Shipping costs are going up every year, as I’m sure you’re painfully aware. As fuel, labor, and overhead increase, so must the rates from top carriers like FedEx, UPS, and the post office. Fortunately, there are more ways than ever to reduce your postage costs, such as hybrid shipping services.
What is hybrid shipping? It’s kind of like a hybrid car: you have a gas engine and an electric motor in the same vehicle, and the vehicle will switch to the right motor for the job. Hybrid shipping services hand off a package from one carrier to another, usually from a private parcel service to a local postal service for delivery.
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The face of e-commerce is changing every year. Gone are the days of customers going straight to their favorite website, picking out what they want, and checking out without hesitation. With marketplaces and niches getting more competitive, online shoppers now have a dizzying amount of places to buy from. Getting your brand in front of these buyers is the way to get sales. This is why multichannel listings are going to be the new standard in 2016.
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Shipping is the final frontier when it comes to customer experience and satisfaction. Adopting new shipping methods and strategies can get orders to your shoppers faster while saving you money. Meanwhile, sticking to your old shipping routine might end up costing more than you think. Stay ahead of the curve by keeping a close eye on these shipping trends in 2016.
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Every year, the U.S. Postal Service changes rates on some of their services. However, the rate increases that are taking effect next month will have the biggest impact on shipping costs that we’ve seen in years. To make sure your e-commerce business survives this postage cost hike, you’ll need to make sure you understand what’s changing and how your business will address it.
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If your product inventory is split up between multiple warehouses, you know how complicated and frustrating multi-location inventory management can be. Running out of stock in a warehouse can ruin your order fulfillment workflow. Stock and sales counts can fall out of sync too easily. You just don’t have the time to keep up with counting your stock for all of the warehouses they’re kept in.
Fortunately, there are some simple ways to make your inventory management workflow go more smoothly when dealing with multiple warehouses. These adjustments can reduce the time spent counting stock, reduce out-of-stock and out-of-sync occurrences, and streamline the transfer of your inventory through your supply chain.
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