APS Fulfillment, Inc. (www.APSFulfillment.com), one of the nation’s leading cost-effective fulfillment and integrated direct mail marketing companies, comments on higher than expected 2016 U.S. retail sales forecast, due, in part, to stronger online sales.

According to one trade group, 2016 U.S. retail sales are going to be stronger than expected. The National Retail Federation said it expects retail sales to advance 3.4% in 2016 thanks in part to a stronger than expected start to the year and stronger online sales as the economy improves. (Source: Reynolds, T. “National Retail Federation Upgrades 2016 Economic Forecast,” nrf.com article, July 26, 2016; https://nrf.com/media/press-releases/national-retail-federation-upgrades-2016-economic-forecast.)

“At 3.4%, the 2016 U.S. retail sales is up slightly from the trade group’s initial forecast of 3.1%. This puts 2016’s retail growth in line with last year’s,” says Charles Aultman, president of APS Fulfillment, Inc. “The biggest growth segment though will come from online, with sales projected to increase between 7% and 10% in 2016. This is slightly better than previous expected as consumers are increasingly turning to e-commerce.”

Aultman explains that with consumer confidence levels high, retailers will need to ensure their warehousing and fulfillment needs are capable of exceeding their customer’s expectations, especially as it gets closer to the holiday season. Outsourcing warehousing and fulfillment services helps brands big or small, increase accuracy, reduce costs and operational overhead, and provides access to better delivery models.

Located in Southern Florida, APS Fulfillment. Inc. provides businesses that outsource their logistics needs with many competitive advantages. APS Fulfillment is close to all major transportation hubs. It’s just minutes from Interstate 95, 20 minutes from the Port Everglades and the Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and 30 minutes from the Port of Miami. Because of its strategic location, retailers that use APS Fulfillment, Inc. can have their products received, inventoried, and shipped in just two days.

“APS Fulfillment also uses state-of-the-art inventory technology, and real-time-shipping solutions that receives orders as soon as they’re placed. This prevents backlogs and ensures orders are shipped as soon as possible,” Aultman concludes. “It allows APS Fulfillment, Inc. to keep up with seasonal demand.”

For more information on APS visit the company’s web site at www.APSFulfillment.com.

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.