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Rick Williams

Recent Posts

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 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

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 items to keep in the back of your mind as we wind down summer time.

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Topics: shipping costs

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 demand.

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Topics: shipping system

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

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

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

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

Workstation Shipping: Do You Really Need a Shipping Screen?

Posted by Rick Williams on Feb 10, 2017 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 big cost savings, so it is worth evaluating for your own business.

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Topics: warehouse, shipping system, shipping costs

Weigh Your Options: UPS and FedEx Alternatives

Posted by Rick Williams on Jan 26, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In the past five years, e-commerce companies have seen a huge shift with how residential packages that weigh under five pounds are handled: Up to 50 percent of these packages are now going through the United States Postal Service.

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Topics: carriers, shipping costs

How to Address Bottlenecks in Your Shipping System

Posted by Rick Williams on Dec 14, 2016 4:30:00 PM

It's important to have a shipping system that operates smoothly to expedite shipping timeframes, maintain customer satisfaction and maximize how many packages your shipping team sends out each week. However, as your business grows to process a larger number of packages, you may experience a bottleneck and face difficulties getting shipments out.

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Topics: warehouse