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Increases in Shipping Costs and This Year’s Shipping Cut-Offs

Two thing’s are certain about ecommerce: it’s non-stop growth and non-stop hikes in shipping costs. Gifts from Santa and a happy new year aren’t the only things you can expect at the end of the holiday season. USPS, FedEx, and UPS are upping their rates on their services. Here’s what to expect. USPS USPS increased their […]

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Begin Test Driving Your Shipping Rate Strategy Now

With the holidays on the horizon, it’s time to test drive some scalable shipping strategies that are ready to deploy when the peak selling season — November and December — arrives. There are many parts to a shipping strategy, like selecting a carrier and managing returns, but perhaps the most important of all is how you […]

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An Upcoming USPS Rate Change to Be Aware Of

  Quick heads up for your bottom-line! The biggest changes to USPS shipping rates arrived last January, but when the clock strikes midnight on August 28 (this Sunday), USPS will greenlight yet another rate change. Uptick in Lightweight, First Class Rates First Class shipping is extremely cost-effective for many e-retailers that handle extremely lightweight products. But it’s […]

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Killing Off Unwanted Inventory

The title may sound brutal, but excess inventory is no trivial matter, as any retailer experiences eventually. Whether or not it’s worse than a stockout is debatable, but one thing is for sure: inventory that isn’t sold is cash that’s tied up. Inventory is most likely your biggest investment. The longer you hold onto it, the […]

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Finding That Perfect 3PL

Relationships are everything, especially when you’re trying to get someone else to do something for you. Will you ever find that perfect partner? Someone willing to store your junk? Someone willing to take orders at a moment’s notice? Someone with their ship together? These are the questions many e-retailers ask themselves as they search for a 3PL […]

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Picking an Efficient Pick and Pack Process

When your fulfillment operation runs like clockwork, you’ll have more time on the clock to accomplish other biz objectives. There are plenty of things to do to optimize your back-office operation — you can utilize shipping and inventory management software, forecast inventory accurately to prevent out-of-stocks and stock outs, and more. But what about optimizing your pick […]

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How to Manage Multiple Dropship Suppliers

Most online retailers will tell you — managing inventory & orders can be a challenge. Traditional retailers have the task of managing the physical inventory. Storing, organizing, packing, and shipping all have their unique and often tedious organizational issues. Online retailers that choose to sell “dropship” products have a whole new set of challenges they […]

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5 Updates in the World of Fulfillment

Each week, we publish a mishmash of ecommerce related, insight infused articles for your to smash through. Just as we collect business information across all of a merchant’s channels in a single place, we’re doing the same for ecommerce related content from a variety of top tier content creators. It seems like we’ve been covering […]

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All the Details of Dropshipping

We’ve covered in-house and just-in-time fulfillment, as well as outsourced fulfillment, each with its own positives and negatives, but now we’re moving to a completely hands-off form of fulfillment — dropshipping. To some, it sounds like a pipe dream. No managing inventory? No actual fulfillment? That’s the essence of dropshipping, but there’s a lot more to […]

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Figuring Out Outsourced Fulfillment in Ecommerce

Last week, we spoke about how in-house and just-in-time fulfillment granted you complete control over your fulfillment process. This week, we’re going on the other end of the spectrum with outsourced fulfillment. Fulfillment can be quite the drag. It’s complicated, we all know this. So why not pay someone else to do it? That’s the […]

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