2020 has been a year none of us will ever forget. With all the surprises, curveballs, and challenges we’ve all faced, supply chains of all sizes were tested more than they ever were in recent years. But, even with the unpredictability variable always at play, there are ways you can prepare for a better shipping year ahead.
With holiday shopping also comes seasonal returns, mostly occurring weeks after the holidays are over. While your business is working to get products shipped, it’s important to remember to plan for future returns. Let’s dive into how you can prepare for holiday season returns now with some simple yet effective reverse logistics tips.
Even if you’ve been working hard to stay ahead of the small business holiday shipping game, you still might want some eleventh-hour shipping tips to push your shipping into overdrive. We’ve pulled together a few last-minute small business holiday shipping tips so you can keep focused and be successful during the busiest shipping time of the year.
The holidays are a hectic time for everyone, especially for small business shippers and supply chain managers. Not only do you need the right shipping solutions, but you need them at the best rates and on a deadline. Shipping freight without expert guidance makes accomplishing all of this pretty challenging. So how can you meet all these needs and ship easier? Third-party logistics companies, or 3PLs, make it easy for small businesses everywhere to ge[...]
With all the excitement around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s easy to forget another important shipping holiday: Small Business Saturday. From brick and mortar retail locations, to Etsy and eCommerce stores, this day celebrates small businesses and encourages consumers to shop small. This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 28th, and it’s important for small business owners and operators to prepare early for increased sales and shipping [...]
Shipping furniture can seem tricky because furniture can be different shapes, sizes and weights. Some furniture could be a family antique that requires specialized shipping services. In addition, shipping large or heavy items can be costly. Whether you own a furniture business, an antique store, or you’re an individual who needs to ship a piece of furniture, make sure you get the most affordable way to ship furniture.
We’re coming into that crazy shipping time of the year and that means small business operators and supply chain managers everywhere may be pulling their hair out. Having an effective and efficient shipping strategy will keep you from going bald! However, really effective shipping strategies are not as simple as just sending your products from point A to point B. The most effective shipping strategies also include reverse logistics and return policies [...]
Shipping, shipping, shipping—it’s on all business owners’ minds as we approach the busy holiday season. As consumers shift to buying more and more online, it’s important that you are prepared this year. If you want to be sure your packages arrive by the holidays, you need to keep these 2020 holiday shipping deadlines and cutoffs in mind.
We’ve all read about analysts predicting that this year will be one of the busiest holiday seasons for online retailers, so we’re nicknaming it “mega shopping year” which means “mega shipping demands,” too. With the increase in consumer demand and online shopping, it’s crucial that your business and shipping strategies are completed so that your customers receive their products in a timely, cost effective manner. Whether you have a brick-and-mortar lo[...]
Back in 2017, there was a mandate that required drivers to track their hours of service in an attempt to better regulate the health and safety of truckers on the road. Part of this mandate included electronic logging devices or ELDs, which track driver behavior and hours spent on the road. Although this initiative has been successful in its goal, it has resulted in limited driver flexibility and longer transit times for freight shipments. Recently, th[...]