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4 Tips to Reduce Common Fulfillment Errors and Improve Warehouse Processes

Posted by Greg Marone on Jun 13, 2018 2:17:00 PM

 

From the minor, like shipping a customer two pairs of socks instead of one, to the major, like shipping the wrong products to the wrong addressee, fulfillment errors are unpleasant. They’re also, to a degree, unavoidable.

As long as humans are involved in fulfilling e-commerce orders, human error is possible. You may not be able to eliminate all fulfillment errors, but you can and should implement warehouse processes and best practices to minimize them. Here are four suggestions to get you started.

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Topics: multichannel shipping, e-commerce

E-commerce Shipping and the Changes to Come in the Warehousing and Logistics Space

Posted by Greg Marone on Jun 11, 2018 2:20:00 PM

You've undoubtedly noticed the changes at your warehouse. The days of large shipments containing dozens of SKU's seem to be passing. Less deliveries are going to retailers, and more and more small packages are going every day, assuming you and your team can keep up.

Whether good or bad, the trend is soon to become a traditional practice, as e-commerce sales are predicted to grow from eight to 12 percent in 2017 with little slowdown in sight. Let's discuss what warehousing and logistics changes are coming down the pike.

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Topics: e-commerce

How Much Do Shipping Systems Cost?

Posted by Greg Marone on Jun 7, 2018 8:00:00 AM

This is a tough question. Shipping system cost depends on the functionality of the solution and its implementation. Are you interfacing it to a host system? Is it a complex integration? How much support do you have from your internal IT staff? What carriers and special services do you use?

The reason for asking this question is completely understandable, but the short answer is, "It's complicated."

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Topics: shipping system, shipping costs

Additional FedEx changes for SmartPost coming on January 22, 2018

Posted by Greg Marone on Oct 18, 2017 12:22:00 PM


Effective January 22nd 2018, FedEx has announced it will be changing the SmartPost service from weight-based to dimension-based rating. As you may recall, several years ago they changed the majority of their services to dimension-based rating.

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Topics: shipping costs, shipping

How Will the New USPS Package Verification System Affect Your Business?

Posted by Greg Marone on Oct 4, 2017 11:55:16 PM

Do you know about the recent change to the way USPS handles their parcel package processing. I think it is good information for anyone who ships with large volumes whether you are using USPS now or looking to leverage this option in the future.

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Topics: shipping system, shipping costs, shipping

Are You Shipping Dangerous Goods and Don’t Know It?

Posted by Greg Marone on Oct 4, 2017 11:55:01 PM

As the eCommerce boom continues, many companies are shipping more diversified products than ever before. Whether you have increased your product offering to expand into new markets or if you are fulfilling for various partners, most likely you are shipping new products that you have not shipped before, introducing changes to your warehouse management operations.

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Topics: shipping

UPS Announces New Peak Surcharge

Posted by Greg Marone on Aug 2, 2017 1:46:03 PM

Major parcel carriers like UPS and FedEx have started running into issues during peak season shipping, not only in handling the increased volume, but in being able to maintain a profit during the peak season as well.

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Topics: ups

Warehouse Software: Leveraging Mail Consolidators for Savings

Posted by Greg Marone on Apr 21, 2017 4:23:00 PM

Online sales represent an increasingly important source of revenue for many businesses, making the need for affordable shipping more critical than ever. Many budget-savvy, high-volume shippers are turning to mail consolidators to reduce the cost of shipping while still providing reliable delivery.

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Topics: shipping costs, shipping

18 Parcel Shipping Buzzwords You Need to Know

Posted by Greg Marone on Mar 24, 2017 3:28:29 PM

If you run a business that ships goods to consumers or other companies, it is important to know some key shipping and warehouse management terms. These terms allow you to communicate correctly with the shipping department. Take a look at this list of key shipping terms and use it to prevent misunderstandings from messing up your orders.

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Topics: shipping, operations

When Does Your Free Shipping System Begin to Cost You Money?

Posted by Greg Marone on Mar 3, 2017 5:50:14 PM

When your business was first launched, they probably chose a free shipping system from a carrier like UPS or FedEx. But now as your business has grown, you may find that these carrier-provided systems no longer meet your needs.

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Topics: shipping system, shipping costs