Drop Shipping: A Perfect Fit for Supply Chain Operating Networks

Talking Logistics

As reported last month by Jennifer Smith in the Wall Street Journal , “A growing number of retailers are relying on suppliers to ship online orders directly to customers, a strategy they hope will help them compete with e-commerce rivals without spending more on inventory.

Big Ships, Big Problems?

Supply Chain @ MIT

Ultra Large Container Vessels (ULCVs) take the idea of economies of scale to new levels in the container shipping business. But these mammoth ships also bring some large-scale challenges.

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Top 4 Challenges You Need to Master for International Shipping

Talking Logistics

Of course, international shipping is a complex service with countless moving parts, including regulations, security, capacity and legal considerations – all which can lead to a reliable and cost-effective shipment when tended to properly.

[INFOGRAPHIC] The History of Shipping Containers

Cerasis

As a logistics service provider, focusing on over-the-road surface transportation management solutions via technology and managed transportation services, we find the following information on the history of shipping containers of great significance to the logistics and supply chain community at large. There are two ways to view the History of Shipping Containers. Below, you can also view the history of shipping containers in one infographic. Shipping between Europe, S.E.

What is a Good Level of Forecast Accuracy?

when planning how much ice-cream to ship to each store. MEASURING. FORECAST. ACCURACY THE COMPLETE GUIDE Authors: Tommi Ylinen – Chief Product Officer, M.Sc. Tech) tommi.ylinen@relexsolutions.com. Janne Nissi – Senior Solution Consultant, M.Sc. Econ) janne.nissi@relexsolutions.com.

Why Tech Giants Are Focusing on Trucks, Drones and Ships

Freightos

Why Tech Giants Are Focusing on Trucks and Ships. to ship a 5 lb package the full distance from Shenzhen to Los Angeles. Basically, the 7,236 miles from China to the US may have the same shipping costs as the last mile. billion on shipping in Q3 2016.

The Current State of the Shipping Capacity Crunch

Cerasis

The shipping capacity crunch is not a new topic, but the end of 2017 is shaping up to reveal an unprecedented crunch, reports Chris Brady of Logistics Viewpoints. The Shipping Capacity Crunch Is Back After an Active Storm Season.

Evolving the Supply Chain for Anywhere-to-Everywhere Shipping

Logistics Viewpoints

An increasing number of businesses that never had to worry much about shipping are finding themselves competing with experienced and emerging retailers. Just look at how major pharmacies and healthcare providers are rolling out ship-to-home medical supply services. Traditionally, manufacturers only had to worry about shipping products to […]. Guest Commentary Omni-channel logistics Transportation omni-channel logistics parcel shipping shipping

Parcel Shipping: It’s Anything But Simple

Talking Logistics

One of the things you often hear about parcel shipping is the importance of carrier compliance, but what does that mean exactly, and how do shippers stay in compliance? So, how are leading companies leveraging parcel solutions to manage the complexities of parcel shipping? The post Parcel Shipping: It’s Anything But Simple appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez.

Industry 4.0: Are You Ready?

The supply chain is moving towards automation - and even awareness - that will change how products are ordered, manufactured, shipped and consumed. Are you ready?

Mega Ships: A Look at the Effect of Larger Ocean Vessels at Port

Talking Logistics

Another valid concern about larger vessels is that a ship carrying 18,000 to 19,000 TEUs will need about 100 acres of terminal within the port to carry out efficient operations. By the time an expansion may be completed, it may be operationally obsolete because of even larger ships. When it comes to intermodal moves, the rail lines will need to deal with the additional volumes; to complicate matters even more, they must work with six different shipping lines.

Multi Carrier Shipping: 8 Ways to Avoid the Shortsightedness Of Chasing The Least Cost Carrier

Cerasis

When you are looking to choose a carrier when it is time to ship your freight, it might seem obvious to go with the carrier that provides you with the lowest “sticker price.” 7) Using a Multi Carrier Shipping Transportation Management Solution.

The Impact of SOLAS on Ocean Shipping and Data Management

Talking Logistics

The Regulation’s Impact on Ocean Shipping and Data Management. They are also ensuring that a VGM is received from forwarders/NVOCCs and shippers as part of a shipping document.

The 7 Best Events For Freight Shipping in 2015

Cerasis

Are you up-to-date with the latest events in freight shipping and logistics? Staying current in the world of shipping and freight also takes strong networking and communication. 7 of the Best Freight Shipping Events to Attend in 2015. Freight freight shipping

IoT Visibility Comes to Ocean Shipping

Logistics Viewpoints

AIS is an automatic tracking system used on ships. Business Intelligence Logistics Technologies Supply Chain Visibility Transportation CargoSmart IoT ocean shippingA rich stream of data has long been available to improve ocean visibility. But CargoSmart is doing something new – they are using this near real time data to improve vessel scheduling and shipment tracking.

Peak Time or Holiday Shipping: Strategies & Tips to Stay Sane, Mitigate Extra Costs, & Keep Customers Happy

Cerasis

Editor's Note: This is our second post in a two part series about how to get your logistics and transportation practices in order in time for holiday shipping or peak season crunches. Holiday shipping time also bring customers that ship primarily for this season.

How Drop Shipping Can Boost Your Profits

Kewill

So how can a drop ship strategy help? First off, it’s important to understand what drop shipping entails. In basic terms it means the products you sell to your customers are shipped to them directly from wholesalers or manufacturers. In essence, the customer places an order with your business and you arrange for the entity that has the product to ship it to the customer’s address. What are some of the benefits to drop shipping?

Will NYSHEX Lift Container Shipping Service Levels?

Supply Chain @ MIT

The New York Shipping Exchange (NYSHEX), due to be piloted in January 2016, aims to overcome the chronic inefficiencies that afflict ocean transportation and add cost to global supply chains.

Enabling Cloud Technology for Drop Shipping Success

Kewill

Implementing a drop shipping model is one of the best ways to solve the dilemma of exposing the business to increased risk and eroding profit margins in an attempt to grow revenues. This can be a constant struggle, and drop shipping only adds another layer to this challenge.

It Isn’t That Simple: Managing the Complexities of Parcel Shipping

Talking Logistics

How are leading companies leveraging parcel solutions to manage the complexities of parcel shipping? The post It Isn’t That Simple: Managing the Complexities of Parcel Shipping appeared first on Talking Logistics with Adrian Gonzalez. Transportation Management Systems Upcoming Episodes Kewill parcel shipping TMS transportation management systemLive Episode: Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 12:00 ET.

Shipping Freight Isn’t Tactical Anymore: 3 Areas That Require Strategic, Collaborative, & Innovative Thinking

Cerasis

In today's ever more complex supply chain riddled with thousands upon thousands of processes, shipping freight has moved beyond tactical prowess for those who execute well and has evolved to now include strategic, innovative, and collaborative efforts to maintain not only a competitive edge but reduce overall transportation cost footprint. This series' goal is to empower those shipping freight with more confidence. Knowledge of Best Practices in Shipping Freight.

Editor’s Pick: Is it Time to Operationalize Ship From Store?

Talking Logistics

Today’s post is from Manhattan Associates highlighting four methods for operationalizing scalable, labor-efficient and associate-friendly ship-from-store processes. Regardless of these initial reasons, ship from store has become an omni-channel mainstay. Free shipping. Because free shipping is today’s go-to online promotion, shipping from the closest store or the store with the most available labor can mitigate the impact on retailers’ margins.

How Adding Ship-from-Store to an Omni-channel Strategy Changes the Retail Network

Talking Logistics

Integrating a ship-from-store strategy can enhance customer service and serve as an important competitive differentiator. The challenge is determining if and when a ship-from-store strategy makes sense and how to best enable this fulfillment option without impacting store productivity and service. Ship from store has gained traction based on changing shopper expectations and buying trends. How does implementing a ship-from-store strategy impact the supply chain network?

Differences Between LTL Shipping and TL Shipping

PLS Logistics

Deciding the best mode to ship your freight can be complicated. LTL Shipping TruckloadTo determine the primary way to move freight, shippers should identify the size of the shipment, the budget, the delivery schedule, and the freight’s fragility.

Super Ships: The Biggest Ships in the World (Part 2)

The Network Effect

This part 2 of our look at the largest ships in the world. You can read Super Ships Part 1 here on the Emma Maersk container ship. The post Super Ships: The Biggest Ships in the World (Part 2) appeared first on The Network Effect.

Less-Than-Truckload Technology: Will Machine Learning, AI & Automation Solve Shipping Problems?

Cerasis

Freight shipping has relied on the same systems for years, ranging from manual entries to a constant struggle in balancing delivery windows with costs. What Are the Major LTL Shipping Challenges? Automation Will Reduce Errors and Enhance Existing Shipping Practices, Reducing Problems.

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How to Reduce Product Damage During Shipping

Cerasis

If you are a product manufacturer, you know all too well the perils of shipping products from your factory or warehouse to a DC or retailer. Packaging and product damage during shipping is extremely common. Many shipping companies will stack pallets on top of one another to maximize their load, so you need to know this important piece of logistical information as well. . When you ship a product , your goal is simple: make sure it gets there in good condition.

8 Freight Shipping Trends Shippers Must Know for 2017

Cerasis

It is no longer bound by the traditional constraints of the economy, and Amazon is gearing up to begin expanding to be the best of the global freight shipping providers. As a result, your company needs to think about these freight shipping trends and how you can prepare to respond to them as soon as possible. 8 Freight Shipping Trends Shippers Must Know for 2017. Freight Shipping Providers Will Focus on ELD Implementation.

The iPhone 6s Freight Shipping Costs

Freightos

So obviously, being freight rate nerds, we got to wondering: How much would the logistics of shipping the iPhone 6s from China to the U.S. Here’s how calculated the iPhone 6S shipping costs. The post The iPhone 6s Freight Shipping Costs appeared first on Freightos.

Avoid These Parcel Shipping Mistakes to Reap Big Benefits

Kewill

What if I told you I could help your company save thousands of dollars in parcel shipping costs? In a single carrier environment, you limit your ability to find the best shipping option. Having a multi-carrier shipping solution solves this first mistake.

Yet Another Shipping Alliance and an Industry Stalling the Inescapable

Supply Chain Matters

The Wall Street Journal reports (Paid subscription required) that a new ocean container shipping alliance is being formed. Global trade trends Manufacturing Strategies Procurement and Sourcing Transportation and Logistics challenges in global transportation impact of megga container ships on industry supply chains independent blog commenting on global logistics and transportation Ocean Alliance ocean container industry consolidation Supply chain Matters blog

E-Commerce Changes Traditional Retail Shipping Strategies

PLS Logistics

Supply Chain Shipping Omni-ChannelCustomer demand and connectivity are high, and retailers are struggling to keep up with the competitive omni-channel environment.

Free Shipping Just Got More Expensive – Retailers and Consumers to Spend More to Counter Carrier Cost Hikes

Kewill

Free shipping is top of the list for consumers when making purchase decisions and it’s been shown that they will modify their spending patterns to ensure they get it, feeling that spending more is worthwhile to save a few dollars in shipping charges.

Why More Businesses Are Shipping Intermodal

Supply Chain Link

Intermodal shipping has been on the rise throughout the supply chain industry. In 2014, North American intermodal reached a record high of shipping 13.5

Free Shipping is Costing More (As Small Packages Flood Delivery Networks)

Talking Logistics

Nothing in life is free — and this includes free shipping, which has become an albatross around the necks of most retailers and parcel carriers. Parcel shipping is the fastest-growing logistics sector. It will continue to lose money on shipping ($7.2

Conquering the high seas: What’s shaking the global liner shipping industry?

Quintiq

Massive ships. While container terminal operators certainly feel the pressure, freight forwarders and the shipping lines themselves have a few planning puzzles to sort out on their own. Capacity of container ships handled in 2014. Shipping lines alliances. Slow steaming.

Retailers Begin to Position Online Shipping Practices

Supply Chain Matters

We close out a very busy week with some updates relative to previous supply chain management and industry developments highlighted in prior Supply Chain Matters postings. In our most recent Supply Chain Matters commentary stream, we questioned whether recent fuel surcharge rate hikes would have an impact on consumer online buying trends for the coming […].

Shipping Overseas: An Ocean or Air Affair

Supply Chain Link

trillion dollars’ worth of exports were shipped around the world 1. When it comes to shipping products internationally, businesses must. In 2013 $18.95 Read more. 06/03/2015. Global. Supply Chain. Supply Chain, Global. Global Global Supply Chain Supply Chain

The Agility of Integration: eCommerce, Warehouse Management and Shipping for SMBs

Talking Logistics

It created an administrative bottleneck as orders had to be typed into QuickBooks and, when shipped, status and tracking information needed to be manually entered into Magento. When traditional wholesalers open up e-commerce channels, they start shipping orders in the thousands to consumers versus the smaller number of repeat orders for dealers. This allowed OYO Sports to efficiently pick multiple orders with one pass through the warehouse and pre-label for shipping.

Why OmniChannel Solutions are Needed in Shipping & Logistics to Meet Consumer Demand

Cerasis

However, Amazon is shaking up the mix by seeking to make today’s e-commerce practices obsolete, and shipping and logistics providers need to understand why. Consumers are also expecting more of manufacturers and shipping companies.