Pros and Cons of Marketplace Platforms

So you’re a retailer. Where should you sell? In an established online marketplace, or in a store of your own? You can find an overview of all the various types of retail avenues here, but today we want to provide you with the pros and cons of all your options, so you can make the best choice for yourself and your business!  
So you’re a retailer. Where should you sell? In an established online marketplace, or in a store of your own? You can find an overview of all the various types of retail avenues here, but today we want to provide you with the pros and cons of all your options, so you can make the best choice for yourself and your business!   Online StorePROS: Ownership: If you own the store, you also own the traffic. This opens up new opportunities...
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Your Complete Guide to Shipping From Home

Ecommerce of all sizes involves a shipping component: if customers aren’t purchasing physical products in a physical store, they need a way to receive them somehow. Large companies have the benefit of warehouses and dedicated shipping teams or partnerships with large shipping organizations. But if you’re a small business, you might consider shipping from home as a viable option for order fulfillment—and it is, especially with the help of the MINI PAK’R and related products
Ecommerce of all sizes involves a shipping component: if customers aren’t purchasing physical products in a physical store, they need a way to receive them somehow. Large companies have the benefit of warehouses and dedicated shipping teams or partnerships with large shipping organizations. But if you’re a small business, you might consider shipping from home as a viable option for order fulfillment—and it is, especially with the help of the MINI PAK’R and related products.  Shipping products from home involves...
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Shipping Carrier Breakdown: USPS, UPS, and FedEx

So you want to ship from home. Which carrier is right for you? How do you choose? For those who are unsure where to start, we’ve compiled a handy guide to three of the most popular shipping carriers. Each of these major players - USPS, UPS, and FedEx - spend millions of dollars to [...]

So you want to ship from home. Which carrier is right for you? How do you choose? For those who are unsure where to start, we’ve compiled a handy guide to three of the most popular shipping carriers. Each of these major players – USPS, UPS, and FedEx – spend millions of dollars to gauge your opinion and gain your trust when it comes to shipping your package, from sponsoring Nascar stock cars to shelling out big bucks for Super...
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How to Streamline the Product Manufacturing Process

Sometimes the overall manufacturing process can slip through the cracks between product development and building a new business. Taking time to streamline the packaging and shipping processes and promoting communication between teams is crucial for your business to run smoothly. Streamlining your product assembly and design saves time, labor, and money. All it takes is [...]

Sometimes the overall manufacturing process can slip through the cracks between product development and building a new business. Taking time to streamline the packaging and shipping processes and promoting communication between teams is crucial for your business to run smoothly. Streamlining your product assembly and design saves time, labor, and money. All it takes is some planning, thinking ahead, and most importantly, communication. Without communication between your teams, no matter how small, the conveyor belt of all production will cease...
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Return of the Milkman?: The Future of Delivery

A recent Nielsen report on the future of grocery posed an intriguing question: Could the wave of the future be a blast from the past? Meet Your New Milkman From the report: “In the 1950s and ‘60s, home delivery of milk and other daily necessities was a staple for many families in North America and [...]

A recent Nielsen report on the future of grocery posed an intriguing question: Could the wave of the future be a blast from the past? Meet Your New Milkman From the report: “In the 1950s and ‘60s, home delivery of milk and other daily necessities was a staple for many families in North America and Europe. In some markets, the milkman never really went out of fashion. In India, for example, the concept of a merchant delivering groceries and household...
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Will Packaging Robots Make Humans Obsolete?

Since the dawn of automation, the media has been there to strike fear into the hearts of employees everywhere with claims that robots could take their job at any time. But how accurate are these claims? What does automation mean for the packaging industry - and for jobs currently filled by human beings? You've seen [...]

Since the dawn of automation, the media has been there to strike fear into the hearts of employees everywhere with claims that robots could take their job at any time. But how accurate are these claims? What does automation mean for the packaging industry – and for jobs currently filled by human beings? You’ve seen the stories from Fortune Magazine, The New York Times, and CNN with headlines like “Robots could take over 38% of U.S. jobs within 15 years.”...
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From Waste to Winner: The Reclaimed Plastics Economy

Plastic waste remains one of the largest global ecological issues, but earth-friendly entrepreneurs are increasing demand for reclaimed plastic to give it new life beyond the landfill. The production of plastic requires complex methods and costly equipment. It is mind-boggling to think that so much time, energy, and money is spent on something that ends [...]

 

Plastic waste remains one of the largest global ecological issues, but earth-friendly entrepreneurs are increasing demand for reclaimed plastic to give it new life beyond the landfill. The production of plastic requires complex methods and costly equipment. It is mind-boggling to think that so much time, energy, and money is spent on something that ends up doing more harm than good by polluting the ocean and filling up landfills. Every year, 8 million tons of plastic waste finds its way...
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The Value of the Internet of Things

During an industry shake-up, those who emerge successfully are those who harness the benefits of new trends better than their competition. As technological innovation continues to proliferate every sector, so too do the connections between the hardware we’ve grown reliant on. The "Internet of Things" is an intricately woven spider web of networks. Knowing how [...]

 

During an industry shake-up, those who emerge successfully are those who harness the benefits of new trends better than their competition. As technological innovation continues to proliferate every sector, so too do the connections between the hardware we’ve grown reliant on. The “Internet of Things” is an intricately woven spider web of networks. Knowing how to make use of it will be one of the driving forces in business for years to come. The term Internet of Things (or simply...
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What is Google Express?

In a recent post, we mentioned Google Express as an up-and-coming challenger to Amazon’s tight grasp on ecommerce in the U.S. Despite Google’s own ubiquitous brand, many consumers either haven’t heard of it or don’t know how it works. Google is a household name. It’s a noun, a verb, and likely your browser homepage. Publicity [...]

In a recent post, we mentioned Google Express as an up-and-coming challenger to Amazon’s tight grasp on ecommerce in the U.S. Despite Google’s own ubiquitous brand, many consumers either haven’t heard of it or don’t know how it works. Google is a household name. It’s a noun, a verb, and likely your browser homepage. Publicity is fantastic; getting your company name accepted into the Oxford Dictionary as a synonym for ‘search’ is an entrepreneur’s wildest dream. For years, Google has...
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Helping Honey: The Logistics of Saving Bees

Everyone needs food. When getting it is as simple as a short drive down to the supermarket, it’s easy to forget that starvation is a very real problem in the world, and it won’t take much to bring it to our doorstep. Enter bees. With their integral role in agriculture, we need to take an [...]

Everyone needs food. When getting it is as simple as a short drive down to the supermarket, it’s easy to forget that starvation is a very real problem in the world, and it won’t take much to bring it to our doorstep. Enter bees. With their integral role in agriculture, we need to take an active role in their survival, because it is inextricably tied to ours. The value of the honey bee to agriculture can’t be overstated. According to...
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Microtags: The Dust-Sized Future of Packaging Security

TruTag Technologies is making the tiniest anti-counterfeiting product to hit the market yet. Aptly called microtags, these dust-sized particles can be incorporated into almost anything and carry their own unique digital signature. It’s another miniature step towards a safer world for product and package alike. As we know, counterfeiting is a major worldwide problem, and [...]

 

TruTag Technologies is making the tiniest anti-counterfeiting product to hit the market yet. Aptly called microtags, these dust-sized particles can be incorporated into almost anything and carry their own unique digital signature. It’s another miniature step towards a safer world for product and package alike. As we know, counterfeiting is a major worldwide problem, and it’s extremely difficult for a large-scale business to detect these items before they reach the hands of the consumer. Be it clothing or pharmaceuticals, few...
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Cities Turn to Drones, Delivery Bikes to Make Last M...

Traditional delivery trucks are the backbone of the modern delivery business for good reason. They’re built to haul large amounts of cargo over long distances, and they do their job well. However, as urban centers become ever more congested, and online shopping becomes more popular, the drawbacks to these vehicles are becoming ever more obvious. [...]

Traditional delivery trucks are the backbone of the modern delivery business for good reason. They’re built to haul large amounts of cargo over long distances, and they do their job well. However, as urban centers become ever more congested, and online shopping becomes more popular, the drawbacks to these vehicles are becoming ever more obvious. Sending a large truck through densely packed streets with limited parking creates more greenhouse gases and slows delivery times. Add more orders every year, and...
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