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Warehouse Technology: Do You Really Need a Workstation Shipping Screen?

Posted by Rick Williams on Jun 14, 2018 8:00:00 AM

If you are still using a carrier or third-party shipping system that has a shipping screen, why? Perhaps you’ve never considered this question, but redesigning your system to remove the need for a shipping screen could lead to significant cost savings, so it is worth evaluating your warehouse technology.

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Topics: warehouse, shipping system, shipping costs

Warehouse Inventory: How to Improve Your Same-Day Shipping Order Processing

Posted by Stephen Williams on Jun 13, 2018 2:20:00 PM

While same-day order turnaround combines the convenience of expedited access to products with the simplicity of online ordering, making a pledge to deliver on such a service commitment can come with challenges. Complex processes, warehouse inventory, and inadequate planning can greatly affect your ability to meet this level of service for your customers.

Here's what you need to know to improve same-day shipping, and how to manage inventory efficiently.

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Topics: warehouse, shipping system

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

Warehouse Process Improvement: How to Pack and Ship at the Same Time

Posted by Doug Popejoy on Jun 4, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Whether you're an operations manager or warehouse supervisor in charge of the daily flow of inbound and outbound warehouse operations, understanding if and how you can pack and ship simultaneously is vital to improving and maintaining an efficient supply chain.

But before you turn your warehouse processes upside down, here are a few factors you need to consider first.

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Topics: warehouse, shipping system, packing

InfoShip/Vx Is the Shipping System That Saves

Posted by Rick Williams on Jun 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

If I had asked people what they really wanted, they would have said faster horses.

-Henry Ford

In the shipping and fulfillment industry, efficiency makes the difference. It can save or cost thousands of extra worker hours and ultimately determine the survival of any company.

If you are reading my blog, I’m sure you already understand the intricacies of working with third parties. Whether they want a unique packing slip, to conditionally use a preferred carrier/service or put their logo and their specific reference fields on a shipping label, they all have requirements that can eat up your time.

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Topics: shipping system, 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

InfoShip Enhancements

Posted by Rick Williams on Aug 21, 2017 1:57:44 PM

CLS is proud to announce that over the past year or so, we’ve added several new carriers and services to InfoShip®/Vx. These enhancements are the result of requests from our customers. We value our customer partnerships and truly appreciate that you let us know how we can help to continue to improve your warehouse management operations as well as your business. Take a look at the list below and let us know if you think your operation can benefit from these additions.

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Topics: shipping system

Case Study: Empowering the Growth of Dollar Shave Club with InfoShip

Posted by Rick Williams on Jul 10, 2017 1:21:47 PM

After initially outsourcing its shipping to a Third-Party Logistics (3PL) firm, in 2015, Dollar Shave Club (DSC) decided it was going to bring shipping in-house and needed a reliable and flexible high-volume shipping system to meet their increased warehouse management demands.

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Topics: shipping system

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

The Frequent Misapplication of the Print and Apply Process in Small Parcel Shipping

Posted by Rick Williams on Feb 17, 2017 2:20:26 PM

For those not familiar with warehouse management and automation systems, using print and apply processes typically means you are placing a label or labels on a box – in today’s example, we are specifically speaking of a small parcel shipment – that needs to add a carrier and/or box label automatically, via a print and apply mechanical process.  

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Topics: warehouse, shipping system, packing