9 Ways Blockchain Will Affect the Shipping Industry

ways blockchain will affect shipping industry

 

Despite seemingly constant technological advancements impacting just about every industry imaginable, the shipping industry still relies heavily on traditional processes. In the modern world, many of these processes are downright archaic and fail to sufficiently meet the needs of the companies involved in the supply chain. Most shipping transactions numerous documents, including charter party agreements, sales contracts, bills of lading, letters of credit, port documents, etc. They pass through several hands as cargo makes its way from its point of origin to its final destination, and keeping track of all that paperwork can be quite difficult. The procedure is extremely time-consuming, and vessels commonly arrive at discharge ports prior to the arrival of certain important documents. Continue reading…


Important Lessons Small Businesses Can Learn from Recent Brick-and-Mortar Bankruptcies

 

It seems like every day a new brick-and-mortar retailer is filing for bankruptcy every time you turn on the news. With once-popular brands like Toys “R” Us, The Bon Ton, Claire’s, Teavana and several others falling victim to difficult economic times and a surge in the popularity of online shopping, many small businesses fear becoming the next statistic in a never-ending stream of failed businesses. Continue reading…


Single vs. Double Wall Custom Boxes

Choosing the right boxes for packaging is vital. There are several options from which to choose, and the prices vary just as much as the features. While you may be inclined to choose the lowest priced option to reduce your shipping costs, doing so could result in products being damaged during transit. Using the wrong packaging materials could also lead to a lot of unnecessary frustration and wasted time.   Continue reading…


What Can Small Businesses Learn from the Amazon Giant?

 

Small businesses have much to learn from the most successful online retailer in the history of e-commerce, Amazon. Their success can be attributed to good decision-making in the most common functional areas of a business including sales, marketing, finance and accounting, customer service, human resources, research and development and distribution. However, it all starts with the customer. Continue reading…


Fulfillment Spotlight: Biodegradable Materials

Packing materials are prevalent in daily life. With the rise of online shipping, more and more people are receiving everything from electronics and toys to food and clothing via the mail or another package carrier. All those packages come with a lot of packing material which can dramatically reduce waste for the average American. In many instances, packing materials end up in landfills where they could take hundreds of years to decompose. By switching to biodegradable materials for your shipping and packing needs, you can reduce the amount of waste your company creates and reduce your impact on the environment. Biodegradable shipping materials have become increasingly common, and they are a popular alternative to less environmentally friendly options. Continue reading…


Most Popular Subscription Boxes of 2017

Subscription boxes are more popular than ever before.

Thanks to the internet and the option to ship items at a lower cost than was previously possible using corrugated boxes, consumers can now purchase high-quality products on a subscription basis at a relatively low cost and have them delivered directly to their doorstep without requiring ongoing delivery arrangements. Continue reading…


Supply Chain Challenges to be Aware Of

This is a guest post from Unleashed Software.

Unleashed Software is a powerful cloud-based inventory management tool that allows businesses to accurately manage their inventory in real-time. Unleashed allows you to easily and accurately track stock in real-time across various locations for visibility on all inventory management processes and transactions. With such dynamic inventory information, businesses are able to make better data-driven business decisions. Continue reading…


How Innovation in Automation is Shaping the Supply Chain

This is a guest post from Unleashed Software.

Unleashed Software is a powerful cloud-based inventory management tool that allows businesses to accurately manage their inventory in real-time. Unleashed allows you to easily and accurately track stock in real-time across various locations for visibility on all inventory management processes and transactions. With such dynamic inventory information, businesses are able to make better data-driven business decisions. Continue reading…