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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

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 costs, shipping system

Warehouse Optimization: How to Improve Warehouse Efficiency

Posted by Chuck Torrens on Jun 6, 2018 2:20:00 PM

Since 2010, the number of warehouses in the United States has risen 6.8 percent. Clearly, warehouse management is becoming more important to many businesses and to the economy in general.

And you know that a seamless flow of products through your warehouse is critical to business efficiency. However, common issues such as inventory inaccuracies, poor space utilization, unnecessary manual processes and picking inefficiencies can cause major workflow slowdowns.

Here's how to stop these problems and start your warehouse optimization initiative.

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Topics: shipping costs

Things to Consider from the President’s Desk

Posted by Rick Williams on Nov 7, 2017 1:43:00 PM

For the coming year, the average rate increase will be 4.9% across the board. As usual, lower weight and shorter zoned packages will be increased more than 4.9% and particularly hard hit are residential shipments in these lower weights and zones.

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Topics: shipping, 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, shipping costs

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, shipping costs, shipping system

Countdown to 2018

Posted by Rick Williams on Aug 21, 2017 1:57:29 PM

Yes, it’s mid-August and the temperatures are hovering steady in the 90s but the busy season and carrier rate updates will be here before we know it. Here are some warehouse management items to keep in the back of your mind as we wind down summer time.

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Topics: shipping costs

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

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 costs, shipping system