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The Importance of Scalability in ECommerce Order Fulfillment

Nov 29, 2018 / by Weber Logistics posted in eCommerce Fulfillment, 3PL Outsourcing, Third Party Logistics, 3PL, Southern California Ports, west coast warehouses, West Coast Distribution, Multi Channel Fulfillment, Pick and Pack

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Growing from 100 orders per month to 15,000 per month.  For most companies, that’s a dream come true.  But if you have the wrong solution in place for eCommerce order fulfillment, that’s a dream that may never materialize.  Here at Weber, this type of quick growth spurt can, and has, happened with eCommerce order fulfillment clients.  The only way to handle it is to have an operation that can seamlessly scale to meet the uptick in demand. 

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eCommerce Fulfillment Services: Thinking Outside the (Amazon) Box

Jul 12, 2018 / by David Hooper posted in eCommerce Fulfillment, Fulfillment B2C

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Just as Scotch is to transparent tape and Kleenex is to tissue paper, Amazon is synonymous with eCommerce.  If you’re selling products online, chances are a sizeable portion of your efforts take place on Amazon’s site with its 197 million users per month. 

But, just because Amazon’s marketplace is where you want your products to be, doesn’t mean that Amazon’s fulfillment service (Fulfillment By Amazon – FBA) is the best method for you to store your products and ship them after sale on Amazon or anywhere else.  There are many third-party logistics (3PL) providers that, although smaller than FBA, are just as adept at handling your eCommerce fulfillment services.

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Why Utilizing a 3PL is Cost Effective

Sep 29, 2016 / by Brad Dixon posted in eCommerce Fulfillment, 3PL Outsourcing, Direct to Consumer

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In today’s growing e-commerce world, online businesses are in a position to optimize their operations that will fuel growth, because they are able to focus on a single product-to-consumer distribution channel.  Many of the technical aspects of e-commerce business such as social marketing, website design and content management continue to be executed by in-house staff. These functions are crucial and have to be in house as they are the foundation of growing startups and online business. But when it comes to the operational and logistics aspect of the business, adding on an outside partner that has the knowledge and expertise to optimize your supply chain could provide great value.

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Outsourcing B2B and B2C Fulfillment to Reduce Costs and Complexity

Jul 23, 2015 / by Connie Anderson posted in Logistics Technology, eCommerce Fulfillment, Multi Channel Fulfillment

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Online shopping continues to grow at exponential rates. As the volume of online sales rises, many companies continue to struggle with managing the distinct fulfillment differences between B2B and B2C channels. The trick is adapting processes to handle picking and packing of individual items for eCommerce fulfillment.

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How a 3PL Provider Can Help Reduce Order Turnaround Time

Apr 16, 2015 / by Connie Anderson posted in West Coast Distribution, Third Party Logistics, 3PL, eCommerce Fulfillment

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“I want it and I want it now!” the mantra of consumers. Companies are doing everything they can to compete with one another in order turnaround time.

Amazon was one of the first to enter this realm with Prime 2 day shipping. Many big box retailers have jumped in the game of quick turnaround time for orders. They allow consumers the opportunity to order online and deliver to home or to store for pick up in days or even hours.

One week delivery simply does not cut it anymore. Partnering with a 3PL can help you deliver your product the quickest way possible. 

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VIDEO: Integrate B2B and B2C Distribution to Reduce Cost, Complexity

Nov 25, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in eCommerce Fulfillment, Multi Channel Fulfillment, Logistics Technology

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As the volume of online sales rises, many companies continue to struggle with managing the distinct fulfillment differences between B2B and B2C channels.  The trick is adapting processes to handle picking and packing of individual items for eCommerce fulfillment.

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Multi-Channel Fulfillment: Key Considerations

Mar 11, 2014 / by Connie Anderson posted in 3PL, eCommerce Fulfillment, Pick and Pack

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E-Commerce sales continue to exceed expectations and companies are struggling to adapt their existing distribution infrastructure to service multiple channels. Some larger companies are investing big dollars into large, automated warehouses for eFulfillment.  Despite the fact that just 5.5% of current retail sales are online, these companies are investing now to achieve market share gains in the future, as online becomes the dominant channel. 

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eCommerce Fulfillment Driving Commercial Warehouse Development

Dec 4, 2013 / by Jing Zeng posted in 3PL, eCommerce Fulfillment, Fulfillment B2C

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According to the Fall 2013 “Big Box Velocity Index” from Jones Lang LaSalle, even though just 5.5% of current retail sales are online, fully 12% of the U.S. requirements for warehouse space are eCommerce related.  The reason?  eCommerce fulfillment is increasingly moving to a one-day and same-day delivery model.  So companies, like Amazon, have to increase the number of distribution centers to get physically closer customers. 

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Multi Channel Fulfillment From One DC: Check out New Video

Mar 18, 2013 / by Connie Anderson posted in Logistics Management, eCommerce Fulfillment, Multi Channel Fulfillment

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eCommerce sales in Q4 2012 broke another record.  For the year, online sales grew 15.8%, while retail trade in general grew only 5%.  When it comes to retail sales, “clicks are definitely gaining on bricks” and making efficient multi channel fulfillment a priority. 

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Distribution Centers in the Inland Empire: Space hard to find, but more development is predicted

Mar 6, 2013 / by Connie Anderson posted in West Coast Distribution, Inland Empire Warehouse, eCommerce Fulfillment

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In a previous blog post, we discussed the Southern California warehouse market.  In this post, we want to focus on the Inland Empire region – the logistics hub of Southern California. Located about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, the region has 1.1 billion square feet of warehouse space. The traditional strength of the Inland Empire has been its access to the nation’s largest port complex in Los Angeles-Long Beach. 

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