Climate control in warehouse storage is, at its essence, all about reducing unpredictability. A warehouse is a large, open environment filled with large shelves and racks with people and goods constantly moving in and out. This naturally results in areas where temperature fluctuations will occur, such as cool spots near loading bays or hot spots where shelves can obstruct air flow. Climate control in a warehouse helps prevent these environmental discrepancies and produce consistent, controlled conditions throughout all operations.
Recent Posts by APS Fulfillment
Many businesses may be surprised to know that some fulfillment companies also offer promotional product fulfillment. This means that we provide branded promotional item fulfillment to go with whatever product you ship to your customers or even your employees.
Some fulfillment companies either have a dedicated promotional products fulfillment center or partner with a promotional products company. In either case, the expectation is that they are able to carry out the selling and shipping of promotional items equally as effectively as they would their standard fulfillment services.
E-commerce order shipping is an increasingly common business practice and has seen an ever-increasing share of retail sales in the past few years. Since it has a relatively low barrier to entry, e-commerce shipping is popular for small businesses. Those same small businesses, however, may begin to face order shipping challenges that can weaken their competitiveness if not successfully navigated. Here is a handy guide to some of the common challenges faced when using e-commerce shipping solutions as well as the best practices in e-commerce shipping needed to overcome them and thrive.
E-commerce businesses are always looking for the most effective ways to deliver their orders. Drop shipping usually comes up as a viable option because it seems to take away some of the hassle. But some of the drop shipping challenges may not be immediately evident, and when a distributor or manufacturer takes on the responsibility of delivering their products directly to the consumer, there are several factors that need to be considered.
Multichannel selling in e-commerce is simple to understand but tricky to master. In short, multichannel selling is the use of multiple venues to bring products to customers. In the old days, this meant brick-and-mortar stores plus mail order catalogs. Now, it includes online stores, public marketplaces (Amazon, eBay, etc.), shopping-comparison sites, and so on. Despite this evolution, the ultimate goal and benefit of a multichannel selling approach has remained unchanged: attracting more customers and bringing your products to people who wouldn’t otherwise be reached by conventional approaches.
It’s impossible to overstate the importance of inventory management for e-commerce businesses. Between keeping warehouses appropriately stocked, order shipping, and managing returns, there’s a lot to consider and a lot of moving parts that need to be synchronized to ensure all goes well.
Smaller and mid-sized manufacturers need to consider solutions that reduce the need for managing inventory. Two solutions that are immediately applicable for these businesses include cross docking and drop shipping. It’s up to each business to decide which works best for them.
The precise definition of cross docking is “a logistics procedure where products from a supplier or manufacturing plant are distributed directly to a customer or retail chain with marginal to no handling or storage time.”
Seems simple enough, but there are several factors to consider that make cross docking in warehousing a challenge—the first of which is distance to the customer or retailer. To lower the handling time, suppliers must be located in somewhat close proximity to those locations. What this has typically meant for businesses is that they set up warehouses in densely populated areas so they can quickly deliver on demand.
If you have a product that you sell to customers, you’re already operating in the order fulfillment industry. That means you’ll need to be able to ask and answer questions like “What is a fulfillment cost?” and know precisely all of your product fulfillment fees.
If you are a new company, it’s imperative you do not underestimate the financial significance of knowing your order fulfillment prices. The cost of shipping a package from warehouse to a customer’s doorstep can determine your profitability. For more established companies, there’s always room to grow and find ways to better manage your fulfillment services. Customer expectations have changed, especially in the e-commerce environment, and you need to keep up if you hope to remain ahead of your competition.
APS Fulfillment, Inc. (www.APSFulfillment.com), one of the nation’s leading cost-effective fulfillment and integrated direct mail marketing companies, is further expanding its diverse global footprint with the announcement of four new client wins. The new clients operate in the fitness supplement, telecommunications, personal care, and pet supplies industries. For competitive reasons, these clients have asked to remain confidential.
“We are proud to add these four businesses to our growing list of international clients,” says Charles Aultman, President of APS Fulfillment, Inc. “Our goal at APS is to help retailers, regardless of size, get their products inventoried and shipped to customers as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. We’re excited to see that this is being fulfilled, both through our expanded business relationships and new client wins.”
Aultman explains that there are many benefits to outsourcing fulfillment and warehousing services. Not only does it allow brands to concentrate more on their business, it helps streamline operations, reduce overhead, and provide flexibility. Conveniently located in South Florida, in close proximity to all major transportation hubs, APS is just minutes away from Interstate 95, 20 minutes from the Port Everglades and the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and 30 minutes from the Port of Miami.
“Thanks to our strategic location, state-of-the-art facilities, and real-time shipping, brands that outsource their fulfillment needs to APS can have their products received, inventoried, and shipped in just two days,” Aultman explains. “This ensures customers are getting what they ordered in the time promised. It also helps retailers build brand loyalty and enhances customer retention.
APS Fulfillment, Inc. is one of the United States’ leading cost-effective fulfillment and integrated direct mail marketing companies, offering affordable and real-time fulfillment services to small, medium, and large companies. Its state-of-the-art technology provides turnkey solutions for high-volume, perfect-match mailings, personalized direct mail, snap-pak mailers, postcards, and triple-tabbed booklets. More information on APS Fulfillment, Inc. is available by visiting the firm’s web site at www.APSFulfillment.com or by calling 954-582-7450.
As a business owner, you likely already know how frustrating the entire returns process can be. In e-commerce, you are likely to reach more customers than brick-and-mortar stores, but that also means that returns will be more prevalent. However, it’s a fair trade off if your e-commerce product returns management system is sound.
It may surprise you to know that a recent survey showed that an unclear return policy is at the top of the list for cart abandonment, followed by the customer simply being distracted. From the consumers’ perspective, they are taking a chance by ordering your product without having the opportunity to see it or feel it in person. If they are not confident that they can return this product if it doesn’t match their standards, then expect for that order to remain in their cart.