Warehousing and Distribution

This upcoming holiday season, shippers will be paying even more for deliveries made by UPS.  During selected weeks in November and December, UPS will be introducing their new peak shipping charges.  These charges, which will be published on September 1, 2017, apply mostly to U.S...

Running a subscription box company comes with a lot of important decisions.   Figuring out your market and how to grow it are two obvious ones. Another decision that is every bit as important, but less black and white, is knowing when you should consider outsourcing order fulfillment. As...

It’s not surprising to say that packing materials are necessary to keep items from getting damaged when shipping – but they need to look good to. Unfortunately, they can quickly become a big expense for a subscription box company. Here are five ways that you...

Shipping is a big expense for every subscription box company and is especially important to think about as you are first starting out. However, even established subscription box companies can benefit from evaluating their own shipping patterns and requirements on a regular basis. It’s a key...

Aside from the obvious expense of purchasing inventory in the first place, failing to properly manage it can lead to shortages for customers, costly overages for product that sits unsold, and consume capital resources.  Proper inventory management ensures your subscription box company is operating efficiently,...

Part of the allure of receiving a subscription box is the packaging.   Great looking packaging drives your brand’s image, as well as increases the chances that the subscriber will be happy with their subscription, and continue to subscribe. 1.       Design The design and style of your packaging...

Picking is the process of pulling inventory from one or more locations to be included in an order, and packing is the gathering of these items to be placed in packages to be shipped to the customer.  An efficient pick and pack process means your...

Ready or not, the holiday season is officially here.  Holiday fulfillment can present a whole range of logistics challenges if you are not prepared.  Most business to consumer retailers experience a huge surge in sales during this time of year.  This is the time of year...

For every retailer and manufacturer, small parcel shipping can account for a large expense. And shipping services won’t be getting any cheaper.  Last month, FedEx announced its GRI effective January 2, 2017, which includes a 3.9% increase in shipping rates for U.S. domestic, export, and import...