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APS Fulfillment, Inc. Moves to New, Larger Warehouse in South Florida

APS Fulfillment, Inc. is pleased to announce it has moved locations and significantly expanded its network of operations in South Florida. The company’s new warehouse will enable employees to process, pick, pack, and ship parcels of every size, around the world, quickly, efficiently, and accurately.

The new warehouse is located at:
3920 Pembroke Road
Hollywood, Florida 33021

The APS Fulfillment phone number remains the same at (954) 582-7450.

An Investment in the Future

We are proud to say that APS Fulfillment, Inc. is a victim of its own success. A rapid increase in its warehousing volume, precipitated the move to a larger, more suitable, modern warehouse. In fact, APS Fulfillment’s landlord is also the landlord for one of the world’s largest, multinational Internet technology companies.

This experience has allowed APS Fulfillment to not just increase its warehousing space and capabilities, but also allowed the warehouse to be furnished to our exact specifications. This includes a tripling of the number of receiving and shipping bay doors, which allows APS to ship and receive more containers each and every day.

The investment in the new logistics facility in Pembroke Park will create jobs and enhance the company’s day-to-day capabilities. It will also feature state-of-the-art equipment, including enhanced scanning capabilities and mobile locational units for APS Fulfillment’s expanding client roster.

Over the years, APS Fulfillment, Inc. has invested heavily in state-of-the-art warehouse management software that allows businesses to connect to their e-commerce store and automate the warehousing, prep, pick, and pack, shipping, and warehousing of their products.

Fast and Efficient Shipping

Located just minutes from North Miami in a prominent industrial park, APS Fulfillment’s new warehouse is centrally located to all major transportation hubs, including PortMiami, Port Everglades, the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Miami International Airport. This enviable location means decreased transit times and costs for customers shipments that come into its facility.

With APS Fulfillment, 95% of all orders received before 1:00 p.m. get shipped out the same day and are guaranteed within 24 hours. In addition to same-day and two-day shipping, APS also provides a variety of other options, including ground, media mail, priority mail etc.

APS Fulfillment, Inc. for All Your Warehousing & Fulfillment Needs

At APS Fulfillment, Inc., it doesn’t matter how big or small your business is. There are no monthly order minimums and no limits on the products weight, size, or shape.

If your business is looking to maximize its fulfillment offerings in North America, contact APS Fulfillment today. As one of the leading cost-effective fulfillment companies in the United States, APS offers affordable, real-time fulfillment services to small-, medium-, and large-sized companies.

For more information about APS Fulfillment, Inc. or to learn more about their turnkey, state-of-the-art technology that provides fast, flexible, precise, and cost-effective solutions for clients, contact us  by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (954) 582-7450 to request a quote.

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How to Ship Fragile Items

When you walk into a traditional brick and mortar store you often see a sign warning that their products are, “Nice to touch, nice to hold, if you break, it is sold!” Times have changed. In the world of e-commerce, if a customer receives a damaged item, it’s now your fault.

And that kind of expense can add up.

That’s why it’s so important for e-commerce stores that outsource order fulfillment to ensure they actually know how to ship fragile items.

 

What Are Fragile Items?

When it comes to fragile items, most people think about products that can break easily—items made out of glass, ceramic, crystal, porcelain, etc. And these products certainly require extra attention and special handling.

But the definition of fragile is a little broader than that.

You can order virtually everything online, from mattresses, to furniture, exercise equipment, electronics, artwork, books, ceramics, glassware, and antiques. And the fact is, almost any product can get damaged in transit. Even so-called items that are not fragile can get scratched, torn, or chipped it they are not packed and shipped correctly.

E-Commerce Stores Need to Be Careful when Shipping Fragile Items

Having to a replace a fragile product that gets damaged in transit is expensive. You are left with an unhappy customer, you have to replace the item, you have to pay for more packing material, and you have to pay for shipping costs. If you want to inspect the item, you’ll need to pay for that return label as well.

If your shipping policy states that the customer has to pay for the return, get ready for an angry phone call and a bad review. Not only did their fragile item get damaged, but they have to go out of their way to go to the shipping store and pay the shipping cost.

Unhappy customers are not always willing to wait for a new product. If it’s a one-of-a-kind item, you won’t be able to replace the broken product. Some customers will want a refund and probably won’t visit your e-commerce store again. That means you lost the sale from that customer and you might lose out on any future sales from them.

Best Practices for Shipping Fragile Items

It’s imperative that the fulfillment company you use understands how to properly ship your fragile e-commerce items. They work for you, so don’t be afraid to ask them any questions you have. After all, it’s your reputation that’s at stake.

Choose the Right Box

Make sure the cardboard box is thick enough to protect your fragile items. Even if the item is light, a heavy box can provide an extra layer of protection. The cardboard box itself also needs to be the right size—just slightly larger than the fragile item you’re shipping. If the box is too big, the fragile piece could move around inside the box during shipping.

Choose the Right Infill

Infill is the material that fulfillment companies put inside the box to protect your fragile item during shipping. The more fragile the item is, the more infill you’ll need.

Some of the most common infill is shredded cardboard or kraft paper, but it might not provide enough protection for your fragile items. Especially if they are heavy. Air pockets are a great way to prevent items from moving and against impact.

If it’s a valuable breakable, molded infill that fits around the product tightly, like cardboard, Styrofoam, and plastic is an excellent alternative.

Seal the Box Securely

Having a heavy box and the right infill is a great start, but you also need to use sturdy packing tape to seal up the box. The last thing you want is for the fragile item to fall out of the box in transit.

Label the Box “Fragile”

Every shipping company has labeling guidelines. Ask that the order fulfillment company put “fragile” sticks on more than one side of the box. If it needs to be kept in an upright position, use a “This way up” label with an arrow.

Contact APS Fulfillment, Inc. for All Your Fragile Shipping Needs

If you’re e-commerce store sells breakable items, contact the fragile shipping experts at APS Fulfillment, Inc. We pack hundreds of orders every day and can help ensure your fragile products are warehoused, packed, and shipped safely and securely.

APS Fulfillment, Inc. is one of the leading cost-effective fulfillment companies in the United States and Canada, offering affordable and real-time fulfillment services to small, medium, and large companies.

For more information on how APS Fulfillment, Inc. can take care of your fulfillment needs, contact us by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (954) 582-7450 to request a quote.

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Contactless Order Fulfillment in 2020: The New Normal

The COVID-19 pandemic took everyone by surprise. Businesses were forced to close, and people were unable to shop and go about their business as usual. But even as many governments around the world have begun to reopen businesses and resume services, things still are not the way they used to be. The pandemic has reshaped the retail world and more consumers have started shopping online to get the products they need. If you operate an e-commerce business, here’s why contactless order fulfillment is the new normal for 2020 and onward.

Growing Demand for Contactless Order Fulfillment

The pandemic has accelerated a shift away from shopping in physical brick-and-mortar stores to shopping online. Department stores have seen significant declines and many smaller shops have had to shut down indefinitely. In fact, in the first quarter of this year, department store sales and other non-essential retailers noticed a decline of 25%. In the second quarter, this increased to a 75% decline.

It’s not all doom and gloom for small- and medium-sized business, however. E-commerce is projected to grow by nearly 20% this year, according to reports.

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Why Retailers Need More Fulfillment Space to Fill Orders During and After the Pandemic

ecommerce fulfillment servicesThe United States has been one of the hardest hit countries around the world when it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic. Social and physical distancing guidelines encourage more and more people to stay home as much as possible and only go out to do essential errands. That means more and more people are placing online orders. As a result, business owners have been forced to rethink and reformulate their existing product fulfillment and distribution strategies to better meet the growing consumer demands.

To avoid having to deal with various physical distancing and mask-wearing guidelines or store regulations, more people are ordering their products online from the comfort of their own homes.

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Nine Common Challenges in e-Commerce Order Fulfillment

Challenges in e-Commerce Order Fulfillment

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No matter the size of your business, order fulfillment issues are a common encounter in e-commerce. Errors can occur during the warehousing, packaging, shipping, and delivery process, and each of these aspects can have their own set of complications and stresses. If you want to ensure your business runs smoothly and successfully, here are some important facts about the most common e-commerce fulfillment challenges, and how you can resolve them.

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B2B Fulfillment vs. B2C Fulfillment: What’s the Difference?

B2B Fulfillment vs. B2C FulfillmentThe differences between business to business (B2B) and business to consumer (B2C) may seem confusing and complicated if you are new to either industry. There are many clear differences between these two operations, and each works in a unique way to help businesses succeed. Here’s what you need to know about each process and what makes them so different.

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How to Choose a Fulfillment Company When You Have a High SKU Count

How to Choose a Fulfillment Company When You Have a High SKU CountWhen fulfillment companies bring in new clients, they consider everything from order volume metrics, to product type, to SKU. Most fulfillment companies prefer clients with low SKU counts and high volumes, since these are the easiest to process. A high volume generates greater profits, and a low SKU count means more of the same products and as a result, easier inventory management. If you have high SKU counts, but don’t necessarily have a high volume of orders, it’s important to know what type of order fulfillment services in Florida can help. But first, here are the basics.

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Important Factors for a Successful e-Commerce Order Fulfillment Process

If you want a successful order fulfillment process in e-commerce, you need to make sure you’re getting the right products to the right customers at the right time. Although the final version of your e-commerce order fulfillment process may vary, there are key steps in the order fulfillment process that will help you ensure that you have an efficient system for your business. Keep on reading to find out what they are!

Key Factors of a Successful e-Commerce Order Fulfillment Process

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Top Order Fulfillment Strategies for e-Commerce Businesses

Explaining Order Fulfillment Strategies for e-Commerce BusinessesA fulfillment strategy for e-commerce refers to business strategies that get online product orders to the customers who ordered them. If steady growth in your business has been testing your ability to fill these orders and deliver them on time, it’s time to update your fulfillment strategy. Thanks to ever-evolving technology, there are many options at your disposal. All you need to do is choose the right strategy, and carefully put it into action. This can be done with the help of an e-commerce 3PL (third-party logistics) partner. Here’s what you need to know about the e-commerce fulfillment models available to you and how you can choose which is the best for you.

Self-Fulfillment, 3PL, or Dropshipping?

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How to Protect Your Online Business from e-Commerce Return Fraud

e-commerce order fulfillment E-commerce frauds happen when a customer receives a financial gain from the returns process by taking advantage of the business. This results in a loss of profits and inventory from the business. There are different types of e-commerce fraud and some consumers will try the same tactics online as they would in-store. Other types of fraud can only be done online. If you are operating an e-commerce business, it is important to be aware of instances of return fraud to protect yourself from loss of inventory and profit. Here is what you need to know about returns fraud and how you can protect your business.

Types of e-Commerce Returns Fraud

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