Warehouse-in-a-Warehouse a Growing Omnichannel Shipping Trend

Posted on November 12, 2019
Pick Pack Parcel Microlistics and Transtream

It was a busy time in Denver last week as Pierbridge and Microlistics teamed up at the Gartner Supply Chain Planning Summit to showcase their “Pick, Pack, Parcel” solution. 

The what?

Well, as 3PLs grapple with the challenge of booming eCommerce shipping, they have increasingly turned to omnichannel shipping strategies across the supply chain. One strategy gaining a hold is to create a warehouse-in-a-warehouse. 

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Ship-From-Store Strategy Fuels Same-Day Delivery

Posted on November 05, 2019
Ship-from-store omnichannel fulfillment
Whether it's a regional chain with a handful of stores or a global one with thousands, a ship-from-store strategy can reduce lost sales and improve delivery times while cutting shipping costs.

Retailers looking to capitalize on the booming growth of online shopping are increasingly taking an omnichannel approach to their supply chains. Perhaps, the one place they have the biggest edge over pure-play eCommerce businesses is the ability to leverage their brick-and-mortar footprint for quicker and cheaper shipping options using a ship-from-store strategy. 

While retail sales are still strong, with the National Retail Federation (NRF) anticipating the number to top $3.8 trillion this year, most traditional brick-and-mortar locations are trying to adapt their square footage as the cost of space adds up while shoppers continue to split time between making a trip to the store and shopping via the internet – increasingly while on the go. In fact, eMarketer forecasts that mobile commerce will account for 72.9 percent of global retail eCommerce sales by 2021.

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5 Tips for the Short Holiday Shipping Season

Posted on October 29, 2019
2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

If you start the countdown for the all-important holiday shopping season from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas Day, it can last anywhere between 25 and 31 days in the United States. The moving target of Thanksgiving each year is the variable that can shorten or lengthen the shopping season, since the fourth Thursday of November can be anywhere from November 22 to November 28.

This year, it's November 28, the latest it can be, so the shopping season is six days shorter than last year, and is the shortest since 2013. That has retailers starting sales a bit later than usual, with less time to fulfill orders.  But customers will still expect shipments to arrive on time. 

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3 Tips for Global eCommerce Shipping

Posted on October 15, 2019
Global eCommerce Shipping

[**UPDATE** According to a Shopify report released in February 2019, the trend of shopping outside of the consumer’s home country is, in fact, a global trend. As the expected cross-border holiday parcel tsunami ramps up, we thought it was a good time to once again remind shippers of tips to keep in mind when shipping internationally this holiday season.

Additionally, as we wrote about earlier this year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has implemented system changes this quarter that will streamline clearance processes while improving data collection, visibility, and border protection. This change is enabling global logistics companies to electronically file more detailed Section 321 information using the Automated Broker Interface (ABI) into the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) system, eliminating manual and duplicate data entry.]

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Holiday Shopping is Global and So is Holiday Shipping

Posted on October 08, 2019
Global shipping and shopping

Crisper mornings and falling leaves in many parts of the world (not to mention summer coming in the Southern Hemisphere) can only mean one thing: the holiday shopping and shipping season is rapidly approaching. 

This year’s holiday shopping season is set to be another record-setter as early projections anticipate retail growth somewhere between 4.5 and 5 percent in 2019, according to Deloitte’s annual holiday retail forecast

Overall, Deloitte anticipates that holiday sales will exceed $1.1 trillion during the November–January timeframe.

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Omnichannel Shipping is the Talk of the Dangerous Goods Symposium

Posted on October 01, 2019
Omnichannel shipping endless aisle

We’ve discussed it before, but it bears repeating. Dangerous Goods (DG) handling has become more difficult as shippers continue to shift to an omnichannel, multi-carrier shipping strategy

Recently, Bob Liva, who handles Pierbridge’s alliances and partnerships, had the opportunity to speak at Labelmaster’s Dangerous Goods Symposium about the growing convergence of hazardous material and omnichannel shipping. 

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“T’was the Night Before Christmas … Rogue Shipping Reaches an All-Time High”

Posted on September 24, 2019
Transtream Personal Shipping benefits

With a record 2.5 billion packages estimated to have been shipped last year during the holidays, and with growing eCommerce and retail sales expected this season adding even more parcels to the mix, it isn’t a stretch to think that plenty of employees will be shipping a gift or two on their own as well. 

“Rogue shipping” reaches its peak in the holiday season when employees absolutely positively have to get personal shipments to their loved ones. The lines are way too long at post offices and retail shipping rates are too expensive, especially to residences.  So the natural thing to do is to simply add personal shipments to the avalanche of parcels going through shipping departments or mail centers that time of year.  Who will notice?

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4 Ways You Are Probably Already Supporting Personal Shipping—And 1 Way You Should

Posted on September 17, 2019
Pitney Bowes Personal Shipping webinar

At some point, everyone realizes that work gets in the way. Well, not really (I, for one, love my job). However, there are some things that have to be done during business hours — be it a trip to the DMV, meeting with your kid’s teacher, or standing in line at a parcel drop-off location to ship a personal package with a gift for a friend, important paperwork, or even an item sold on an online auction site — that can’t be done other times of the day. 

While a trip to the motor vehicle registry or school may be unavoidable, there are ways that companies can help their employees take care of cutting down on errands to ship a parcel. However, there is a right way and a wrong way of doing it. Do it the wrong way, and it can cost you both in dollars and time. Do it the right way and you can not only cut costs, but help recruit and retain staff while keeping them more engaged and productive at the same time.

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Cut the Costs of Rogue Personal Shipping with Transtream

Posted on September 10, 2019

Employees sending personal shipments are costing companies whether they realize it or not. 

Sometimes the losses come from allowing employees to ship their personal parcels on corporate accounts with the hope of recovering the costs from payroll deduction or other methods. Sometimes the losses come from employees taking time away from their desks to stand in seemingly endless lines at a drop-off location—and those lines aren’t going to get any shorter as the holidays approach. Sometimes, the losses are even more direct as employees slip their package into the company’s shipments or use the corporate account to send a package anywhere in the world, a problem we call “rogue shipping.”

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