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What You Need to Know About Black Box Shipping

Posted by Rick Williams on Apr 27, 2017 12:44:58 PM

When shipping a few packages per day, a manual-entry workstation given to you for free by a carrier (FedEx, UPS, etc.) or even a multicarrier solution designed for an office can get the job done. However, systems like these aren’t conducive to productivity. 

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Topics: warehouse, black box

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

InfoShip/Vx Is the Shipping System That Saves

Posted by Rick Williams on Apr 12, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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Topics: shipping system, shipping

E-commerce Shipping and the Changes to Come

Posted by Greg Marone on Apr 7, 2017 2:38:44 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.

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Topics: e-commerce

4 Tips to Reduce Common Fulfillment Errors

Posted by Greg Marone on Mar 28, 2017 4:16:35 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 procedures and best practices to minimize them. Here are four suggestions to get you started.

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Topics: multichannel shipping, e-commerce

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 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

What Are the Implications of Amazon Entering the Package Delivery Business?

Posted by Rick Williams on Mar 9, 2017 8:58:22 AM

If you're a small-package shipper, the prospect of Amazon entering the package delivery market should be intriguing. Currently, doing business for you means offering a handful of carriers (UPS, FedEx and perhaps the U.S. Postal Service), so your clients have the best possible shipping options. 

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Topics: Insider, carriers

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

5 Ways to Reduce Unexpected Carrier Back Charges

Posted by Greg Marone on Feb 22, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Everybody loves a pleasant surprise, but an unpleasant surprise? Not so much. Carrier back charges fall into the latter category. A shipping back charge is when a carrier bills you an additional amount after you’ve already paid freight for a shipment.

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Topics: warehouse, carriers, 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 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