Digital Printing: Improving Inventory Management

Posted by Jeanna Courter on Sep 13, 2013 11:35:00 AM

Digital printing has revolutionized inventory management; however in today’s marketplace, many organizations overlook the immense value this service has to offer.

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Topics: Fulfillment Services, Fulfillment Center, Fulfillment Companies, Inventory Management, Product Fulfillment Services, Print On Demand, Digital Printing, Variable Data, Personalized Printing, Direct Mail, Printing Services, order fulfillment

Going Green in the Warehouse

Posted by Jeanna Courter on Sep 6, 2013 2:22:00 PM

In an effort to minimize costs and increase social responsibility, many warehousing and fulfillment companies are looking to implement environmentally friendly practices that minimize their carbon footprint and reduce environmental pollution. Here are some eco-friendly ideas for how your warehouse can go green!

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Topics: Distribution Center, Fulfillment Center, Fulfillment Companies, Product Fulfillment Services, Green Warehouse, Digital Distribution, Environmentally Friendly

Communicating with Your Fulfillment Provider

Posted by Jeanna Courter on Aug 30, 2013 10:20:00 AM

In today’s society of emails, text messages and social media, we expect communication to be fast. We believe this instant communication is making us more efficient, but it is easy to get trapped in a circle of email chains or play phone tag, which can absorb more of our time and create delays for us meeting our goals. When managing the fulfillment needs of your organization and your customers, effectively communicating with your fulfillment provider is vital to creating a lasting customer experience and the overall success of your program. With new projects and special requests to manage, here are some tips to keep everything running smoothly and help ensure constant, open communication between you and your fulfillment partner:

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Topics: Fulfillment Services, Distribution Center, 3PL, Fulfillment Center, Third Party Logistics, Product Fulfillment Services, Fulfillment, order fulfillment

Tips for Avoiding Implementation Challenges

Posted by Jeanna Courter on Aug 21, 2013 9:50:00 AM

With football season approaching, we are all gearing up for an exciting, busy and sometimes hectic season of entertainment.  Just like we would prefer not to worry about RG3’s knee, wouldn’t it be nice not to stress about the upcoming change in your company’s fulfillment operation? 

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Topics: Fulfillment Services, Distribution Center, 3PL, Product Fulfillment, Fulfillment Center, Fulfillment Companies, Product Fulfillment Services, Implementation, order fulfillment

Retailer Compliance: Tips for Success

Posted by Jeanna Courter on Jul 26, 2013 5:41:00 PM

In today’s fast paced world, retailers demand efficiency, simplicity and accuracy at controlled costs.  The requirements to do business revolve around your ability to deliver your product to market at the lowest possible cost.  When considering establishing a relationship with a major retailer, such as Target, Walmart and Barnes and Nobles, understand that every retailer has a set of unique requirements designed to manage costs in the supply chain.  These requirements are presented through a routing guide.  Retailers want to know what they are purchasing and when it will arrive because their goal is to receive your product and turn the inventory as quickly as they can to recoup their investment in your inventory.  Packaging, labeling, notification, routing, scheduling, EDI, web portals … what do you do?  So many passwords so little time!

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Topics: Fulfillment Services, Product Fulfillment, Product Fulfillment Services, Managing Backorders, Retailer Compliance, order fulfillment

Managing Backorders & Keeping Customers Happy

Posted by Jeanna Courter on Jul 18, 2013 10:34:00 AM

Any organization that distributes products has had to wrestle with the issue of backorders at some point and whether to allow or not allow backorders to customers. With the global economy becoming more competitive every day, many organizations are willing to risk backorders and the challenges they present in order to maintain lower inventory levels and free up valuable cash flow. If you’ve ever ordered something from a website or online catalog, chances are you’ve experienced this first hand and understand the customer impact. So what are some best practices to effectively manage backorders and maintain highly satisfied customers? Below are some recommendations to consider:

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Topics: Fulfillment Services, Product Fulfillment, Third Party Logistics, Inventory Management, Product Fulfillment Services, Managing Backorders, Customer Service, Contact Center, order fulfillment

Selecting a 3PL - 4 Questions You Need to Ask

Posted by Lauren Phelps on Jul 10, 2013 4:08:00 PM

Whether you’re an in-house operation considering outsourcing your fulfillment for the first time or an organization looking to switch fulfillment providers, moving your operation is a big decision. The challenges facing organizations today are similar, but choosing a partner familiar with your unique pain points is important to ensuring your organizational needs are met. Here are four important questions to ask when selecting a Third Party Logistic Provider (3PL): 

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Topics: Fulfillment Services, Distribution Center, 3PL, Product Fulfillment, Fulfillment Center, Third Party Logistics, Fulfillment Companies, Product Fulfillment Services, order fulfillment, ecommerce distribution center, direct fulfillment

Cycle Count vs. Annual Physical Count - Which one is right for you?

Posted by Jeanna Courter on Jul 3, 2013 10:47:00 AM


If your organization maintains inventory, Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and IRS rules require you to either count your complete inventory on an annual basis or implement a perpetual counting system. So, which counting system is right for your organization? Arriving at a consensus on the method of inventory management in your distribution model is not a simple process. Below we will discuss two methods for inventory counting and how to decide which one is right for you.  

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Topics: Fulfillment Services, Distribution Center, Fulfillment Companies, Inventory Management, Product Fulfillment Services, Inventory Cycle Count, Annual Inventory Count, Physical Inventory, Perpetual Inventory

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