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Are you ignoring packaging optimization and losing profits?

Posted by Cara Posey on 8/3/17 2:05 PM

Your packaging strategy has a direct impact on your bottom line. If you use too much packaging, you incur unnecessary costs in materials and carrier charges. Use too little, and you fail to protect your products, leaving you with significantly higher costs to replace the original items and send them to the customer a second time.

What may seem like only a couple of dollars wasted at a time, when you have thousands of boxes shipped every month, can quickly turn into thousands or millions of dollars lost every year.

Let’s explore a few of the main reasons why packaging optimization should be a priority.

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Topics: Tips and Tricks, Articles, Strategy

5 Shipping Challenges You Need to Overcome in 2017

Posted by Cara Posey on 1/18/17 2:31 PM

Think about the biggest challenges your company has experienced with shipping this past year. Nothing brings these challenges to light more than the holiday season, which just closed with a 21.6% increase in online sales. While retailers had 97% fulfillment, the crush of orders being filled certainly brings pain points to the surface.

Companies may not even realize it, but they often find themselves trapped by many of the same things other manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and distributors encounter.

  • Shipping is inefficient—Your team is wasting time managing multiple carriers and logging in to multiple websites each day.
  • There is no integration—You lack an ERP system and shipping platform that work together in sync.
  • The solution isn’t scalable—As your business adds new brands and partners, it is impossible to manage all of the shipping requirements.
  • Carriers are too expensive—Your company lacks a multi-carrier strategy with the ability to quickly shop rates across carriers to ensure low cost in the best time frame for each shipment
  • Strategy isn't evolvingShipping is changing and operations execs are looking for ways to save, provide better service, and stay current. What are you doing in your business?

If your business wants to be known for consistently efficient service, there is a better way to get there. Here are five shipping challenges you need to overcome in 2017 to help grow your business.

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Topics: Articles, Strategy

You Can Recapture the 20-30% of Sales Lost From Unexpected Shipping Costs

Posted by Ron Lee on 1/29/16 10:28 AM

How much extra sales growth could you deliver with more complete and accurate quotes for shipping costs? What if those freight quotes could include expanded options such as LTL / freight service or even low-cost regional parcel delivery? Even if we only look at the impact on ecommerce sales alone, there are three consistent themes in almost every source of research: 1) shipping charges kill sales conversions, 2) unexpected shipping costs are the number one reason for shopping cart abandonment, and 3) abandon rates are between 20-30%. Today's post takes a closer look at how to improve freight quoting and includes a demo video of how to use the Pacejet API with the Pacejet network of parcel, LTL, 3PL carriers to better answer the question "how much will it cost to ship?"

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Topics: ERP, Videos, New Features, Strategy

More Detail and Demo Videos on Using the Pacejet API for Improved Quoting and Shipping Across Your Business

Posted by Ron Lee on 1/14/16 2:49 PM

If your organization is growing and changing, perhaps adding new locations, acquiring new companies, or deploying new ecommerce websites, the Pacejet API might help you support improved quoting and shipping processes that save time and money. For example, if ecommerce expansion is on your radar for this year you could use the Pacejet API to integrate freight/LTL shipping options or expanded parcel choices into your new web sites. Alternatively, if your company acquires a new division with a custom, older, or different ERP system than the rest of your business, you could use the Pacejet API to easily integrate advanced quoting and shipping functionality without replacing the ERP. Whatever your quoting and shipping needs look like, the Pacejet API provides a modern, open, RESTful technology solution for leveraging a broad range of shipping services from our network of LTL, Parcel, and 3PL carriers and services. Today's post provides some additional detail on the Pacejet API with links to new demo videos that introduce the technology and demonstrate how it works.

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Topics: News, Tips and Tricks, Articles, Strategy

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