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At Fulfillment Works, our experience across multiple industries has allowed us to gain valuable insights into the needs of our customers. We pride ourselves on delivering proven solutions for both B2C and B2B clients. This blog allows us to share best practices in logistics and ecommerce. Read on to learn tips for ecommerce sites, fulfillment solutions, and even more about Fulfillment Works. Check back often, or subscribe to our feed for the latest articles.

Which Data to Watch to Increase Business

Understanding the big data collected by your ecommerce site is important for growing your audience and sales numbers. But, the industry uses the term “big” data for a reason. Which areas should you focus on for the best ROI? In today’s industry, you need to focus on data that helps you better understand your customers and enables you to create a strategy of improvement. The following areas should do just that. More...

The Advantages of Custom Packaging

For many e-tailers, custom packaging is seen as a sub-optimal use of operating funds. To them, “custom packaging” is just another way of saying “branded packaging,” and since customers already know who is sending the package, what’s the point? In reality, custom packaging is a little more complex than that. And with the current focus on DIM shipping and logistics reevaluation, many e-tailers are learning about the benefits of customized packaging for their products. More...

Why Cheap International Shipping is Important

Nothing kills an ecommerce sale faster high shipping costs. Consumer research studies have proven time and again that, when given a choice, customers will most likely choose cost over convenience and choose a shipping option or e-tailer that offers cheaper (if slower) shipping. This is true for customers all over the world – and since international shipping tends to be more expensive than domestic shipping, it can make it difficult to start shipping your products internationally and see success. More...

There’s an Upside to Dimensional Weight Pricing

When carriers announced their switch to dimensional weight pricing, there was a near panic in the ecommerce industry, since many e-tailers were facing increased shipping costs with the change. But in the long run, there is an upside to dimensional weight pricing: the revamping of your logistics program.

If you want to successfully transfer to DIM pricing, you’ll need to upgrade your logistics operations. Though changes can be difficult in the early stages, it’s a chance to optimize operations, strengthen carrier relationships, please your customers, and become a more efficient, eco-friendly e-tailer.

For starters, to keep your shipping rates from increasing, you’ll need to reevaluate your packaging for efficiency. Where necessary, use smaller boxes and optimize your dunnage. But while doing this, don’t forget about your customers and the unboxing experience you want to give them. Opening your product is the last impression a customer has of you until their next order, so think about what personalization or package designs work best.
The switch to DIM pricing is also the perfect opportunity to evaluate your carrier contract. Can you to negotiate a higher DIM divisor, bulk discount, or other mutually beneficial arrangement? Remember, not everyone can negotiate with carriers effectively on their own – but your 3PL provider should. At Fulfillment Works, we offer the most aggressive pricing every day and we regularly, relentlessly negotiate with all our suppliers and pass the discounts on to you.

3 Tenants of Mobile App Design

A great way to expand your base of mobile customers is to develop a mobile app that enhances the experience of your online store. But of course, this is not without its challenges. Basically, there are three concepts that every successful ecommerce app boils down to. If you address each one as you build an app for your store, you’ll be well-equipped to increase your mobile sales. More...