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For most warehouses, the peak season isn't until the last quarter of the year. That's when retailers start filling their inventory levels for the holidays and when people start actively shopping online. That doesn't mean that distribution centers can wait until that time to start their prep work. Here at Overflo, we are already getting ready for the demand to come.

Here is a look at why warehouses should start preparing for peak season now and what we're doing to improve the experiences for our customers.

Order fulfillment plays a direct role in customer satisfaction. If the picking, packing, and shipping are not done to a certain standard, the customer could lose faith in your company. In order to keep your success going strong, check out these four ways to improve customer satisfaction with order fulfillment.

Millennials are the latest generation of adults. They're young, they're tech savvy, and they're ready to take on the world. What do these smartphone-based shoppers have to do with the retail industry? Absolutely everything. Millennials have a major impact on every element of retail, from the way items are displayed in stores to the way warehouses adapt to their shopping habits.
Let's take a closer look at the influence Millennials have on merchants and distribution centers alike.

Kickstarter campaigns are becoming increasingly popular as Americans seek out new innovations to enhance and enrich their lives. Everything from a smartphone compatible wallet to a funny board game has been sold on Kickstarter and similar startup ecommerce sites. If you are planning to launch a product on there in the near future, you need to plan for the aftermath of the campaign. What will you do when the sales finally come in? How will you handle the storage and shipment of your products?
This guide will provide valuable distribution and order fulfillment tips for Kickstarter sellers to help you have a successful launch.

One of the biggest reasons people hesitate about getting order fulfillment services is because they do not want to lose control of their business. They fear that allowing someone else to take over their picking, packing and shipping will keep them out of the loop. In all reality, you still maintain control of your business even if you outsource order fulfillment to a third party provider. We'll show you how…

In the world of warehousing and distribution, efficiency and productivity are crucial to the overall success of a business. Not only does this impact the success of the actual warehouse, but it also influences the success of the clients relying on the warehouse for storage and order fulfillment. One of the keys to maximizing productivity levels is to have the proper training strategies in place. Here are some examples of how good warehouse training can help employees do better at their jobs.

"How much money does order fulfillment cost?" This is one of the most common questions we get when people contact our warehouse about storage and shipping services. As much as we would love to provide a generic answer about order fulfillment pricing, the fact is that every client has completely different needs. Those needs determine what they pay for order fulfillment and what order services we can bundle into their plan for them.

For the second year in a row, there were more online shoppers over Thanksgiving weekend than there were retail store shoppers in America. Translation: Americans are relying more and more on the internet to get the best deals for their holiday purchases.

The holidays are a stressful time for warehouses and order fulfillment companies. This is the busiest shopping season of the year, causing distribution centers to hire extra laborers to pick, pack, and ship orders out to customers. What makes a good seasonal order picker? What should a warehouse look for when hiring this type of person to join their team? Those are the questions we will answer in this holiday warehousing guide.

November 29, 2016

What Is a Freight Broker?

The logistics industry requires the work of countless transporters, pickers, order fulfillers, managers, drivers, and more. Freight brokers are among the employees who help items get from a seller to a customer. What is a freight broker, and how can you choose the right broker for your business? This guide will provide an overview of what a freight broker does so you can have a better understanding of this position.

The term "order fulfillment" covers a wide range of services your business could benefit from. Every step involved with receiving, processing, or delivering an order can be called order fulfillment. Some steps must be adjusted to fit the specific needs of the client or customer receiving the order, but most of them remain the same across the board. Here we will explore what order fulfillment looks like from start to finish so you can get a better understanding of this process.

If you are searching for a third party logistics provider, you may be looking at warehouses across multiple states. Some of these may be better suited for you than others based on their proximity to your customers and their overall efficiency. Overflo is located in Baltimore, Maryland, a premium place for shipping, receiving, transporting, and more.

Reducing your overhead is an essential step in running a successful business. The more money you can save in expenses, the more you have to invest in other areas of corporate development. Whether you run a small ecommerce business or a large retail store, you can save money with third party logistics. In this guide, we will go over some of the many ways 3PL can cut your costs so you can take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

When you start exploring the world of warehousing, you will hear the term "inventory management" a lot. While the basic definition of this term is fairly explanatory (it involves the management of the inventory for your business), there are a variety of services that may fall under the umbrella of inventory management. In this guide, we will take a look at what warehousing inventory management really is and the different types of services you can get along the way.

October 10, 2016

Types Of Logistics Services

The logistics industry is vast. It covers a wide range of services that all have an impact on how a product gets from the maker to the recipient. No matter where your business fits in the production and shipment line, it's always a good idea to get a feel for how a product gets from Point A to Point B. Here we will explore different types of logistics services and how they may impact your business or customers.

The holidays are quickly approaching, which means that retailers need to start stocking up for the big shopping days. If you have not already talked to your warehouse about your storage options, now is the time to see what extra space will be available for you and how you can make the transition before the end of the year.

Logistics has its own special jargon, just like any other industry. Whether you want to work in transportation or you just want to know a little more about the shipping process, it would be wise to learn about common freight hauling terms and definitions. The short dictionary below will give you the introduction you need to be better versed in freight hauling.

It's never too early to prepare for Black Friday. With more Americans shopping online for Thanksgiving weekend every year, it's important to be ready for the mad rush of orders that may be coming in the near future. Don't wait until the last minute to get your facility ready. Check out these early warehouse preparations for Black Friday.

There are a number of containers used in the shipping industry for the transportation of goods and products. As part of the logistics process, it's important to figure out which container is best suited for each shipment's specific needs. Let's take a look at the most common types of shipping containers and their uses.

Truck drivers play a pivotal role in the shipping industry. They are the ones responsible for getting products from one place to another in a safe, secure and timely manner. The term "trucker" covers a wide span of jobs in warehousing and distribution, more so than most people realize. In the discussion below, we will go over each of these trucking jobs in greater detail so you can determine if one of them is right for you.

Online shopping has revolutionized the way people spend money in the modern world. Last year, consumers spent a whopping $4.45 billion for online purchases on Black Friday and Thanksgiving Day alone. Whether you run a small store online or a large chain or retail websites, you could benefit from outsourcing your eCommerce order fulfillment. Let's take a look at just some of the many advantages that come from trusting your warehouse with your order fulfillment.

Shopping around for the perfect warehouse and distribution center can be overwhelming. There are so many factors to keep in mind, from pricing to flexibility to location and more. Here at Overflo, we take pride in providing every one of our customers with the storage and order fulfillment services they need. Here are six tips for selecting the perfect warehouse so you can make sure you work with the right company from the start.

Every industry comes with its own jargon – words and abbreviations that have a special meaning when used in a specific context. These terms change and expand with new technology and other industry developments, so it's important to freshen up your knowledge.

Efficiency is a crucial part of the order fulfillment process. It ensures that products get to their destinations on time without sacrificing the quality of the packing, shipping, and arrival of the order.

Have you been debating whether or not to entrust your warehousing to a third party logistics company like Overflo?

In the modern world, cybersecurity and warehouse management have to work hand in hand.

Truck drivers and shippers spend nearly half their day on the road, sometimes for weeks at a time.

Spring and summer are the peak shipping periods for fresh produce. This creates a high demand for shippers throughout the country, which has a ripple-effect on companies throughout the shipping industry.

Delivery by drones was once considered a concept of the future, but recent developments from Amazon and Google have made these much closer to reality.

American warehouses have been storing imported products for decades now, as companies seek to reduce their labor expenses by sending their work overseas.

Positivity plays a large role in worker productivity. Positive work environments encourage team members and team leaders to do their jobs at optimum efficiency.

Drivers are the heart of the shipping industry. They are the ones that are in charge of getting products between destinations in a timely manner.

Order fulfillment is the driving force behind customer satisfaction. It determines how and when people receive their products.

It's spring cleaning time, which means it's out with the old and in with the new for your warehouse.

Uber has revolutionized the way people "hail a taxi" in today's society, giving everyday drivers a chance to earn money by picking people up and taking them to their desired destinations.

Freight consolidation has become a "norm" in today's warehouses and distribution centers because of the increased demand for consumer-level products.

The concept of "supply chain visibility" has become increasingly important in warehouses and distribution centers in America.

If you only have a small warehouse space to work with, you may feel limited in your storage and money-making capabilities.

Do you have old inventory in your warehouse that you don't know what to do with?

A warehouse should run like a well-oiled machine, with every part in perfect working order.

Wireless technology has transformed the way the world works. Land lines have been replaced with cell phones.

The "go green" initiative has been around since 2002, pushing individuals and corporations alike to reduce their carbon footprints and make their operations more eco-friendly.

The "go green" initiative has been around since 2002, pushing individuals and corporations alike to reduce their carbon footprints and make their operations more eco-friendly.

The "go green" initiative has been around since 2002, pushing individuals and corporations alike to reduce their carbon footprints and make their operations more eco-friendly.

If someone says "I work in a warehouse," he or she could be referring to a wide range of jobs.

Communication is a critical component of any business management strategy, but it is particularly important in the world of order fulfillment.

Forklifts are some of the most common pieces of equipment in a warehouse, capable of moving large, heavy pallets of products across the workspace in a short amount of time.....

Any business that sells products to customers has the option of offering a backordering process....

Having an efficient warehouse means nothing if there is no safety protocol to go along with it....

Black Friday 2015 was unlike any other. There was a major shift in the way consumers purchased products during the biggest sales season of the year, and this shift could transform shipping and order management for years to come....

From a logical standpoint, it makes sense to organize a warehouse based on product type.....

By now, you've probably set (and broken) numerous personal New Year's resolutions . That doesn't mean you should neglect the needs of your warehouse.....

At the store level of supply chain management, workers are now required to handle new tasks because of the way customers place orders and process returns....

Consumers have a stronger impact on supply chain management now than ever before. Changes in the way people order and receive products in the modern world have forced distribution centers to adjust their shipping methods and streamline their inventory management programs....

Outsourcing your order fulfillment services can save you time, money, and stress when it comes to packing and processing orders for your business.....

Dec 14, 2015

Order Fulfillment FAQs

If you have never explored the idea of outsourcing your order fulfillment services, you may have a lot of questions about how the process works and how you can benefit from it.....

Technology is changing the way warehouses operate in the modern world. There are a number of inventory management systems on the market nowadays, and many of them use RFID technology to operate.....

Your warehouse employees should go through regular training to ensure they understand how to use the tools and equipment you use in your facility.....

If you need warehousing and logistics to run your business, you have the option of taking over these tasks on your own or outsourcing it to a company like Overflo....

Whether you're an online retailer or a local store with an overflow of inventory, chances are you've already invested in warehousing to cover holiday shopping demands....

If you choose to use third party logistics for your business , there are some steps you can take to maximize the benefits you get from this relationship....

You may not have a need for a lot of warehousing space at the moment, but that could change in the next few years....

Small business owners must handle a difficult balance of cost versus need when managing their inventory levels....

In the distribution industry drayage services are used to transport goods over a short distance, usually in a single work shift....

Your customer satisfaction is defined by your deliveries. Buyers do not care what obstacles you may encounter along the way....

Food warehousing is a breed all its own. It's one thing for a warehouse to house plastic and wood products, but it's another thing entirely for the warehouse to support food people will eat in the future....

Third Party Logistics, also known as TPL or 3PL, is a process that involves outsourcing your storage and distribution services to another company.  You rent out a portion of a warehouse that matches your personal needs, and the 3PL provider takes care of...

The warehouse you choose to work with will have a major impact on your customer satisfaction levels, more so than you may realize. Your business can either thrive or fall, depending on the efficiency, experience, and care your distribution center provides for you. Before you settle for the first warehouse you come across, you may want to learn about the various ways this company will impact your customer satisfaction.

Fulfillment services are common in the world of warehousing, even though they different greatly from warehouse to warehouse.

How to determine if you need warehouse management services

your inventory management should be as flawless as your business itself...

The benefits of using public warehouses

The benefits of using public warehouses

Small business retailers understand the unique dilemma of growth in sales and limited inventory space.

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