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Fulfillment and Distribution Blog

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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January 23, 2020
A Complete Guide to Cross Docking Warehousing

If you are running a warehouse or a logistics supply line, you might want to consider cross docking warehousing. It’s important when working in the logistics industry and warehouse management that you keep processes efficient and fast. This ensures that you are offering the best solution to your customers and clients. At the same time, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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November 1, 2019
A Guide to 3PL Partners

Many businesses in today’s economy are utilizing a 3PL partner. For many industries, they are now pivotal for business success. If you’re looking for better online order fulfillment, warehouse management or distribution, you should look no further than a 3PL. No matter if you are a new business or a long-established business that’s looking for […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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October 21, 2019
Maximize the Speed of Cross Docking

Today as companies search for ways to get products to their customers faster, many are selecting to outsource shipping and opt for cross docking facilities. It’s a supply chain solution that is growing in popularity. Cross docking involves the arrival of inbound products which are then processed for waiting outbound trucks headed for final destination. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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October 21, 2019
What is Cross Docking in Warehousing and How Does it Help Your Business?

The world of warehousing and distribution is often fast paced, with the goal of quickly transferring freight. It takes a good logistics plan to make it all happen smoothly and keep everything moving. So what is cross docking and is it a good logistics solution for your business? In short, cross docking takes shipments from […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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October 21, 2019
Warehouse vs Distribution Center

To anyone outside of the Logistics Business, comparing a warehouse vs distribution center can be confusing, or even pointless. They look almost identical from the outside, and both deal with receiving, storing, and moving products around or out of the building. Big businesses use both warehouses and distribution centers to store inventory, but apart from […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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) […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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October 15, 2019
Why Beauty Product Expiration Dates Matter

No one wants to use anything that is no longer any good. Think about what could happen if you eat food that is past its prime. It is no longer appetizing. Now think about a beauty product expiration and what this could mean. Using that tube of lipstick, mascara or sunscreen no longer seems exciting, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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October 14, 2019
What is Reverse Logistics?

Reverse logistics is an important part of the supply chain and can be leveraged to improve your bottom line. Once you understand what is reverse logistics, you’ll be able to make the most of your supply chain process. What is reverse logistics? Reverse logistics refers to the return of goods. You’ll find that reverse logistics […]

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