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Kitting 101: What Retailers Need to Know, and How to Find a 3PL to Do It

One of the secret weapons that a 3PL, and thus a retailer using a 3PL, has at its disposal is the ability to put items together in kits. The process of doing so is called “kitting,” and it is usually...

Should Your Vendors Be Specialists, or Comprehensive Providers? Why You Might Be Promised Too Much

There is a lot of blurring of traditional lines of business these days. Web designers are advertising content, SEO, and more; tech companies are selling themselves as eCommerce experts; marketing...

Outsourcing to a 3PL, Scalability, and the “Goldilocks” Problem

Can a business be too big to outsource to a 3PL? Or too small? Technically, yes. This is what you might call the “Goldilocks” problem: A lot of organizations don’t even consider using a 3PL because...

Doing Business with FDA-Regulated Products

Do you sell, or plan on selling, products that are regulated by the FDA? If you sell anything meant to be consumed internally by a person or a pet, then the answer is probably “yes.” The FDA...

How to Creatively Avoid Backorders if You Sell Online

Let me just say it: Backorders really are the bane of eCommerce.

Here’s why. Suppose a customer orders an item, and you happen to be out of the item. It is on back order. Now you might have to...

How 3PLs Are Helping Provide Visibility for Shippers

Here’s a little dose of honesty for you: Visibility is a good thing. But like so many other positive trends in business, the term has become overused. People are now asking for greater visibility...

5 Myths About 3PLs Exposed

Every year, a significant number of organizations plan to move their logistics and fulfillment operations in-house. One study of this phenomenon found that, on average, 35% of outsourcing...

The Secret to Managing Inventory is Never Running Out

Being out of stock is one of the worst positions to be in, from an inventory management perspective. Anticipating this situation when stock is low, and then triggering the right actions, helps keeps...

How Do You Manage Inventory When Multiple Channels Are Involved?

If you are selling across multiple channels, managing inventory and shipping can be a real challenge—unless your 3PL partner has invested in the right kind of technology.

More and more, merchants are...

DIM Weight: Updates, Surprises, and Tips

Because shipping and logistics are a core competency at Materialogic, we keep abreast of industry changes that might affect how and when people ship items, including how much they are likely to pay....