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What You Need to Know About Retail Compliance

Jun 13, 2019 / by David Hooper posted in Third Party Logistics, Vendor Compliance, Chargebacks, 3PL Outsourcing, Logistics Compliance

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If you’re a manufacturer, supplier or any other type of company seeking to do business with big box retailers, a key word to consider is “compliance.”  Every retailer has its own distribution infrastructure – complete with its own processes and procedures that allow products to flow through to stores in the most efficient manner possible.  They expect vendors to adhere to these processes and procedures. In this article, we’ll examine the most important aspects of retail compliance so that you can enjoy successful, long-lasting relationships with your retail partners.

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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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Can One Warehouse Store Different Temperature-Sensitive Products?

Dec 14, 2017 / by David Hooper

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Storing different temperature-sensitive products together is a little like running a pet store.  While they may have very different care requirements, a lizard, a puppy, and a goldfish can all co-exist safely under the same pet shop roof provided their individual needs are met. 

The same holds true in the warehouse, as products with totally different – and often opposite – requirements can be stored together safely as long as appropriate measures are taken. 

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Can Your 3PL Meet Walmart On Time In Full Requirements?

Aug 9, 2017 / by David Hooper posted in Vendor Compliance

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Walmart’s relationship with its suppliers has made headlines recently as the retail giant implements its new On Time In Full (OTIF) policy that will dole out fines for late, early, and incorrect deliveries. 

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Handling your Supply Chain this Holiday Season

Dec 2, 2016 / by David Hooper posted in Peak Season Shipping

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the holiday season are critical periods for many companies. For both brick-and-mortar retailers and online merchants, the holidays may be the year's peak sales period, representing in excess of 50% of their annual business. With so much on the line, it is critical to be prepared.

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A Partnership Approach to 3PL Logistics

Aug 2, 2016 / by David Hooper posted in Logistics Management, 3PL, Warehouse operations, Organizational Dynamics, Fulfillment B2C

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What is the key to a successful business? We all have a common goal and that is to grow our businesses. The key is to bring in new partners and not just customers. You want to form new partnerships and not categorize them as customers. Here are the principals to the partnership approach - 

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