December 4, 2018

Amazon has been in the headlines a lot this fall. From lower-than-expected earnings to advanced speculation - and subsequent uproar - over the location(s) of HQ2, the e-commerce giant has experienced its fair share of controversy.

Even against this flurry of reporting, few announcements have been more divisive than the company's move to give its workers in the U.S. a minimum wage of $15 per hour. If it seems strange that a wage rise would lead to negative press, it's time to look a little closer at what the company is proposing.

As in other questionable cases with Amazon, not everything is as compelling as it might seem on the surface.

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September 29, 2018

The question of FBA vs. 3PL – or Fulfillment by Amazon vs. a third-party fulfillment partner, to be complete – is often skewed by brand recognition.

Everyone knows about Amazon’s reach and influence by now, so it’s easy to assume that means they’ll provide the best experience for your company and clients.

In reality, there are many downsides to moving your orders with Amazon, some of which we’ll cover in this article. Continue reading FBA vs. 3PL: Notes from the CPG Industry on Which to Choose for Order Fulfillment

October 26, 2017

Many in retail are rightly preoccupied with the most disruptive force in their business: Amazon. More specifically, they want to better understand the costs of selling on Amazon.

From our perspective, Amazon is another retailer we need to know how to ship to, and potentially learn from as they are in the business of fulfillment. But that is not how many clients view this increasingly powerful force in the retail world, and the world in general. Continue reading The Costs of Selling on Amazon via FBA

July 17, 2017

Today’s retail environment is a very different one compared to even ten years ago. We all know about the rise of e-commerce and malls struggling to fill physical retail space. However, there’s a lot more to this changing landscape than just consumers choosing websites instead of stores. Continue reading The Changing Face of Retail in America

June 29, 2017

Retailers and consumers will have a new cost to contend with for the 2017 peak season. For the first time in its history, UPS has announced that it will add a surcharge to deliveries made during much of the holiday season.

It remains to be seen how competitors will respond, but shippers must be prepared for the likelihood that the other half of the parcel duopoly FedEx will follow suit. If all peak season shipments are subject to a new surcharge, it will undoubtedly influence how retailers prepare for the all-important holiday period.

Continue reading What the UPS New Peak Charge Means For Your Business