E-tailers are Scrambling for more Warehouse Solutions – Are You Among them?

In addition to struggling with issues related to logistics management expertise and software, many ecommerce businesses are stymied by the physical limitations of their facilities – so much so that the demand for major warehouse improvements is on the rise.
    
A recent survey from Zebra Technologies Corp, which polled 1,400 warehouse IT and operations management professionals, indicated that the worldwide demand for warehouse space and inventory management solutions is increasing. According to the study, 48% of participants said that they are currently working to increase their number of warehouses - while 76% plan to increase warehouses by the year 2020. Other interesting takeaways from the survey include:

Another study from CRBE also found an increasing demand for warehouse space, mostly due to a desire to improve reverse logistics efficiency.

In ecommerce, the sale often goes to whoever has faster, cheaper, and easier shipping options – and improving your distribution network through size and efficiency is a solid strategy for maintaining a competitive edge. If you haven’t done like the respondents to Zebra Tech’s survey and imagined what your warehouse needs will be in 5 years, you may get left behind. If you’re not sure where to start or what factors to consider, we’re always happy to help.

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Fulfillment Costs Explained: Part 1

Order fulfillment is a large and complex part of the ecommerce industry. As such, managing it can take a lot of time and resources. But by outsourcing the process, you’ll be able to focus better on running your business. As you look for a third-party fulfillment partner, you’ll probably notice that this convenience can come with multiple types of fees. Everyone’s pricing structure is different. That said, here is a list of common fees you’re likely to encounter when looking for a fulfillment partner. More...

The Advantages of “Pick, Pack, and Ship”

When it comes to managing the logistics of their business, most ecommerce companies seek out a pick, pack and ship solution. Pick, pack, ship is a warehousing service where warehouse staff completes orders by picking items from inventory, packing them, then shipping them off to the customer. It also helps ecommerce businesses large and small save money. More...