Is Your Warehouse Ready for 2021?

This year has been a big ball of change for much of our world.  The United States economy has completely changed and the way we do business has shifted into a whole new realm of shopping and buying.  People are now buying online out of necessity or in some cases even law.  It is a wild situation we are in thanks to the regulations put in place due to COVID-19 but there are some things you can do to make sure your company is staying ahead of the curve.  I have been working with a lot of businesses and they are all making changes to their warehouse to stay relevant and to stay on top of this crisis.  I know some things will not apply to everyone, but most of the changes are revolving around their shipping supplies and their ability to be able to be a more efficient business.  That is important when millions of new companies are jumping into eCommerce and you may be one of them.  So let’s go over a few things to make sure you are aware of some easy changes that can save a whole lot of money.

The first and most important thing is to make sure you are ready for getting your products to your customer.  This is a part that many people think they know the best or understand more than others.  The truth is that I have seen more companies struggle on the simple logistics side of getting products to buyers more than anything.  I have also seen more companies fail in this area and turn to bankruptcy because they refused to make changes or take just a few hours out to look for better deals.  When it comes to finding the best prices on your shipping supplies you must not settle for the easiest route. 

What is really happening is companies are moving from brick and mortar to eCommerce and they are slightly aware of packaging.  They have purchased small amounts of boxes, bags, and tape from the same company for years.  They are generally charged a large amount more than they should be and when they go to buy in bulk they get really hurt due to that huge upsell in prices. This sounds simple, but it happens over and over again and these guys who have been with teh same company for so long just think their prices are fine or ok.

The flip side to this is that a new company just orders all their stuff on Amazon.  It is simple to do this and fast, but the issue is that they are losing at a minimum of 10-15% every single item they purchase because Amazon takes that percent right off the top.  The truth is that if you shop and find the manufacturer or the major packaging stores online you can save a bundle of money by getting not only the correct products for yourself and your warehouse but at the best price with actual advice going behind them.  

These companies have departments that are ready to help you find the right item for your product.  They want you to ship the best so you ship more and buy more from them.  It is a win-win situation and you won’t get that from any other location at the best price. C