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November 17, 2022
3PL Track and Trace: Avoid Surprises and Embrace Success

Track and trace provide accurate updates on your freight shipment. With this service, you’ll always know where your freight is and when it should arrive.

August 16, 2022
Milk Run Logistics: A Little-Known Strategy

Milk run logistics is an old form of distribution that has evolved over the years. This consolidated and cost-effective method has proven itself as a mainstay in distribution. Find out exactly why this strategy continues to be a valuable one in the article below.

July 15, 2022
Procurement vs Logistics: The Money and the Movement  

Understanding different parts of the supply chain system helps individuals and companies build better operations. Take a dive into procurement and logistics differences to get started.

June 9, 2022
Reducing Logistics Costs: Inventory and Transport Basics

Companies around the world are looking for ways to streamline operating costs even as the world reels from record inflation. Take a close look at how proper management of inventory and creative transportation solutions can help your business.

June 9, 2022
Dock To Stock Process: Savvy Methods to Maximize Speed

A slow dock to stock process will ruin your fulfillment operations. We’ll give you some good practices to follow to help improve it.

June 8, 2022
Direct Shipment vs Drop Shipment: Which Distribution Model is Best?

Direct shipment vs drop shipment is a debate that has been ongoing in the fulfillment industry. We’ll explain the differences between each so you can figure out which one is the best fit for you.

June 6, 2022
Benefits of Dual Sourcing: An Epic Way To Grow Your Business

Dual sourcing will improve your business in a variety of ways. Learn what they are by reading through these articles.

June 6, 2022
How to Improve Outbound Logistics: 4 Practical Upgrades 

Managing your inventory needs for future supply chain disruptions while trying to keep promises to all your customers is daunting. Take some of the stress away by finding new ways to improve your outbound logistics in a away that meets everyone’s needs.

June 3, 2022
Inbound Logistics Optimization: 5 Strategic Solutions 

Supply chain logistics begin with inbound process solutions. Strategic use of your time and resources will yield better results when you focus on optimizing existing systems rather than always trying new things.

May 10, 2022
Inbound vs Outbound Logistics: Achieve Supply Chain Zen

Understanding your supply chain logistics from start to finish will let you pick up on what helps and hurts your business. See how effective outbound and inbound logistics can have a greater impact on your total product output.

April 27, 2022
Benefits of Outsourcing Fulfillment to a 3PL

Are your fulfillment operations overwhelming every other aspect of your business? Try outsourcing fulfillment to get the relief that you need.

April 27, 2022
Fulfillment Batching: A Distribution Center Solution

Warehouses everywhere are searching for the best ways to optimize efficiency and get orders processed. Fulfillment batching is one solution that has gained traction due to its time-saving nature.

April 18, 2022
Decoupling Inventory: Keep Your Supply Chain Moving

A decoupled inventory allows you to improve efficiency along your supply chain by keeping extra stock at different production phases. Learn more about why this inventory strategy can benefit your business.

March 31, 2022
Hub & Spoke Logistics: Distribution Models of the Future

Finding the best model for efficient fulfillment and distribution can take some trial and error. Check out one possibility in learning about the hub and spoke distribution models.

February 28, 2022
7 Benefits of Inventory Management

Keeping track of the various functions of a warehouse is difficult. Inventory management systems make running a warehouse easy.

February 28, 2022
Omnichannel Order Management: Expertly Meet Consumer Demand

Modern retail services span in-person and online stores. Omnichannel order management can streamline customer service across platforms.

February 23, 2022
5 Ways Strategic Warehousing Can Increase Profits

Growing businesses need strategic warehouse solutions to manage increases. Learn five ways to improve your warehouse management.

February 23, 2022
What is an Inventory Tax? (And What it Means for eCommerce)

Inventory tax is critical to understanding the role of taxes owed on total inventory. Learn more about what is inventory tax and how it can affect your eCommerce business.

February 22, 2022
Safety Stock in Supply Chain: Surviving a Stockout

The use of safety stock serves as a buffer in avoiding a stockout scenario. A trusted 3PL partner can help with your business fulfillment and distribution needs.

February 22, 2022
What are Stockouts? 6 Causes for Concern

What are stockouts, how can they Impact my business, what do I need to know? The guide below will offer insight into stockouts and how to prevent them from affecting your business.

February 3, 2022
2022 eCommerce Trends: 9 Tips to Improve Your Business

Trends are always changing. Following these tips and keeping up with 2022 eCommerce trends can help ensure you're business continues to grow in the new year.

February 2, 2022
Calculate Inventory Days on Hand The Right Way

Are you struggling with inventory management in your business? Calculate inventory days on hand effectively with a trusted 3PL partner.

January 26, 2022
6 Advantages of a Bonded Warehouse

Shippers use bonded warehouses for storage, security, convenience of location, and more. Learn more about the advantages bonded warehouses can offer.

January 21, 2022
What is a Bonded Warehouse? The Duty-Free Storage Solution

Under a bonded warehouse, shippers have the ability to store goods for a limited time until customs duties are paid. Learn more about how to get warehousing with a trusted 3PL partner and how it can help your business.

September 24, 2021
What is Contract Warehousing? Solutions for Storage and Distribution

Contract warehousing is an excellent way for a business to get the storage and distribution services they need without breaking the bank. Learn more about contract warehousing and how it can benefit your business.

September 3, 2021
What is Pool Distribution? (Let’s Take a Deep Dive)

Optimizing your approach to shipping and distribution is a goal for countless businesses. One of the ways that this can be accomplished is through something called pool distribution. There’s some important questions to ask surrounding pool distribution which include: what is it, how does it work, when should it be used, and more. Before you […]

January 6, 2021
Amazon FBA vs. Dropshipping: How to Choose the Right One

If you’re looking to start an eCommerce business, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed at the variety of different options available for selling online. Even if you’ve narrowed down your options to Amazon FBA or dropshipping, it can still be tough to choose between those two. Both options have their fair share of benefits […]

November 23, 2020
Choosing a Fulfillment Alternative to Amazon FBA

With a huge market share in the area, getting your orders fulfilled by Amazon can be an attractive component for any online business. But what do you do if it’s not a good fit for you and you need fulfillment alternatives to Amazon FBA? It can seem counterintuitive to be outside the retail giant’s sphere […]

November 20, 2020
How to Handle Shipping For Your Ecommerce Business

You’ve got a great product or stable of goods to sell, a business model that should stand on its own and the desire to work hard and make money. However, you’re running an online enterprise and still need to figure out an aspect that could make or break your ability to be successful: how to […]

November 20, 2020
The Dropshipping Process: A Difficult Task Made Simple

The dropshipping process might seem simple at first, but is actually complex. Avoid unneeded frustration and follow our process to experience the full benefits of dropshipping.

November 19, 2020
6 Steps to Choosing a Medical Device Logistics Company

Providing devices for hospitals, doctor’s offices and everything in between isn’t like selling many other types of products. There are quite a few things you must be cognizant of, like how to store the devices and making sure both the devices and how they are handled are in accordance with the Food and Drug Administration’s […]

November 19, 2020
How to Start a Dropshipping Business in 6 Simple Steps

Maybe you’ve heard that there are people in the world making money doing something called dropshipping and now you have a very important question of how to set up dropshipping as your main business or even as a lucrative part-time endeavor. To start a dropshipping business, you'll need to follow 6 simple steps: Identify the […]

November 9, 2020
12 Top Alternatives to Selling on Amazon (2020)

Amazon is the king when it comes to online commerce in the United States, there’s little question about that. So it stands to reason that anyone selling products to consumers would want to be on Amazon’s prime platform. But maybe there’s a valid reason why you don’t want to sell through their website, yet don’t […]

October 9, 2020
On Demand Warehousing: Everything You Need to Know

In the fast paced world of ecommerce, your business has to remain agile and at the forefront when it comes to identifying trends. On demand warehousing is one such trend that demands your attention if you plan on selling items online. If you don’t know how on demand warehousing differs from traditional warehousing or why […]

October 7, 2020
How to Start an eCommerce Business: The Ultimate Guide

Want to learn how to start an eCommerce business? More than half of all American consumers prefer to shop online instead of in stores, and that number only goes up if you look at younger generations. There’s a massive opportunity for entrepreneurs and potential business owners in the online world, but it can be challenging […]

October 6, 2020
3PL Ecommerce Fulfillment 101: The Complete Guide

A third-party logistics (3PL) company can be an important part to any business, especially those in the ecommerce space. But being fully knowledgeable about 3PL ecommerce fulfillment can be quite a chore if you’re not very experienced in that field. There are many different parts of the supply chain, each of which must work together […]

September 30, 2020
Should I Offer Free Shipping to My Customers?

Selling products as a wholesaler, retailer, or even a dropshipper often comes with some stiff competition. So in order to properly compete, you take a look around at the opposition and see them offering something you’re not: free shipping. So, eventually you might ask yourself — should I offer free shipping to my customers in […]

September 30, 2020
6 Ways to Offer Free Shipping to Your Customers

Everywhere you look, you can find instances of businesses offering free shipping. As a business yourself, you’re probably wondering how to offer free shipping to your customers and if it is even possible without losing a pile of money trying to make it happen.   While free shipping shouldn’t be offered on every and anything, there […]

June 24, 2020
3PL Fulfillment for Different Industries

You’ve probably heard of big businesses outsourcing their fulfillment to a third party. When Third-Party Logistics (3PL) fulfillment boasts cost-savings, value-added services, and a variety of other benefits, it’s no surprise that companies are starting to shift gears and move fulfillment out of in-house warehouses. Maybe you’re interested in doing the same, but you aren’t […]

June 23, 2020
What You Need to Know About Changing 3PL Providers

Third Party Logistics Companies (3PLs) are not all made the same, and you might find out that the one you’re working with just isn’t meeting your expectations. However, changing 3PL providers for warehousing and fulfillment can be a huge undertaking. At a certain point, you may realize you’ve been putting up with things that hold […]

June 23, 2020
How eCommerce Works

Since a lot of the processes happen behind the scenes, understanding how eCommerce works can be a difficult task. Online retailers must make many legal and ethical decisions about protecting the privacy of online shoppers, and upholding the integrity of their brand. When a customer trusts a website with something as important as her credit […]

April 22, 2020
5 Huge Benefits of Outsourcing Warehouse Operations

Using an Inventory Management System (IMS) can be marked down as essential in these technologically advanced times when customers no longer expect their goods in a week or two but in days. This can be an intricate balancing act for a business with a lot of moving parts, so it is important to point out […]

April 15, 2020
How to Organize a Warehouse to Maximize Efficiency

You have products to ship and store, and now need to know how to organize a warehouse — either because you plan on running one yourself or you plan to store your items with a third-party logistics company and are curious about the inner workings of such an operation. Thankfully, becoming an expert is within […]

April 15, 2020
Packaging Insert Ideas for eCommerce Businesses

Packaging insert ideas can be hard to come up with, especially if you’re new to eCommerce or you sell a unique product. There are many options out there to choose from, but you want yours to stand out among other eCommerce stores using a similar strategy. So, what are your options? How do you give […]

April 15, 2020
How to Reduce eCommerce Shipping Costs

eCommerce shipping costs are on the rise, and if you’re like any other online business owner, you’re going to be looking for ways to offer your customers the best deal without cutting into your own profits. With shipping costs gradually getting higher and higher, you’ll need to get innovative if you don’t want to take […]

April 7, 2020
3PL Warehouse Operations: Benefits, Purpose and More

For any growing company that makes and sells products, figuring out how to store and track your inventory is a major question. Often, it’s smart to leave this important task to the experts. A third-party logistics (3PL) company will have the expertise to provide reliable warehousing and storage services. 3PL warehouses make order fulfillment and […]

January 23, 2020
Kitting in Warehousing: Everything You Need to Know

Kitting in warehousing is a strategy used by many companies to meet consumer demand. Knowing the types of products kitting is used for and the benefits that can be gained is important. This information allows businesses to decide if they should utilize warehouse kitting services.  Warehouse kitting is used to combine multiple product SKU’s into […]

January 23, 2020
How to Reduce Picking and Packing Errors

There is no denying that pick and pack errors are fairly common. A lot of businesses report issues with picking and packing, ranging from too many people and locations to losing order details and substituting the wrong items. However, this is not something that we should just accept. All businesses need to make a dedicated […]

January 22, 2020
Pick and Pack Warehouse: What You Need to Know

A pick and pack warehouse utilizes a process that happens once an order has been placed via a store online. Picking involves finding the right quantities of each product through the use of a picking list. Packing then involves placing the items into a correct box, ensuring that all of the right documentation and materials […]

January 22, 2020
What is Demand Planning?

Demand planning can seem like a huge endeavor, and since demand is always changing, the process has to be repeated several times a year to keep data current. Even with all the stress that comes with it, a good demand forecasting plan is vital to improving a business’s entire supply chain. Every business owner knows […]

January 22, 2020
How The Logistics Industry Works

How the logistics industry works can be a difficult concept to wrap your head around, since it isn’t confined to only one specific area of business. Though it can be defined as the business of getting products from their place of origin and delivering them to the point of consumption, the process itself is far […]

January 22, 2020
Third Party Logistics: Advantages and Disadvantages

Shipping and logistics operations are an essential part of any business. But when a company gets bigger, the complexity and scope of these important supply chain steps can become overwhelming. A business should consider whether it’s best to start outsourcing its logistics and hire a 3PL company. First off, it’s important to assess the advantages […]

January 22, 2020
Warehouse Equipment Solutions that Work for You

There’s a difference between running a warehouse that meets standards and functions well and running a warehouse at maximum efficiency that exceeds goals. There are so many moving parts at one time, plus ongoing contingencies, that sometimes employees are just focused on getting the job done. That means problems with warehouse equipment and deciding on […]

January 22, 2020
How to Keep Track of Inventory in a Warehouse

Keeping track of inventory in a warehouse is a major task for all warehouse operators.. Large warehouses process thousands of orders  each and every day which requires precise inventory accuracy.. Many distribution centers are still using paper to place orders and follow them through the supply chain process. However, paper is not always reliable for […]

November 1, 2019
A Guide to 3PL Partners: A Simple Fulfillment Solution

Fulfillment operations can be difficult to keep up with for any number of reasons. But, having a 3PL partner by your side will improve your fulfillment and overall business operations in numerous ways.

October 24, 2019
3PL vs 4PL: A Complete Comparison

Weighing in on the 3PL vs 4PL debate can be tough and confusing for many people. What do these terms mean? And which option is the right one for you and your needs? It’s understandable to give considerable thought to this decision. Making the wrong choice can turn out to be costly and have some […]

October 21, 2019
Subscribe to the Latest Trend: Subscription Boxes

They’re the latest trend: Subscription boxes. These days you can get almost anything sent to your doorstep in a subscription box. From the looks straight from the runway to the hottest beauty products to video games and toys, the subscription box market is overflowing with options for high-quality box services. The logistics behind subscription boxes […]

October 21, 2019
From the Runway to Your Closet: Shipping and Warehousing Fast Fashion

Fast fashion is a dominating trend in the retail supply chain. Fast fashion needs to get into stores and online quickly. When your business model moves quickly, your supply chain needs to move quickly, too. Sometimes called “fashion on demand,” fast fashion refers to clothing and home items that have vertical supply chains and are […]

October 21, 2019
Shipping Organic Beauty Products Quickly

Time is certainly of the essence for shipping organic beauty products quickly to customers waiting on a needed item. While the rush is on to get these products out to fulfill orders, there is a larger reason factoring into the equation. The components of organic beauty products often have a specified shelf life before it […]

October 21, 2019
How To Ship Batteries

Don’t let shipping batteries cause a short circuit in your logistics process. It is important to know the rules and regulations around shipping batteries. Make safe transportation part of your process by learning how to ship batteries. Batteries are the preferred energy source for many favorite consumer electronics. Cell phones, toys, laptops, tools, tablets and […]

October 21, 2019
How Kitting and Assembly Can Boost Your Business

Looking for an easy way to make the most of your fulfillment and distribution services? Kitting and assembly can offer you a cost effective solution. Give your customers better, quicker service and decrease delivery times by taking advantage of kitting and assembly services. Let R+L Global Logistics kitting and assembly services boost your business by […]

October 21, 2019
How Cosmetic Warehouses Distribute Products

The cosmetic industry is a vast market to include the vivid colors of lipstick and eyeshadow to the latest anti-aging cream. Whether a manufacturing customer needs pick and pack service, cross docking or kitting and assembly, how cosmetic warehouses distribute products is a task our team at R+L Global Logistics can help solve. Manufacturers of […]

October 21, 2019
Can Sunscreen Expire?

Can you use expired sunscreen after its expiration date? Can sunscreen expire or is it all a hoax to make the sunscreen companies more money? We’ve all wondered the same thing when we ponder whether or not to throw out our sunscreen or roll the dice with our skin. We’ll show you the process to […]

October 21, 2019
The Requirements of Supplement Fulfillment

Is your company abreast of growing trends in customer ordering behavior, such as supplement fulfillment? If you’ve never heard of supplement fulfillment, here’s a quick definition. It’s when a logistics company ships out vitamins, nutraceuticals and even some cosmetics to customers. Doing so is referred to as supplement fulfillment services. These services are a little […]

October 21, 2019
Get Holiday Ready with Kitting and Assembly Services

The holiday season might span November and December for shoppers, but the season lasts even longer for suppliers and retailers.  In fact, many retailers start prepping for the holidays in August and September. If you’re a supplier looking to get products into stores for the holidays, you need to be ready even earlier. One way […]

October 21, 2019
What is eCommerce Fulfillment?

Whether you are a new online retailer, or you manage a long-standing company or small business looking to sell goods online, trying to understand "what is eCommerce fulfillment?"can be a bit daunting. However, in today’s age, selling online is the best way to take your business to the next level. Your customers will appreciate the […]

October 21, 2019
The Benefits of Pick and Pack

Today, when you place an order for something online, it’s possible for it to arrive on your doorstep the same day. While drones and other technology advancements are to be thanked for that, what about the delivery speed of a logistics company? One such reason these companies can promise speed as well as efficiency is […]

October 21, 2019
Shipping Seasonal Home Decor

As more people make decorating for an upcoming holiday season a big production, the pressure is on for retailers tasked with shipping seasonal home decor in time for elaborate celebrations to those incorporating subtle accents. But, make no mistake, seasonal home decor is big business and retailers are usually planning two or three holidays in […]

October 21, 2019
Warehouse vs Distribution Center

If you’re new to the logistics industry you might not know where you should stand on the warehouse vs distribution center debate. We’ll show you the benefits of each and when you should use them.

October 21, 2019
Battery Shelf Life: What You Need to Know

It’s a fact. Battery shelf life is something you need to consider. You might know that batteries can deteriorate while they are in storage. Both rechargeable and disposable batteries need to be stored under special conditions. Don’t let expiring batteries short circuit your warehousing and fulfillment practices.  Battery shelf life has many considerations. Battery aging […]

October 21, 2019
Types of Warehouse Management Systems

Utilizing a Warehouse Management System is essential for any 3PL business dealing with physical goods or materials that must be transported to and from customers. Time is money, and you could be losing money if your employees don’t have an efficient system in place to manage warehouse operations. Determine which type of warehouse management system […]

October 21, 2019
Warehouse Equipment Checklist: What You Need to Know

Most warehouse managers have a warehouse equipment checklist. This list should serve as a guide that outlines must-have equipment to successfully run a warehouse operation. Even for seasoned warehouse managers though, some important equipment or details may be missing from their current list. The ideal warehouse equipment checklist should include: Safety equipment that meets OSHA […]

October 21, 2019
What is 3PL and How Does 3PL Work?

Is your ecommerce business growing? If so, you likely know that order fulfillment is an essential part of your operations. As your business increases and more orders start coming in, you might find that in-house fulfillment is no longer feasible. When this happens, you might consider outsourcing your fulfillment practice to a third-party logistics (3PL) […]

October 18, 2019
Don’t Go Obsolete: Consumer Electronics Fulfillment

Anyone selling consumer electronics online knows that fulfilling orders is the most difficult part. Consumer electronics fulfillment is complicated, since the electronics must be secure, properly packaged, and delivered quickly to prevent theft or damage. Additionally, if you don’t keep your store stocked with all the latest releases, you could risk becoming obsolete! Regardless of […]

October 17, 2019
How to Manage Warehouse Inventory

You may be struggling with how to manage warehouse inventory for your logistics company and don’t know where to begin in order to rectify the issues. A productive warehouse begins with knowing how to manage warehouse inventory. By using priority picking, reworking inefficient floorplans, adding labels to product inventory, implementing personal identification, and using quality […]

October 17, 2019
Cosmetics Fulfillment Best Practices

Business is starting to pick up with your line of cosmetics and you now need a fulfillment and distribution channel to keep things going in the right direction. However, you may not know the first thing about cosmetics fulfillment’s best practices. There are a number of best practices to consider when it comes to cosmetic […]

October 16, 2019
The Ins and Outs of Nutraceutical Fulfillment 

Roughly 84 percent of Americans consume vitamins, nutritional or dietary supplements daily, industries that process nutraceutical fulfillments have great responsibility across the globe. Health is a prioritized industry across the nation, with the high demand, it’s important for companies to have these products in warehouses ready to be processed.  When looking for nutraceutical fulfillment services, […]

October 16, 2019
How Retailers Handle Returns Through Reverse Logistics

If you run a retail or eCommerce store, then you know that how retailers handle returns through reverse logistics is a huge part of the industry. In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, retailers report that 11% of holiday purchases get returned each year. Although the holidays are the busiest time, retail returns are […]

October 15, 2019
Why Beauty Product Expiration Dates Matter in Inventory

The cosmetic industry is fast-paced and fresh looks call for fresh products. It's important to make sure your warehouse isn’t piling up expired beauty products that pose a danger to customers.

October 14, 2019
Tips to Maximize Kitting and Assembly

Strategies to maximize kitting and assembly can be troublesome without the right resources, but developing an efficient system can simplify distribution process. These procedures are common in fulfillment and distribution warehouses because they save manufacturers time and money. In fact, kitting is a critical aspect of the supply chain. A variety of products, ranging from […]

October 14, 2019
FIFO Procedures for Warehousing

If there’s one thing that’s true in warehousing, it’s that you need a strategy. You’ll find a number of different solutions available to you. The FIFO procedure is one way you can manage your warehouse. Learn more about this method and how to implement FIFO in your warehouse. Leverage the best warehouse strategy to meet […]

October 14, 2019
The Awe-Inspiring Benefits Of Reverse Logistics Management

There are numerous benefits of reverse logistics management. However, most people don’t really understand what this service is despite using it without realizing it. Reverse logistics management is used frequently and it benefits manufacturers the most.   The benefits of reverse logistics management come into play the most when a customer returns a manufacturer's product. By […]

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