All posts by Will Schneider

Each year, insightQuote conducts a warehousing cost and pricing survey, and we now have our results in from our survey concluded for 2021. Some incredible insights came out of this venture that we would like to share with the world. Before we get to that, we need to be clear about some of the assumptions that this survey makes so that people will understand how we tabulated the results that... Continue reading
What Is A Lumper Service? A lumper service is a group of workers hired by a shipper or carrier to help with the loading or unloading freight from trucks or trailers at a dock. Many shippers and carriers hire lumper services, but they are most common in food warehouses. Lumper services are provided by third parties hired by shippers and receivers to work in their docks. The third parties are... Continue reading
Why Is 1-, 2-, or 3-Day Ground Shipping Important? Today, people are accustomed to buying items online and getting their purchases quickly. People can instantly watch movies and television shows from their home computers and their phones; they have instant access to music, software, and everything else they desire. It’s only natural that people no longer want to wait for weeks to get the items they buy online. For businesses... Continue reading
Online and virtual business that sell goods out of the state where their physical warehouse and factory are located nearly always operate their sales and logistics through multi-state and multi-country warehousing companies. The major advantage of using large-scale warehousing company services is the convenience for your customers and the logistics advantages for your company. The cost of real estate for warehousing inventory is high. The cost of labor involved in the warehousing, packaging,... Continue reading
While a number of brick-and-mortar stores are facing closure, Amazon and other e-commerce sites have experienced record sales. Rick Stein of the Urban Decision Group notes 30,000 store closures in the past five years. In the first few months of 2020, 2,000 have closed with an additional 15,000 more expected by the end of the year. At the start of 2020, department stores occupied 30% of all mall space. Fifty... Continue reading
Whether you are new to the world of eCommerce or already enjoying success, it will always pay to consider trends in business. One trend may surprise you. It is the simple fact that the "post-purchase experience" is now rising to the foreground and forcing online merchants to reconsider how they handle issues such as order fulfillment, shipping and even returns. Customers want a noticeable measure of customer service if any... Continue reading
Choosing the right 3PL partner is critical to saving your company time, money, and potential headache. Whether you are a B2B or B2C oriented company, be sure to understand what to look for when selecting a partner for your warehousing, supply chain and logistics needs. Have a clear definition of what you are looking for, your product details, and what to check off in terms of the service offering that... Continue reading
Packaging supplies play an essential role in every business that sells a physical product. Keeping your products safe and appealingly presenting them are the two core functions of custom packaging - be it primary or secondary packaging. But all too often, finding the best packaging solution is left to the last minute and an ‘adequate’ packaging solution is implemented in the form of off the shelf packaging. While these standard... Continue reading
Barcode scanning is a critical part of the overall inventory management, fulfillment and shipping process that doesn’t seem to get as much attention as other warehouse functions. Without it, warehouse operations are subject to human error, leaving receiving, inventory, fulfillment and shipping errors with a chance to flourish. But when barcode scanning technologies are implemented and used properly, warehouse staff can operate with extremely low levels of errors – which... Continue reading
Warehousing and fulfillment - two words that bring up mental images of huge structures, palletized goods, and complex shipping rules. Some large brands have the resources to tackle these processes on their own. Many small businesses, however, tend to struggle to find the warehousing and fulfillment solutions that work best for them. Recent shifts are altering that landscape further, as e-commerce selling and marketplaces grow in popularity. What was once a... Continue reading