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How To Grow Your Business Through Amazon

Eileen 9/3/2015 4:00:25 PM

Amazon is not only a successful company, but promises success to smaller, independent companies as well. They provide the tools and the technology to allow anyone with a valued product to enter the Amazon Marketplace. Here PNPLINE has put together a few tips and tricks to make the most of your potential Amazon business ventures: Make sure that the product isn’t a BANNED brand!  Sometimes brands like Nike and Sony will tell Amazon that they don’t want anyone else to sell their products but....
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Do You Have a Stable Supplier Base? Are You Sure About That?

Anthony 8/25/2015 2:44:11 PM

Among the victims of the Great Recession were thousands of suppliers to major manufacturers, large and small. In a lot of cases, buyers of raw materials and key components had little warning that their sources were about to dry up. Expert monitoring services would downgrade the rating of suppliers after they went bankrupt. Big help. If only there existed a magic formula for determining whether a supplier is about to fail. Unfortunately, the world is too full of unpredictabilities for that e....
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Coping With The Nightmare Of Consumer Product Recalls

Anthony 8/18/2015 9:39:42 AM

The massive number of product recalls suggests that companies are doing an imperfect job of keeping pace with quality requirements. Most recently, we’ve seen the recall of bicycles, baby coveralls, flashlights and hooded jackets. They are far from atypical in their number and variety. According to an index published by Stericycle, Inc., 21.3 million units of product were recalled in the U.S. in the fourth quarter of 2013 – an increase of 292 percent over the previous quarter.   The reasons a....
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How new UPS and FedEx pricing formula is affecting users

Anthony 8/14/2015 8:22:28 AM

The two parcel-handling giants implemented dimensional weight pricing at the beginning of this year, for ground packages under three cubic feet in size. (Larger boxes, as well as air shipments, were already being priced on that basis.)   The formula takes into account a package's size as well as its weight. It allows carriers to charge for the actual space that a shipment takes up on the truck. And it generally means higher rates for shippers – between 30 and 50 percent, according to estimat....
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The Supply Chain Talent Gap Is Wider Than You Think

Anthony 8/7/2015 1:32:50 PM

CEOs know there's a widening talent gap in the supply-chain sector. They also know they're not doing enough to close it.   It's an odd kind of stasis: being aware of a serious problem, while admitting that you're not fully committed to a solution. But who can blame companies today? The talent gap is all too real, if more visible in some areas than others.   Take the nationwide driver shortage, which qualifies as old news by now. According to the American Trucking Associations, the indust....
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Managing Freight Payment With No Time to Slack Off

Anthony 8/4/2015 8:56:11 AM

In the end, all outsourcing relationships are founded on trust. You can write a contract that drills down to the smallest details, but at some point you have to rely on the integrity of your partner. And when that trust is violated, the consequences can be severe.   Take the world of freight payment and auditing. Two major players in the business, Trendset Information Systems and TransVantage Solutions, Inc., filed for bankruptcy protection last year. Each was accused of embezzling millions ....
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