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How to Set Shipping Rates – Balancing Costs with Sales

We all know the satisfaction of finding a good deal online. The rush at seeing our minutes, hours, or even days of searching pay off in a discounted rate on the item we desire. And like-wise, we all know the disappointment, the sinking feeling at check-out, when we realize that the deal we worked so hard to find is offset …

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5 Operational Ideas to Improve Warehouse Productivity

These days, we’re all obsessed with efficiency, and for good reason. Efficiency can help us maximize profits, cut back on mistakes, and even improve worker morale by creating a less stressful, safer work environment. So, how can we maximize efficiency inside the warehouse? These five ideas are a great place to start. Improve Communications When a process slows, or becomes …

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Is it Time to Automate Your Freight Measuring & Weighing Process? 3 Questions to Ask

LTL, air, and parcel carriers are using automated package and pallet dimensioners to implement new dimensional weight pricing models by re-measuring and re-weighing more freight than ever before. And while the shift to DIM-weight pricing has been beneficial for carriers as it’s more reflective of their actual costs to carry goods, shippers haven’t been so lucky. Many are seeing more …

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6 Strategies to Improve Your Reverse Logistics Process

Reverse logistics is the process of planning and controlling the flow of goods from the end consumer back to the point of origin – typically the retailer, or even the original manufacturer. Having a well-thought-out, well-implemented process for handling the reverse flow of goods (returned items) is a necessity for today’s shippers. Especially, when you consider that Americans returned $351 …

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3 Solutions to Solve Your Density-Based Shipping Woes

Like their air freight and parcel carrier cousins, less-than-truckload operations are turning to density-based pricing with greater frequency. They’re caring less about what you’re shipping, and more about how much space it occupies on their trailers, which ensures that trucks leave with fuller, more profitable loads. Unfortunately, this shift has caused new headaches for shippers in the form of more …

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4 Essential Warehouse Automation Tools to Help Shippers Improve Profitability

The rapid growth of ecommerce is re-shaping the supply chain. Today, manufacturers, distribution and fulfillment centers, and transportation companies are all scrambling to keep up with rising shipment volumes and ever-shrinking delivery windows. How are they doing it? Well, in part, by investing in automated warehouse solutions designed to improve productivity, reduce waste, and increase profitability. In fact, according to …

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How to Choose a Warehouse Management System (WMS)

Warehouse management systems can increase inventory visibility, improve order fulfilment, enable automated data collection, and generally boost productivity across your operation. But, with so many options available, choosing the best system for your needs can be a challenge. So, whether you’re looking to update an old WMS, or invest in your company’s first warehouse management solution, we’ve put together a …

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3 Strategies to Help You Reduce & Refute Re-Class Fees

Like parcel and air freight carriers, LTLs are looking less at what you’re shipping and more at how big it is. Space is the name of the game, and carriers are doing everything they can to make sure they’re getting paid for the amount that’s being used on their trailers. This includes employing automated dimensioning technologies, which according to some …

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LTL vs Parcel Hundredweight – Which Service is Right for You?

Less-than-truckload shipping and parcel hundredweight services both have their advantages. This article looks at the differences between these two services to help you decide which method to choose and when. But First, What are Parcel Hundredweight® and Multiweight® Programs? Parcel Hundredweight® is a service offered by the United Parcel Service (UPS), whereby shippers can ship non-palletized, multi-package shipments to all …

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Dropshipping – Is Dropshipping Right For Your Business?

In a traditional supply chain, companies field orders and fulfill them from inventory they have in stock. This includes picking, packaging and shipping the order out to the customer. Obviously, this fulfillment method requires significant overhead. The costs to keep product on hand (inventory), store it safely (warehousing), and fulfill orders (labor, packaging and shipping) can be prohibitive for smaller …

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Automated Dimensioning – The Key to Efficient Warehouse Management?

Inaccurate measurements and transposition errors are common pitfalls when trying to measure incoming and outgoing freight by hand. And both open your Transportation Management Systems (TMS) and Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) up to bad data, which can limit their effectiveness and compromise the efficiency of your warehouse or distribution center. Automated dimensioners can eliminate these issues, supplying transportation and warehouse …

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Reduce LTL Shipping Costs: 7 Strategies to Implement

No matter how much you spend on less-than-truckload shipping, you probably feel like you could be spending less. And guess what? You probably could be. In this article, we’ll lay out seven strategies to help you reduce spending on LTL services and run a more cost-effective operation. 1) Consolidate with Other Shippers One surefire way to lower your LTL spend …