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Big challenges face B2B and B2C merchants as they try to keep up with the always-connected customer. As a result, around-the-clock direct-to customer activity has made fulfillment and contact centers even busier. As behind-the-scenes activity increases, merchants are doing their best to keep their processes flowing.In this MCM Outlook 2013 report on Operations and Fulfillment, you will learn:
Google announced last week same-day delivery known as Google Shopping Express in the San Francisco area, according to an article on Mashable.com.
If you are an ecommerce company who buys from suppliers internationally, you are more than likely facing pressures from the competition to delivery faster and cheaper. But if there is the slightest problem in the shipment, it can lead to major problems within your business. In order to reduce those pressures, Small Business Trends has compiled the following tips on going global with your supply chain.
International leader in ecommerce order fulfillment Webgistix announced this week the unveiling of SmartShip for ecommerce retailers. SmartShip will help make strategic approaches to inventory placement by leveraging Webgistix’s nationwide network of fulfillment centers to offer consumers faster and more economical shipping, according to a press release.
Have a question about using Fulfillment By Amazon? During eTail West 2013, Tom Taylor, VP of Fulfillment By Amazon and Amazon Webstore, took time to talk with Multichannel Merchant’s Tim Parry. In this video, Taylor answers such questions as how Amazon determines what distribution center or centers are ideal for you, and how to get started with International shipping.
According to MCM Outlook 2012-13, 56% of respondents said they felt the United States Postal Service is a viable alternative to UPS and FedEx. Here’s what industry experts from Shipware, Endicia and LJM Consultants have to say about the pros – and cons – of USPS vs. FedEx and UPS.
FedEx reported a 12% profit loss in its second quarter. The shipping company said the decline is due in part to Superstorm Sandy that paralyzed much of the East Coast this fall. Although FedEx saw a profit loss last quarter, the Memphis-based company said it expects to see a record setting holiday season.
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UPS released its rate increases for 2013, including an average net increase of 4.5% — the same as this year
As Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Coast today, affecting about 50 million people from the Mid-Atlantic states to Canada, the country’s major shipping companies incurred interruptions to some of its delivery areas.