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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

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

How to Improve Your Same-Day Shipping Order Processing

Posted by Stephen Williams on Feb 9, 2017 2:37:26 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 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.

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Topics: warehouse, shipping system

How Much Do Shipping Systems Cost?

Posted by Greg Marone on Feb 7, 2017 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?

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Topics: shipping system, shipping costs

How to Compare Shipping Costs

Posted by Greg Marone on Feb 2, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Reducing your shipping expenses or streamlining your shipping costs is achievable by comparing different carriers' offers on costs. However, there are a few comparison factors to keep in mind, including the shipping prices, different weight breaks and different shipping zones. Here are a few ways to compare shipping costs.

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Topics: warehouse, carriers, shipping costs

4 Ways to Organize Your Warehouse to Be More Efficient

Posted by Stephen Williams on Feb 1, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Keeping your warehouse organized can help you to operate efficiently. However, without a plan on how to optimize your layout so that you can maximize efficiency, your efforts may be for naught. While there is no magic, "one size fits all" solution, there are a few best practices that can work to maximize operational efficiency within your warehouse.

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Topics: warehouse

How Can I Manage Fuel Surcharges?

Posted by Stephen Williams on Jan 31, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Fuel surcharges are invisible to many online shoppers, but they're a vital part of the shipping world. A single fuel surcharge usually adds up to only a few cents, especially while fuel prices are low, but over time, if you're not accounting for it, your business can lose money and have serious accounting headaches.

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Topics: 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 Pack and Ship at the Same Time

Posted by Doug Popejoy on Jan 25, 2017 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.

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Topics: warehouse, shipping system, packing