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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
When you are trying to figure out which enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to use, it's not always a simple decision to make. Moreover, it's not unlikely that shipping may not be a priority on your list. However, the decision does not have to be time-consuming.
When it comes to dangerous materials, shipping requires much more attention than simply tossing items into a box. One of the most common questions CLS receives is, “How do I ship hazardous materials (HAZMAT)?” This is often followed by “How do I ship lithium batteries?”
The short answer is very carefully.