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The Definition of Shipping Manifest [In Under 100 Words]

Posted by Malcolm Johnson on Nov 6, 2018 2:18:00 PM

A Shipping Manifest is a document that is typically presented to the carrier outlining the individual shipping orders included in a shipment. The manifest will show the reference number of each shipping order in the load, the weight and count of boxes or containers, and the destination.

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Topics: shipping

The Definition of Transportation Management System (TMS) [In Under 100 Words]

Posted by Malcolm Johnson on Nov 1, 2018 2:19:00 PM

A Transportation Management System (or TMS) is a computer system designed to provide optimized transportation management in various modes along with associated activities, including managing shipping units, labor planning and building, shipment scheduling through inbound, outbound, intra-company shipments, documentation management (especially when international shipping is involved), and third party logistics management.

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Topics: shipping, warehouse

The Definition of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System [In Under 100 Words]

Posted by Malcolm Johnson on Oct 26, 2018 2:19:00 PM

An Enterprise Resource Planning System (or ERP) is a class of software for planning and managing “enterprise-wide” the resources needed to take customer orders, ship them, account for them and replenish all needed goods according to customer orders and forecasts. Often includes electronic commerce with suppliers. Examples of ERP systems are the application suites from SAP, Oracle, Dynamics AX and others.

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Topics: ERP

UPS Announces Fee Increases

Posted by Rick Williams on Jun 20, 2018 8:06:48 AM

UPS recently announced several upcoming fee increases. In addition, effective June 4th, they will be assessing a new Shipping Charge Correction Audit fee if the average shipping charge correction is greater than $5 in an invoice week. If you are shipping packages that qualify for dimensional rating but a) do not provide dimensions, b) provide inaccurate dimensions, or c) provide inaccurate/estimated weights, this new fee could very well be assessed on your upcoming UPS invoices.

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Topics: ups, shipping

Warehouse Optimization: How Do I Make My Shipping Faster or More Efficient?

Posted by Stephen Williams on Jun 15, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Whether your company is currently experiencing a growth spurt in orders, or you've been handling a high volume for quite some time, it's likely time to reevaluate your shipping strategies for more efficient and effective solutions. Here are a few to consider to maximize warehouse optimization.

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Topics: warehouse, shipping costs

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 costs, shipping system

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

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

Warehouse Operations: Help! I'm Outgrowing My Warehouse – What Can I Do?

Posted by Rick Williams on Jun 10, 2018 2:21:00 PM

So, you're finally outgrowing your warehouse. That's great—right?

Maybe yes, and maybe no. Running out of room in your warehouse can be a sign of great growth for your business, but it could just as easily be a sign of storage mismanagement.

Before you rent another warehouse or pack up your current inventory to move to a bigger location, you must first determine the reasons why you are running out of space. This determination will help you make informed decisions about what to do next and how you can improve your warehouse operations.

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Topics: warehouse