dimensions (Length x Width x Height) divided […]

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Wisely Select Your Carrier to Reduce Parcel Delivery Costs

November 11, 2016

One of the biggest developments in parcel shipping over the past decade is the increased use of consolidators. Consolidators compete against standard UPS and FedEx ground services by using a special rate from USPS called Parcel Select. The consolidators sort and drive the parcels to USPS Bulk Mail Centers (BMCs), Sectional Centers (SCFs) and local […]

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USPS IMpb Barcode Requirements

August 3, 2016

As a result of recent developments, the United States Postal Service issued a mandate that all metered parcels must use an Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb.) The new barcode provides end-to-end tracking, accurate delivery estimates and free $50 insurance with Priority Mail or $100 with Priority Express Mail. Services that Require USPS IMpb Since flats and letters use […]

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Ecommerce Fulfillment Trends: An Outlook for 2016

February 8, 2016

Over the past few years, business has skyrocketed for online sellers. Numerous factors have fueled the trend, including growing confidence in online transactions, increased usage of mobile apps and the ease of being able to shop from any location. As more consumers do significant amounts of shopping online, the stakes have risen in the world […]

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Fast Shipping Vs. Free Shipping: Which Is Right For You?

December 19, 2015

With the holiday season upon us, many consumers are beginning to research the best deals for gifts available from e-retailers. These deals typically offer the option of choosing between fast shipping and free shipping — and both fulfillment methods contain distinct advantages and drawbacks to consider. Let’s take a quick look at fast and free […]

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What Are the Main Components of Fulfillment Costs?

December 10, 2015

If your e-commerce business is growing and you no longer have the space to store inventory or the time to ship it out, you’ll want to consider partnering with a third-party fulfillment service. This type of fulfillment service can manage your delivery logistics and give you more time to concentrate on the day-to-day management of […]

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Commercial Shipping FAQs

November 18, 2015

In an increasingly globalized world, a business’s ability to move their product quickly and economically is the key to success. Commercial shipping is a vast topic, one that extends far beyond the scope of a single blog post. Rather than try to give a comprehensive overview, we’ve compiled a quick rundown of some of the […]

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Wearable Tech Comes to the Warehouse

April 3, 2015

Last summer, a video demonstrating the potential applications of Google’s Glass technology in the warehouse made quite a stir in the supply chain management world (see the video here). The video managed to impress a lot of people, but how much of it is hype and how much is an accurate prediction of the future […]

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What Is Drop Ship Fulfillment?

April 2, 2015

Drop shipping is a form of supply chain management in which a retailer (typically online), partners directly with a supplier instead of buying a large number of goods wholesale. When the retailer receives an order, it is conveyed to the supplier, who then ships it directly from their warehouse to the customer. The alternative to […]

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