For most ecommerce retailers, one of the first steps to a successful launch is choosing the right shopping cart platform to host your store. If you’ve started this search already, you’ve likely seen a lot of options out there that may work for you. The myriad of carts out there will generally advertise the same concepts: responsive themes, fast performance, search engine optimization, etc.
Ecommerce has grown very rapidly since it was introduced in the late 90s. Year after year, online retail grows in market share and more sellers want a piece of the action. Due to the ever-increasing demand of aspiring ecommerce merchants, there are more shopping carts to choose from than ever. How can someone new to the industry know which platform is right for their needs?
Continue reading “Choosing the Right Shopping Cart Solution for Your Needs”
Postage rate increases happen every year, much to the displeasure of online retailers. Postage is a large part of the costs of doing business in the ecommerce world, so inflation of that cost is rarely welcomed. Of course, the costs are justified: fuel, salaries, and administrative overhead increase every year, as is the nature of those things. But what can you, an ecommerce retailer, due to survive the 2017 postage rate increases? Let’s take a look at the changes and what we can do about them:
Continue reading “How to Survive the 2017 Postage Rate Increases”
Smartphones are everywhere today. Over a billion Android and iOS devices are in use around the world today, and more than two out of every three Americans own a device running a mobile OS. There are obvious reasons for this mass adoption: smartphones and tablets are easy to use, and they are capable of doing a lot. Their fast, intuitive touch-based interface make even complex computing tasks easy for a wide range of people.
Smartphones also have great potential in business and commercial environments, thanks to their portability, wireless capabilities, and ease of development. It is now very common to see smartphones and tablets in point-of-sale, mobile payment, inventory and receiving, and other tasks that benefit from mobility and intuitive interfaces. But what if a smartphone or tablet could be used in order management and order fulfillment in place of a desktop?
Continue reading “Fulfilling Orders with your Smartphone”
As a wholesale distributor, you face unique challenges that other ecommerce businesses don’t. Your orders are larger, your daily shipping volume is greater, and your long-term customers are more demanding. Your wholesale inventory management solution needs to be up for the challenge. Here are some tips to turn your warehouse into a lean, mean turnaround machine:
Continue reading “5 Wholesale Inventory Management Tips for Ecommerce Distributors”
Most ecommerce businesses pick and ship their orders using the same general workflow. A warehouse manager may start by printing out paper pick lists for each order waiting to be shipped. This paper slips are then taken into the warehouse for order picking. Once each item in an order has been picked, it’s handed off to the shipping department. The shipping crew then packs and weighs the order, then prints a shipping label.
The warehouse management industry refers to this workflow as discrete order fulfillment. It’s a simple and easy to adopt way to fulfill orders of any amount. This makes it a clear choice for ecommerce businesses that are just starting out and growing. But businesses that are facing an increasing order demand need a way to speed up their order fulfillment. If this sounds like your business, batch picking and shipping may be the answer.
Continue reading “How to Speed Up Order Fulfillment with Batch Picking and Shipping”