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  • 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 explain why there is a delay in the order. Suppose that order finally comes in, and you ship it to the […]

  • 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 without understanding what it is, why it is helpful, and what it should look like once they have it. Then again, shippers have always wanted more […]

  • 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 companies were planning to return to insourcing some of their logistics activities, and 35% of 3PL respondents had observed that some of their customers were insourcing certain logistics activities. But this happens […]

  • 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 your business operating without interruption.   You see, in the past, when inventory ran out, companies would simply issue a back order to the customer while they […]

  • 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 selling their goods across multiple channels, including eCommerce platforms, mobile apps, brick-and-mortar stores/POS systems, and direct to consumer (DTC). This does create many opportunities. For example, more companies […]

  • 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. One factor that is constantly changing is the way carriers such as FedEx and UPS calculate dimensional weight. Dimensional weight determines the amount that businesses are charged […]

  • 4 Ways to Drive Freight Savings

    • Increased competition makes little things count. If you have competitors from all over the world, you need to find ways to keep prices low even as you efficiently deliver your products. This is especially true when it comes to warehousing, shipping, and fulfillment. To illustrate this, let’s take a look at something basic: Freight costs. Many companies assume that their […]

  • Getting the Most Out of Your Holiday Post-Mortem

    • The holiday shopping season has come and gone, and now is the time of year when merchants of every stripe take a hard look at their reports and processes, vowing to make improvements in the coming year. Previously, we suggested that taking careful notes during the busy season was critical for the kind of forward-looking plans that retailers want to […]

  • Our 2017 Predictions: 4 Silly, 4 Serious

    • Still dealing with the tail-end of the holiday rush? Take a break to reflect with us on what 2016 brought…and what the future will hold. Predictions are tricky, of course. They take not only a knowledge of the industry and a keen sense for trends, but a dash of imagination as well. So we started our future-gazing exercise by asking […]

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