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The Cost of Picking Mistakes for Small Businesses

A survey of 300 supply-chain and distribution managers across the United States found that distribution centers are losing an average of nearly $585,000 per year due to mis-picks. Although it may not seem like a big problem, the cost of picking mistakes includes the cost of the incorrect item, the cost of shipping and the…

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Why Fast-Growing, Online Businesses Need Inventory Management Solutions

Entrepreneur contributor Allen Moon recently wrote an article discussing proven steps to follow when starting a small business online. His steps include: Find a need and fill it. Write copy that sells. Design and build an easy-to-use website. Use search engines to drive traffic to your site. Establish an expert reputation for yourself. Follow up…

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3PLs Reflect: What Did and Did Not Work during the Holiday Season

3PLs (Third Party Logistics) are setting up meetings right now with experts in dynamic warehousing and distribution environments. Some processes were very successful during the 2018 holiday season, some were not. Companies across many industries leverage our value-added contract distribution solutions to control costs and improve efficiency: more 3PLs are turning to the experts at…

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3PLs: The Doctors of Warehouse and Fulfillment Services

When considering two different medical procedures, patients ask a physician to identify the pros and cons of each option. 3PLs (Third Party Logistics) are expert “doctors” in warehouse and fulfillment services. 3PLs are living the pros and cons of fulfillment services every day for online and omnichannel customers. 3PL executives are specialists, and experts who…

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Small eCommerce Companies Must Have Perfect Picking

A survey of 300 supply chain and distribution managers across the United States found distribution centers are losing an average of nearly $585,000 per year due to mis-picks. The cost of a picking mistake includes the cost of the item and the expenses associated with shipping the item back, processing it upon receipt, returning it…

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Small eCommerce Companies: Dealing with Variable Shipping Costs

Let’s be honest, Amazon is a logistics shipping company. On some level all eCommerce companies, big or small, are logistics shipping companies. Companies find themselves in a balancing act between profitability and satisfying customers, when deciding which shipping carrier to use and shipping costs. Small eCommerce companies must decide quickly whether to use the postal…

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Small eCommerce Companies: Compete with Personalized Customer Service

With more than half of all sales now occurring online, there continues to be a migration away from merely a price focus and towards a customized and personalized customer experience. This trend will continue to grow over the next three years. An American Express survey revealed that 78 percent of consumers have bailed on an…

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WarehouseOS® Apps: Receiving App

Receiving operations involve the transfer of ownership of goods, which includes financial responsibility. Ensuring accurate documentation will validate correct product receipt and ensures that smooth and efficient products will be made available to the customer as soon as possible. An accurate reporting of what is received has a direct effect on the accounting and payout…

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Warehouse OS® Apps: Putaway App

eCommerce companies that have a two-step process at receiving require an efficient putaway process. For many companies this involves receiving product at a dock location, then putting it away in the warehouse. The Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) noted that in a busy warehouse, product putaway tends to fall behind other tasks such as…

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WMS vs. WCS or… WOS®

For the past decade there is some confusion when to apply a WMS (warehouse management system) software solution, versus a WCS (warehouse control system) which directs real-time data management and interface responsibilities of the material handling system, as well as provides common user interface screens for monitoring, control, and diagnostics. There is a place for…

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