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Rising Amazon Costs

Eileen 1/25/2016 11:58:44 AM

Amazon’s storage and fulfillment costs have never been cheap. This is why many companies that use Amazon as a main selling platform have sought out cost cutting ways to profit from their business. While Amazon offers an unparalleled ease of fulfilling customer orders, some may have to guess whether that is worth the expense of marked up storage fees. Currently, Amazon charges storage by the unit. While that same pricing structure will still apply for the remainder of 2016, the pricing is undo....
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Using Shelving And Racks To Maximize Warehouse Space

Eileen 12/31/2015 10:21:50 AM

In the warehouse business, physical space is a huge commodity. Boxes can only stack so high. Warehouse workers struggle to sort through boxes of mixed SKUs. Order slips go missing. Inventory is unaccounted for. Customers are unhappy or stagnant. The need for organization is obvious. This is where rack storage comes in. So why are racks so important in a warehouse setting? Why is finding a way to save space just as important as the customers who fill it? Companies can spend thousands of d....
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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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