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Shipping & Fulfillment | 10 min read

Distance Equals Money: Understanding U.S. Shipping Zones

Shipping charges tend to rise as your packages go further, and carriers determine how much your price scales by seeing how far you ship across their U.S. shipping zones. Carriers each carve up the continental map to create their list, with most dividing up the country into seven shipping zones numbered “2” through “8.” These shipping zones can impact both the cost and delivery speeds available for your goods.

Knowing U.S. shipping zones and how they’re calculated can help an eCommerce[...]

Shipping & Fulfillment | 8 min read

How to Choose the Right Fulfillment Provider for Your Business

So you’ve made a smart move and decided to opt for a fulfillment provider. You’re definitely on the right track as far as business decisions go. However, the question now is, “How do I make sure I’m choosing the right fulfillment company for my business?” There are several options to choose from and, as a business owner, making the wrong choice can have serious consequences for your company.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 10 min read

How to Calculate Dimensional Weight for eCommerce Shipping

Shipping costs are consistently the leading cause of shopping cart abandonment. Customers add products to their cart and get through checkout, only to see shipping costs that they didn’t expect to pay. For many customers, this is enough to put them off of going through with the purchase entirely.

In order to be upfront with customers about their expected shipping costs, you also need to understand how their costs will be calculated as a business owner. One of the most common ways that[...]

Shipping & Fulfillment | 7 min read

Top 3 Strategies to Boost Your eCommerce

Your eCommerce store is critical to broadening your brand and increasing your reach. While eCommerce offers business a wide range of opportunities, it can be difficult to keep up with high customer expectations and an ever-growing market.

In today’s time where customers have high expectations, we provide three strategies to help make your eCommerce store a success. Choosing the right shipping method, streamlining the fulfillment process, and having an up to date landing page will all impact[...]

Shipping & Fulfillment | 11 min read

Top 13 eCommerce Order Fulfillment Companies

Whenever you think about starting an eCommerce business, warehousing, shipping, and fulfillment may come to mind.

Surely, creating sales is the interesting part. However, what happens after the order is made? Somehow your item needs delivering to customers' hands. One of the most popular ways to handle this part is to partner with an order fulfillment company. There are a number of fulfillment services that will store your products and pack and ship your orders.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 9 min read

Value-Engineered Packaging: Getting More From The Humble Box

Value-engineered packaging is the process of designing and producing the best possible packaging solution for your product with costs, security, and performance in mind.

Your brand can benefit from redesigning new and existing packaging solutions for a single product or a wide range of products to use less material, optimize costs, and create more branding opportunities.

For many ecommerce brands, packaging is an expense that’s left to the last minute.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 10 min read

How to Successfully Sell and Ship to Europe

As an e-commerce retailer, you know that selling your merchandise online opens your business up to a much larger market than you could ever reach offline. If you’re already reaping the rewards of selling online throughout the United States, you might be considering going global. Selling to European customers online is a great place to start.

There are plenty of great reasons to reach out to European customers. To be precise, there are 727,848,547 good reasons. That’s the number of internet[...]

Shipping & Fulfillment | 9 min read

The Complete Guide to Cross-Border eCommerce

Is your business looking to expand to global markets? Selling products online and shipping them to international customers has become commonplace today. That's especially thanks to marketplace giants like Amazon in the picture. But you don’t need to rely on marketplace selling to reach international customers. Your products can cross borders from your own online store.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 13 min read

The Essential How-To Guide to Expedited Shipping for eCommerce Stores

Online shopping has changed the entire retail landscape for everyone, both retailers and consumers. Not only has online shopping demanded more of all retailers, especially those who never considered selling their products online previously, but it has also changed the way consumers think, altering the requirements that must be met in order to fulfill their expectations. One of the biggest changes in terms of consumer expectations is, of course, shipping.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 10 min read

The Importance of Inventory Efficiency and a Strong Fulfillment Process

Your inventory is business-critical. No inventory equals no business. But, even with a warehouse full of stock and a sales channel full of listings, if you don’t have inventory and fulfillment efficiency, you can struggle to sell, ship, and earn that glowing feedback you deserve.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 7 min read

Dropshipping Clothing with BrandsGateway: Everything You Need to Know

Statistics show that the eCommerce industry has been steadily growing over the past few years. More importantly, it's expected to continue to expand in the years to come. A study published by Statista found that the global eCommerce sales in 2019 amounted to 3.53 trillion US dollars. What’s even more promising is that, by the end of 2022, it’s predicted that eCommerce sales will reach 6.54 trillion US dollars.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 8 min read

3 Ways to Reduce Your E-Commerce Shipping and Fulfillment Costs

Every e-commerce business—regardless of size, product category, or experience—shares a common challenge: shipping orders to customers. The key to thriving online is finding a way to get products into your customers’ hands quickly while keeping your transportation costs low.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 11 min read

5 Ways Online Stores Can Optimize Custom Order-Tracking Experiences

Your relationship with a customer doesn’t end after they’ve made a purchase. Their shopping experience needs to be cared for at every stage before, during, and after that point – and that includes delivery.

In this blog, we’ll be showing you 5 ways that you can effectively engage with customers in the post-purchase phase. With these tips, you’ll build fierce brand loyalty and keep customers more satisfied than ever before. Let’s begin.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 8 min read

Guide to 3PL - Third-Party Logistics

Running a successful eCommerce business is a ton of work. You have to set up and maintain a website, find great products to sell, market your business, and keep your customers happy. A big part of that is making sure you get items into your customers' hands safe and sound. Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done.

Many eCommerce owners start out by shipping their own items. For a little while, this can work out well. However, as a store grows, it can quickly become overwhelming to[...]

Shipping & Fulfillment | 7 min read

How Important is FBA for Success on Amazon?

Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) is a service for Amazon sellers in which Amazon handles the storage of inventory, and the picking, packing, and shipping of orders.

FBA has evolved far beyond what it was in 2006, when it was first introduced to sellers. James Thomson, Amazon’s first-ever account manager for FBA, even remembers giving tours of Amazon’s flashy fulfillment centers back in the day.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 6 min read

Increasing Productivity as an eCommerce Manufacturer in 2020

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, shoppers spent $601.75 billion with online merchants based in the U.S. an increase of 14.9% from the previous year. With so much opportunity to be had online, it’s no wonder that manufacturers are ditching the traditional selling strategy of using a middleman, for the modern direct-to-consumer (D2C) approach, that allows them to:

  • Have more control over their business
  • Leverage their brand’s online presence
  • Develop their own marketing campaign, and

Shipping & Fulfillment | 6 min read

Everything You Need to Know About the UPS Money-Back Guarantee

For every e-commerce business owner, weaving together an effective shipping strategy lies at the heart of their business model. This is especially true if they engage in cross-border selling. Between 2019 and 2023 alone, the global e-commerce logistics market size is slated to grow by a staggering $81.78 billion, with most of the contributing factors falling in the cross-border e-commerce territory.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 6 min read

A Beginner's Guide to eCommerce Localization

With so many eCommerce brands competing for the attention of customers across the world, your eCommerce website must provide a unique experience to stay in business. Localizing your website offers a unique shopping experience to your customers who belong to a specific linguistic, cultural, and geographical group.

Shipping & Fulfillment | 6 min read

The Basics of Shipping Insurance for eCommerce

When it comes to setting up an eCommerce business, shipping is a vital aspect that could make (or break) or business. 

Because eCommerce is all about ordering the product online and delivering it to your customers' doorsteps, shipping is essential. And, without the right shipping and delivery strategies, you won’t be able to satisfy your customers or create goodwill. 

So, what happens when a product is damaged during shipping or goes missing?

Well, that is where shipping insurance comes in. 

Shipping & Fulfillment | 10 min read

Provide a Great Post-Checkout Experience with LateShipment.com

Today’s customers are an unforgiving bunch with a low tolerance threshold for mistakes by retailers. They do not hesitate to take their grievances online in an attempt to name and shame retailers into acting on them quickly.

The social media pages of most brands with eCommerce stores are littered with negative reviews from customers who have faced delivery delays or damaged parcels.

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