EcomBlvd Reviews and Ratings
EcomBlvd is a brand new matchmaking services offering price quotes for warehousing, fulfillment, logistics and marketing services. Interestingly enough, most of the website is very similar to WarehousingAndFulfillment.com (we think there’s a very good reason for this!) – keep reading to find out more why this is the case. They charge warehousing companies $30 per lead to get connected to e-commerce online merchants (just like our site does, surprise!).
In addition to charging the warehouses $30 per lead (which is all that we charge – we don’t have any other fees in order to keep make sure it’s a free service to you), they also charge the warehouses in their system from $99 to $899 per month in additional fees. These charges are to show up to a certain number of reviews (we show you all of the reviews that are placed in our system free of charge!), to provide a custom landing page (we have an online portal page for each warehouse as well, but again don’t charge them anything extra for it), to show pictures of their warehouse (we have this feature as well, but you guessed it – we don’t charge for it), and to perform “community engagements”, otherwise known as participation in the email blasts and sponsored website posts. We don’t do sponsored posts, as per search engine guidelines, and in fact we solicit, free of charge, industry insights from membership companies to provide useful information on our site.
They claim to match companies based upon Average Square Foot per Location, Employee Utilization Ratio, Order Volume Throughput & SKU Range, Warehouse Space Utilization Ratio, as well as an “IMPRESSIVE” list of other factors, including:
- Industry Accreditations
- Import Duties and Sales Taxes
- KPIs (key performance indicators)
- SLAs (service level agreements)
- Insurance Compliance
- Wholesale vs. E-commerce Volume
- Lead Times
- IT Integration
- Shipping Carriers Used
- Cross Docking Capabilities
- Inventory Accuracy
These do sound great, except…
Is EcomBlvd Really Independent and Unbiased?
EcomBlvd is co-founded by Paul Banasik, who was the marketing associate for Simple Global – you guessed it…A FULFILLMENT COMPANY.
In fact, it’s no coincidence that Simple Global used to be a client of WarehousingAndFulfillment.com’s. Don’t worry though, as we’ve been through this before. A few times in our past we’ve had former clients steal our idea, create a website that says almost exactly the same things as ours, use our pricing – we’ve even had former clients steal our very contract agreement down to the T!
EcomBlvd is also co-founded by Darius Banasik, who was also a co-founder and CEO with Simple Global.
You can read Simple Global’s review that we conducted here to get more of a full picture and the quality of their organization that they started and left. This doesn’t mean that they will necessarily refer you to Simple Global, but care should be taken in terms of who their “trusted network” is comprised of, and the quality of work that their executives were a part of previously. For example, are they sending you to companies that just started within the last year and are run by people that recently came from Simple Global? Do they sell your data to companies that aren’t fulfillment providers so they can earn extra revenue? Or are they sending you to stable, truly vetted fulfillment companies that have a proven track record of performing fulfillment services well for companies?
Top Notch Companies Tell You Who They Are and Provide Contact Info and Validation You Can Verify
If you visit EcomBlvd’s website, you’ll see that they don’t:
- Provide contact information that is verifiable (Phone, Email, Etc)
- List any names of employees
- Provide any valid references
The Final Verdict on EcomBlvd
Okay, so it never makes you feel good when a customer takes your exact model and starts a competing business, but at the end of the day it’s okay. We’re okay competing with EcomBlvd…here’s why: at WarehousingAndFulfillment.com:
- We aren’t a fulfillment company, nor are we associated with any fulfillment company – we’re truly unbiased.
- We came up with the idea ourselves back in 2005! And we came up with the pricing and wording…actually come to think of it we feel pretty good that they would think our ideas are so great as to copy them!
- We truly care about helping you find a fulfillment center to call home.
- We aren’t sending you to companies that we own/previously owned, operated, companies that former co-workers started, nor are we sending you to companies that provide us with any “kickbacks”.
And we encourage you to check them out – see if they are really everything that they claim. But use extreme caution, as we do care about your business and wish that you truly get matched by companies that don’t have skin in the game, as this is a huge pitfall. Best of luck to you all and let us know if we can help you in any way!