Category Archives: Warehousing and Fulfillment Resources

Information about warehousing and fulfillment for those new to warehousing and fulfillment.

Many medical and health care products are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other agencies. Both business owners and warehouse companies need to understand how to handle, store, pack, ship, and track medical and health care products using procedures that comply with government standards. How do you determine whether or not these regulations apply to you? Below are some common examples to guide you through this complex... Continue reading
For an increasing number of small business and startup owners, the challenge with running a profitable company is not necessarily branding or drumming up interest in products. Instead, it’s getting the products to the customers who purchase them. This is part and parcel of the global economy fostered by the rise of the Internet, and is one reason that Amazon Prime (powered by FBA) has become such a juggernaut. However,... Continue reading
In August, we conducted our annual warehouse costs and pricing survey. This year, we had more participation that ever, and we’d like to thank everyone that took the time to fill out the confidential survey. Before we launch into the results, it’s important to point out some of our assumptions. First, we did not record which answer was associated with a particular warehouse. This was done to allow vendors to... Continue reading
Fulfillment pricing has historically consisted of a summary of all of the services that the warehouse performs for the month, broken out into a long invoice with descriptions of each of the fees. The list of fees can be extremely long – set up fees, administrative fees, minimum fees, receiving fees, storage fees, pick and pack fees, integration fees, returns fees, among many other potentials. In this blog post, we’re... Continue reading
It does not matter if you are a high-volume seller or have just a few dozen weekly sales from your eBay activities, eBay is a fantastic sales channel and essential to your overall ecommerce success. Though the site offers sellers a number of tools that help to ensure success, where fulfillment is concerned, there are some further steps that will help you to grow your business. While some companies choose... Continue reading
Ask experts like Entrepreneur Magazine, and you might think that fulfillment services do nothing more than handle "the process of receiving, packaging and shipping orders for goods". Yet, fulfillment services are much broader than that. In this article, we are going to look at the ways that modern fulfillment services have branched out, and in some instances, how they transitioned entirely from another form of business into a fulfillment service.... Continue reading
As an online seller (or someone beginning a business focusing on online sales), you have a lot on your plate. It could be the main reason behind the decision to make a fast switch and outsource your order fulfillment. While it means handing over control to another business, it also means sparing you added costs and hassles (such as staff, warehousing expenses and more). Unfortunately, it can also mean that... Continue reading
We’re at a turning point in the history of distribution—think advances like sci-fi-esque drone delivery. Getting to this point took not only great infrastructure, but also some pretty big technological advances. Plus, it took us a while to get here in the first place. In a previous article, we explored what the future of distribution has to offer. However, the future of distribution for us, in developed nations, is different... Continue reading
  No doubt you've seen plenty of analysis in the business world about real-time technologies and how it's bringing more immediate results to companies. Whether it's real-time metrics, marketing, or communications – bringing more immediacy to customers and business associates helps companies make smarter decisions for the future in our fast-paced world. Similarly, real-time information is critical in your supply chain as well. At the heart of your warehousing and... Continue reading
Many businesses struggle with the idea of outsourcing to a fulfillment center or 3PL warehouse to help save time and money. While many businesses find benefits to this option it is not for everyone. We will outline some reasons why this is not always the best solution, and give you some guidance on how to manage your own fulfillment better. We will also provide a couple of reviews for some... Continue reading