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Life After FBA: Amazon Seller Fulfillment of Your Prime Orders

Jul 11, 2019 / by Todd Naramore posted in Shared Warehousing, Third Party Logistics, Vendor Compliance, 3PL Outsourcing, eCommerce Fulfillment, Fulfillment B2C

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If you’re selling online, chances are you’re selling on Amazon.  And, if you’re selling on Amazon, you want to be Prime-certified to reach Amazon’s 100+ million Prime customers.  These ‘frequent flyers’ spend an average of 1,400 per year[i] on the site. 

To become Prime-certified, many sellers go straight to the source and let Amazon handle fulfillment through their Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program.  But there is another Prime-friendly option available to you: Seller Fulfilled Prime (SFP).  In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this Amazon seller fulfillment program and the ways in which it differs from FBA.

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Update on the Southern California Logistics Services Market

Jun 27, 2019 / by Bob Lilja posted in Southern California Ports, West Coast Distribution, Port Logistics, Third Party Logistics, Warehouse operations, eCommerce Fulfillment, Inland Empire Warehouse, Labor issues, Drayage, rail transportation, Peak Season Shipping, Distribution, logistics in California

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When it comes to Southern California logistics, there’s never a dull moment.  The region is home to the busiest ports in the country, while the state continues to dramatically alter the way logistics gets done through an array of unique regulations.  In this article, we’ll get you up to speed on some of the recent SoCal supply chain developments during the first half of 2019.

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The Top Weber Logistics Blog Posts of 2018

Dec 21, 2018 / by Weber Logistics posted in 3PL, Vendor Compliance, eCommerce Fulfillment, Metrics-KPIs

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We’re coming to the end of 2018 and preparing for 2019 – and you know what that means: year-end “best of” lists.  And, while our list may not be as entertaining as the “top 10 movies of 2018” rankings you’ll see in your social media feeds, we hope that you find it valuable.  Here, we present the three Weber Logistics blog posts that were most popular among our readers in 2018.

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The Importance of Scalability in ECommerce Order Fulfillment

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

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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 3PL Outsourcing, eCommerce Fulfillment, 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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How a 3PL Provider Can Help Reduce Order Turnaround Time

Apr 16, 2015 / by Weber Logistics 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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Multi-Channel Fulfillment: Key Considerations

Mar 11, 2014 / by Weber Logistics 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 Weber Logistics 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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