May 30, 2020

The events of recent months have turned the world upside down. With very few exceptions, life has been irrevocably altered and the phrase “business as usual” has been replaced by terms like “survival mode” and “the new abnormal”.

While none of us can turn back the clock and take things back to pre-pandemic norms, we have seen glimpses of light. Light that presents the potential to emerge from this dark moment with a renewed sense of purpose and a commitment to strengthen our businesses, where we’re able.

And then there are the opportunities. Areas of life and business that proved especially resilient during the roughest moments of the pandemic, which could be a catalyst for success as we all attempt to bounce back. Accelerated eCommerce is one of those opportunities, but not every business is well-positioned to make the most of it.

It’s that opportunity to lean into eCommerce that we’ll explore in this article. Continue reading How to Turn Accelerated eCommerce Into an Opportunity

May 30, 2019

Amazon today is a very different business to the online bookstore founded by CEO Jeff Bezos back in 1994. From that relatively small digital niche, the Washington-based company has grown to dominate online retail.

The company achieved revenue of almost $233 billion in 2018, a significant proportion of which is attributed to more than one million third-party resellers. These entities take advantage of Amazon’s platform to sell and distribute their products more widely than they could on an independent site. (They can also be taken advantage of, as we’ll cover below.) Continue reading Where Do FBM and SFP Fit Into the Amazon Fulfillment Ecosystem?

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