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shipping tax

When it comes to business, working with shipping tax can be a nightmare. The tax that’s placed on shipping goods around the U.S. can be expensive, and not knowing how to navigate the waters can place your business in choppy waters.

As someone who might be new on the scene, you’ll want to know everything there is to know about how the taxing system works. For business veterans, you’ll want to know how to turn the tide to your advantage.

So what do you need to do? Simple – start by learning more about how your shipping taxes work.

In this article, we help you to do just that by bringing out all the little knick-knacks and need-to-knows about taxable shipping. By the time you finish reading this, you’ll be the master of sales taxes.

Rule #1: Nexus Will Confuse You

The first thing you need to know is that Nexus is the god of shipping taxes. The second thing you need to know is that it is a very fickle one.

To determine whether or not you need to collect sales tax for in-state and/or out-of-state transactions require you to go through Nexus. Nexus is the mediator between the seller (i.e. you) and the jurisdiction that issues the sales tax.

This sounds like it’s easy to sum up, but trust us – it is a much bigger pain than you think.

For traditional shipping, there is already a nuisance involved with Nexus, but for e-commerce sellers it can be a downright tragedy.

For starters, Nexus itself is constantly changing its personal motto. It also varies greatly between states, so one thing that may be acceptable in, say, Wisconson, may not be as welcome in good ol’ South Carolina.

In fact, with every new affiliate, distributor, or independent agent, Nexus continues to shift.

Many states are also placing sales tax obligations on the internet companies called “click-through Nexus”, but they’re being so sneaky about it that some companies are caught off guard and have no idea what they’ve been hit with.

Currently, the list of states that use click-through Nexus includes Arkansas, California, Maine, Illinois, and Missouri, just to name a few.

If you live in one of these states, keep an eye out for foul play. If not, be ready in case Nexus laws dump something you don’t like onto your table. Look into the business laws of your state to find out what you’re up against.

Rule #2: State Rules for Shipping Tax are Pretty Bad, Too

As if Nexus weren’t bad enough, the states themselves are a pain in the neck with shipping taxes as well.

The good thing is, you can find out do you pay tax on shipping by simply looking up the regulations of each state.

Most states usually consider shipping charges as a part of taxable activity despite whether or not sales tax is a part of the price (the list is long, but just know the majority of states are on it).

For the minority of the states who wish to be different (sorry, not sorry) shipping charges are not taxable if they’re included in the price.

There are a few states, such as Oregon and Alaska, that refuse to join either side and opt to do their own thing instead. Check to see if you do business in one of these states and find out what their policy is.

Rule #3: Box Size Still Counts Towards It

We know you were all wondering what happened to shipping prices on boxes. Trust us, they’re not going anywhere.

Shipping taxes on boxes can be pretty difficult to understand as well. First off, there’s the fact that you have to choose between multiple carriers, and each carrier has a specific price they’ll pay per pound.

There’s also this new shipping fad called Dimensional Weight Pricing that some carriers are using, which allows them to charge the weight price based off of the dimensions of the box (yes, it confused us, too).

Boxes are usually given a shipping tax that is directly related to the size and weight. Bigger companies may catch a break depending on what they sell and how many they ship off, but in any case it will be high unless you buy in bulk.

This leads to another point with shipping…

Rule #4: Draw up Contracts with Carriers

Carriers like FedEx and UPS are awesome companies for shipping purposes, but just like any business they can be a little frustrating to work with in B2B relations.

First and foremost, do NOT rely on the company’s standard contract. As enticing as it may seem to have them take care of all the fine print, they will make sure to put their business first.

This means that the contract will be unilateral, and besides the actual act of shipping your goods for you, you really won’t benefit much from it.

If you really want to work with the big guys, take time to sit down with FedEx or UPS and hash out a contract with them.

This not only shows that you’re serious about your business relationship and goals, but that you also care about the overall well-being of your company.

Plus, after you successfully craft a contract, you can be happy knowing you have a powerful carrier on your side to help you reach your goals, instead of trying to go it alone.

The Best in Courier Services

Trying to understand and work with shipping tax can be a problem for any business. If you work with us, that would be the least of your concerns.

When you use us for your shipping purposes, you can rest assured knowing things will be done right. We offer a whole list of courier services, including rush courier, pre-scheduled routed delivery, air freight, and so much more.

As someone who’s been in the courier business for many years, we can assure you that we offer the best service in the Miami and Fort Lauderdale areas for the best price, and we know how to keep our clients happy.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out; your satisfaction is our top priority. We hope to hear from you soon.


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Lab courier

Have you ever been outside a doctor’s office and saw a big box attached to the door? It’s not a cash box or a mailbox. It’s a box full of specimens that need to go for testing.

Depending on the clinic this could be blood, urine, or skin samples. Anything biohazardous gets properly packaged and put in this box.

Then, a courier comes and picks up the samples to take them to the testing lab. If it’s a sexual health clinic, these may be pregnancy test or blood panels.

The person who transports the specimens is the lab courier. Here’s a little bit more about what they do.

Who Can Be A Lab Courier?

About anyone can be a lab courier, as long as they’re trustworthy and up for the job. It’s not as easy as driving around and delivering packages.

The species need to be well taken care of, which sometimes means keeping them at body temperature. Once the lab courier picks up the specimens, they need to make sure they have all the information they need to process the samples.

This includes double checking at the clinic and making sure they go to the right spots once they arrive at the lab.

Lab couriers need a good driving record and attention to detail. They have to keep multiple deliveries organized at the same time and are responsible for the validity of the samples.

You also need knowledge of data handling policies, like HIPPA. You’re handling people’s samples and their very private health data.

Sharing anything you learn or see on the job about patients is highly illegal and a reason for termination.

What’s a Day in the Life Like?

If you’re interested in becoming a lab courier or are just curious, here’s what a typical day looks like.

The courier goes to the lab and picks up product refills and the company van. They make sure they have everything they need for the delivery, including safe transport stations.

They then check their orders for the day and pick up the samples from a series of stops. The courier must keep the samples separate, so that urine from Clinic A doesn’t go to Clinic B.

Once they’re collected the samples they have on the agenda for the day, they take them back to the laboratory. At the lab, they file each sample under the right clinic and make sure they’re organized into the correct tests.

In the case that a specimen needs air-delivery, the courier makes sure it gets to the plane safely. They package the specimen, so it goes unharmed and sets up or communicates with a courier at the other end.

That courier receives the sample and takes it to the lab where it goes for testing.

Restocking

Some lab couriers act as lab assistants, restocking any supplies the clinic orders through the company. This may be sample cups, labels, or medical swabs.

Whatever’s necessary for them to hand in properly collected samples.

If the clinic staff had an issue with past deliveries or questions, the courier could act as a messenger. That depends on the service and the size of their staff.

Consistency

If a courier picks up from the same clinic every day, they need to make sure their timing is consistent. Knowing when samples are picked up helps the clinic staff know when to schedule which appointments.

It also gives them a better idea of when results will come back, which they can pass on to patients.

Many couriers establish friendly relationships with client staff. It’s not unlike your always-home neighbor and a friendly mailman.

Why Use Couriers?

In short, couriers extend the viability of a sample by making sure it stays in peak condition. If someone leaves a vial of urine in a box in the hot sun – tests may come out differently.

The importance of keeping samples viable is vast. It’s the difference between delivering someone a correct and trustworthy test result and getting a foggy maybe.

Without well-treated samples, test results come out wrong or test differently. The same enzymes or cells someone’s testing for can get damaged by heat, time or lack of oxygen.

This wastes the patients time, their money, the clinic’s time and money – it’s bad news all around.

What to Look For in a Courier Company

If you’re a clinic looking for a new lab testing service, you want to check a few things. What are the lab’s certifications? Check who carries out or oversees lab tests.

Do they have double testing or risk reduction strategies in place to guard against false results? Imagine telling a woman she’s not pregnant, when in fact, she is.

If the result is inconclusive, what’s the lab’s policy? How soon can they alert you so you can get the patient in for a new sample?

What’s the timing you can expect? When do your clinic samples need to be ready by? Most courier services come around end-of-day, but what if you have extended hours?

If they pick up after you close, what options do they provide you with to store the specimens? Do they give you a lock box or a cooler of some sort?

What happens if a specimen gets lost or damaged? How does the company go about that process?

These are all relevant questions that you should ask a potential company. It could be the difference between a life and death diagnosis, depending on your niche.

Lab Courier Tips

If you’ve just hired a new lab courier, congratulations! Take a moment (they’re in a hurry) to get to know them when they come by.

Introduce yourself and the people the courier will most likely interact with. Most couriers run the same route daily, so you’ll be seeing them often!

Need a new company? Check out our services. Give us the test to see if we’re the right fit for you.


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expedited shipping

When it comes to purchasing goods online, there’s always an agency that’s going to ship what you bought at varying rates.

There are types of shipping, and you’ve probably heard about ‘expedited shipping’. When you don’t have time to waste, you might consider it since time is a valuable thing.

But, what’s expedited shipping exactly? Read on to find out!

What Is Expedited Shipping?

Expedited shipping is when a particular parcel is prioritized over others, improving its delivery speed.

There are different routes used to accomplish such orders.

Expedited shipping trucks rarely stop on their way too. With bigger companies, they might use a huge truck and hire two drivers to decrease transit time. Of course, there are other ways when it comes to international shipping.

What Is the Difference Between Standard and Expedited Shipping?

Companies don’t usually use ‘standard’ and ‘expedited’.

DHL has ‘expedited’ and ‘overnight’ mail. USPS has ‘first class’ and ‘priority’ mail. FedEx has ‘ground’ and ‘express’ mail.

All of these mean different things, so companies usually explain them thoroughly.

Amazon’s expedited is different than eBay’s. It’s important to know the difference because it might make you wait longer than anticipated.

For standard shipping, the seller would use post air mail and will take 1-3 weeks for main countries. It will take longer for other countries. There’s also a tracking number, so you can track it online and know where it is.

For expedited shipping, the seller would use DHL, FedEx, or a local courier, which would take 3-7 days to reach the buyer’s house. Of course, a tracking number will be provided too.

Why Should You Consider It?

It’s assumed that fresh and/or fragile items are the only products that need to be distributed quickly. But, there are many products that require expedited delivery.

These include the following:

  • technology items
  • clothing and accessories
  • batteries
  • manufacturing materials
  • books and many other items

The biggest benefit of expedited shipping is the guaranteed time. Shippers having precise schedules.

However, the guaranteed delivery outweighs the value of poor customer service. If you need something in the fastest time possible, expedited shipping is the way to go.

A great benefit of choosing expedited shipping is that there are fewer touch points. It means that there are fewer chances of something getting broken on the way.

You’re not only guaranteed time, but also other things. It may include:

  1. On-time delivery of your most important shipments
  2. Careful calculations of departure and arrival times
  3. Reliable pick-up services
  4. Step-by-step package tracking

How Does It Work?

You might be curious about how companies can ship goods overnight or in a couple of days.

You can ship a package from Miami, Florida to Anchorage, Alaska overnight. UPS and FedEx have massive shipping infrastructures and far more space at airports than commercial flights get. The result is that your packages can fly from airport to airport way easier than you can.

FedEx’s superhub is located in Memphis International Airport, United States. How the FedEx superhub works is that every night, about 150 planes fly in from all around the world. That happens between the hours of 10 pm to 1 am.

Immediately upon arrival, the planes are unloaded. Then, their packages are put into the hub’s automated sorting system. Within only 15 minutes, each package arrives at a staging area for its next flight. It’s already loaded into their suitable and right containers.

Planes, therefore, can start taking off again at 2 am and continue to until 4 am. It means that everywhere in the US can have a FedEx plane arriving by 6 am.

There are some destinations that don’t ship enough packages. To get to small towns fast, FedEx runs flights in small planes from the destinations of their larger jets. They then reach their destination and hand out the packages to the trucks who will ship them out to the buyer.

Packages are transferred from planes, to smaller planes, to trucks to reach their destination. FedEx works really hard and fast to meet both the buyer’s and seller’s requirements.

All of this happens while we are sleeping!

Extra: Tips for Sellers

As a seller, it’s important to have excellent customer service and satisfaction.

One of the ways to achieve that is to expand your options by offering expedited shipping, for example. That’ll act as an incentive for the customer to order your goods because it’ll arrive by the time they need it. It makes products more attractive for them in a way since they have a control over their buying patterns.

You should also understand the terms used.

Expedited may not mean the fastest. In many cases, it could be a ‘level’ up from standard shipping if overnight shipping is available. Make sure to make your shipping options stated and clear as much as possible to avoid mishaps.

If you’re selling in a marketplace like Amazon or eBay, be familiar with the terms used. Buyers often use ‘overnight’ shipping when requesting expedited shipping. As a seller, you should make sure of that so your customer’s package would arrive on the time they’re expecting it to be.

If you don’t, you’ll end up losing customers and receiving bad reviews. People who pay for expedited shipping are in urgent need of that good.

You should be responsible enough to deliver that. It’s not just ‘normal’ people who pay for such shipping. Companies who need inventory when they’re out of stock and there’s huge demand.

Communication is very important too. You should be clear and concise when describing the shipping options you offer. Which carrier you chose, the cost, when you’ll ship and the expedited shipping time frame. If you only ship your goods every two days or only on weekdays, make sure to state that.

You Need Expedited Shipping Services

Hopefully, you were able to understand the difference between expedited and standard shipping. As stated before, it’s important to understand the terms used before buying and/or selling goods.

If you need a quote on your next expedited shipping order, reach out to us now.


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warehouse operations

Warehouses operations are among the fastest-growing real estate opportunities in the US. In the Miami-Dade industrial market alone, more than 108 leases were signed in the first quarter of 2018.

That means 108 new places of employment opened up within three months. Warehouses continue to grow and expand. Distributors working out of these spaces need to ensure that product moves in and out of the warehouse quickly and efficiently.

However, warehouses are full of heavy machinery and towering pallets of merchandise. How do distributors and other users ensure the safety of workers as the world becomes bigger, faster, and more dangerous around them?

With a few warehouse management tips, the warehouse floor will go from hectic to harmonious.

The Dos And Dont’s Of Warehouse Operations

Following these seven tips will help your warehouse run as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Your employees and customers alike will thank you for it!

1. Keep Track of Inventory

Cycle counts can make an inventory review less intimidating and less error-prone. Instead of conducting an inventory of everything in the warehouse at once, break the inventory into categories. Count all of the paper in the warehouse one day and all of the pencils the next.

Computerized inventory tracking systems are also a handy tool. An automated system can reduce the possibility of human error in an inventory count and eliminate tedious hours spent tracking stock by hand.

For the tech-savvy, warehouse management systems coordinate inventory management with transportation, order management, and shipping tools. Many are accessible via mobile or desktop and can be customized to fit the needs of a business.

2. Have a System of Organization

Inventory informs the warehouse layout best practices: the rules of how to organize the space. Without an accurate picture of current stock, it’s difficult to tell which items are selling well and which have been sitting on a shelf for months. Rearrange the floor so that popular items are easily accessible and off-season or unpopular items don’t take up valuable space.

Good organization also means ensuring that stock is properly stored and not crowding aisles or blocking walkways. It’s easy to trip over a stray box, but those accidents can be avoided with a little housekeeping.

3. Forecast Inventory Needs

Another benefit of a good inventory tracking system is a record of product trends. When certain stock items are less popular, an accurate inventory will take notice. A manager can adjust an order so the warehouse doesn’t receive stock destined to collect dust on a shelf.

Forecasting also helps companies predict upcoming trends. A warehouse won’t run out of this year’s favorite Christmas toy or the newest clothing fad if the managers know to make a bigger order.

4. Practice Regular Maintenance

Warehouses are high-traffic buildings. A dock leveler experiences, on average, 100,000 crossings by 4.5 ton or heavier forklifts every year. Under that kind of stress, a small problem can balloon overnight.

Regular maintenance is important to keep machinery in good condition for as long as possible. Schedule a technician to inspect the warehouse’s machinery as often as is needed.

Keeping the warehouse clean is just as useful. Dust and debris caught in machinery can cause everything from a few sneezes to a breakdown.

5. Invest in the Space

New warehouses often come in white box condition, with only the bare minimum in interior finish. Older warehouses often need improvements before users occupy them.

A well-lit space is more pleasing to the eye, and it can also cut down on workplace accidents due to unseen hazards. Warehouses suffer from a lack of natural lighting, and a dim corner risks employees tripping or running into the racking.

The racking itself is also worth a look– dents, dings, and rust can all cause problems down the road. Before the racking begins to destabilize, it should be replaced.

6. Make the Best Use of the Space

Buildings are taller than they were 30 years ago. Many developers are building 30′ and 32′ foot clear height warehouses, allowing for taller racking and more storage potential.

Cross-docking allows for a more fluid exchange between incoming and outgoing products. Workers can take deliveries off of trucks and load them immediately onto a departing vehicle. Cross-docking saves time and storage space.

6. Promote Worker Safety As Part of Warehouse Operations Best Practices

Hold regular training sessions for warehouse employees. Everyone should know the day-to-day procedures for warehouse operations and understand what to do in case of an emergency.

Training sessions can also provide a forum to discuss common safety hazards, like back injuries from improper lifting, and how to avoid them.

After the employees have had initial training, continue to remind them of the basics. Post printed rules and procedures around the space. Schedule refresher courses so no one forgets the important parts.

7. Ask for Input

The people who know the most about the risks of the floor are the people on it. Encourage employees to sit on a safety committee. Ask them to report safety violations they see regularly or problems they’re having with equipment.

The people who interact with the machines and stock on the floor regularly are the first to spot small problems. If employees communicate with each other and management, issues can be resolved before equipment requires major repairs or replacement.

Eliminate the Last Mile Problem

Customers want to receive their orders fast. Warehouses continue to perfect the art of warehouse operations, but a delivery partner can bring a company’s customer service to the next level.

Last mile logistics providers can bring products from the warehouse to the customer’s front door. Choose a company that values efficiency and the safety of its workers. Contact us today for more information on same-day delivery of packages big and small.


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same day delivery

It should come as no surprise that online sales in the US increased by 16% in 2017. Today, sales are all about convenience, and online shopping is just one example of how this trend is rising. For businesses who take orders online as well as over the phone or in person, delivering a customer’s order to their door is one of the most important parts of the process. It affects a customer’s impressions of your company and it can be the way a customer chooses between you or a competitor in the future. The latest buzz word in remote sales is same day delivery. It’s that gold ticket everyone’s looking for, but many businesses ask, does it really make a difference?

The answer is yes, and here’s how:

How Same Day Delivery Makes a Difference in Your Business

Opening your business to the possibility of same day delivery can make a powerful difference in many aspects of your business. The ways below are just a small taste.

1. Staying Competitive

Regardless of what industry you’re in, chances are that you have at least one competitor who offers same day delivery. In fact, 51% of retailers now offer same day delivery.

You competitors might charge an arm and a leg, but for some customers, price isn’t an issue. Businesses often forget how quickly times are changing and don’t realize that customers today expect same day delivery as an option.

2. Serve a Wider Variety of Customers

As we mentioned above, just because your competitor charges exorbitantly for same day delivery doesn’t mean people won’t pay what they ask.

There are situations in nearly every industry in which a customer is in a pinch and absolutely needs their order that day. In these cases, not having same day delivery immediately takes you out of the running for their business.

This is also a great way to win long-term customers. If you’ve helped someone who was in a bind, they’re more likely to come back to you for their next purchase.

3. Faster Cash Flow

In many industries today, especially in business-to-business situations, it’s common to only invoice a customer after the order has been delivered.

If that’s the case for you, a slow delivery process creates a longer gap between production and payment. If it takes a week to deliver the product, that week can make a stressful difference in your cash flow.

Same day delivery cuts this time down so you get paid the day you produce the order, that than a week later.

4. Expand Your Offerings

There are some types of goods that people only tend to order if they can get it the same day. For instance, fast grocery delivery has become a hot trend because of same day or next day delivery. Few people will plan ahead enough to know what groceries they’ll want in a week.

This is backed up by customer surveys as well. In fact, 50% of customers say they shop online more when they know they can get their items the same day. If they need an item the same day and they can’t get it online, they head to a brick and mortar store instead.

There’s something else to keep in mind about same day delivery that helps you expand as well.

For many retailers, the most cost-effective way to offer same day delivery is to hire a courier service. If you’re hiring a courier, they’re also likely to have options you don’t otherwise have, like refrigerated delivery. This lets you expand to see refrigerated products without the expense of buying a refrigerated truck.

5. More Flexibility in Production Time

So far, we’ve discussed same day delivery as a service the customer specifically requests. However, if you have a way to access same day delivery on demand, it also takes pressure off your production team for customized orders.

For example, let’s say you operate a print shop. A customer orders brochures and they need them in hand in two weeks. You plan to complete the brochures in ten days, leaving four days for shipment.

However, something goes wrong during the printing process and it takes you the full two weeks to complete the brochures. Rather than damaging your reputation or losing business by telling the customer you can’t meet the deadline, you could hire a same day delivery service to get the job done on time.

6. Gives You an Incentive to Offer

Every customer wants to feel like they’re getting a great deal. Depending on your profit margins, though, you might not be able to afford to give our discounts often.

If you have an extra fee for same day delivery, this opens a door. You could bring in new business by offering free or discounted same day delivery for each customer’s first order.

If you have a situation in which a customer is unhappy, you can also offer them free same day delivery on their order. Regardless of the circumstances, same day delivery gives you one more tool in your tool belt.

7. Capitalize on Impulse Buys

Some retail stores have truly mastered impulse buys, like grocery stores that put candy bars and magazines in the checkout line.

There are certain products a customer only wants if they can get them soon. Those candy bars are a great example. You buy a candy bar because you have a specific craving for it and you can satisfy that craving quickly and easily. If you know you won’t get the candy bar until three days later, it defeats the purpose.

That same principle applies to a variety of industries. Same day delivery, however, helps you capture more impulse buys and add-on purchases.

How to Start Offering Same Day Delivery

As a business, same day delivery has clear benefits for your bottom line. Plus, if you work with a local courier service instead of trying to hire personnel and handle the delivery yourself, it’s more cost-effective than you might think.

If you’re ready to find out more, contact our courier service about same day delivery.


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warehouse

Imagine if Amazon’s warehouses weren’t well organized. Employees would be running all over the place, frantically searching for customer’s items and nothing would ever arrive on time. To put it simply, Amazon would not be the hugely successful business it is today if Jeff Bezos hadn’t placed a high priority on developing excellent and effective organizational strategies, especially within his warehouses.

As a business owner, making warehouse organization a priority should be a no-brainer. But just in case you’re still pretending there’s an actual “method to your disorganized madness,” here are seven reasons why your business needs to organize your warehouse.

1. Warehouse Organization Saves Time

For those looking to learn how to organize a warehouse, it starts by taking a thorough inventory. That way, you know exactly what you have. You now also know exactly where it’s being kept.

This allows you to determine a great deal of information that will help you save a ton of time. You’ll now be able to figure out which inventory items are being sold quickly and which ones aren’t.

You and your employees can develop a system for storing each item. One simple strategy is to keep all items that are sold quickly or used often in the front of the warehouse while housing those sold or used less often in the back.

2. Here’s How You Save Money By Organizing Your Inventory

Organizing inventory is hugely cost-effective. One reason is that you can easily track everything. That means, it’s less likely you’ll overstock an item. Instead, you’ll know exactly which items are most popular and can plan ahead to ensure you can restock your inventory to meet the demand.

You also don’t end up losing inventory. In terms of inventory storage ideas that help you save money, label everything. Don’t forget to make sure you can read your labels clearly.

You’ll save money by wasting far less time searching for items in your warehouse. That means more time is spent on other money-making matters.

3. You Can Focus on Other Matters

If you’re spending a lot of time organizing inventory, you’re doing something wrong. Organizing inventory shouldn’t take long if you have an effective system in place.

Your goal is to create such an effective organizational system in place that you can spend more time focusing on other, more important matters. You need to focus on marketing and sales so that your inventory can move.

Otherwise, all you have is a warehouse filled with stuff that no one wants to buy. Don’t forget to place similar items together and map it out so that everyone can easily locate every item within a few seconds.

4. Reduction of Employee Theft

You have to know how to organize inventory in order to reduce employee theft. At least $15 billion dollars are lost to theft each year.

Many of these thieves are working on the inside. It’s easy for an employee to steal copper pipes or wires. Warehouse managers have even been known to start their own business reselling stolen items.

You should learn how to organize inventory so that you know exactly what you have, where it’s kept, and who bought it. That eliminates the ability to steal from your business.

Another plus is that you can track how well your employees are performing. This helps to increase productivity in the workplace and lead to positive competition.

5. Increased Productivity

Warehouse organization is important to help increase productivity in your business. If your employees don’t know how to organize inventory, items get lost. It takes time to locate those items if they’re ever found at all.

It’s also easier for your employees to goof off if you haven’t learned how to organize a warehouse. With a good system in place, you can use real data to see how well each individual employee is performing.

This, in turn, encourages friendly competition and helps people form more cohesive teams within the company. Your employees will also appreciate seeing how well they’re performing and knowing exactly how many orders still need to be filled.

6. Improved Service to Vendors and Customers

Imagine a supplier coming into your warehouse to make a delivery. Inside they see chaos and disorganization.

There’s a good chance they might walk away hoping you can continue honoring their contract. A disorganized business rarely stays in business long.

Imagine a customer catches a glimpse into your warehouse and sees it in disarray. Again, their impression of your business isn’t going to be very high after seeing that.

Even if no one except employees never sees the inside of your warehouse, organizing is still important. Organizing should be part of your brand. And your warehouse is just as much a reflection of you and your business as anything else is.

How you do one part of your business says a lot. You should know how to organize a warehouse because it will help you manage a more successful business.

7. Increased Customer Satisfaction

Look for inventory storage ideas to help you increase customer satisfaction. In an age when most consumers do an internet search before they make a purchase, you want as many positive reviews and testimonials as possible.

If you don’t know how to organize a warehouse, that means a dramatic decrease in customer satisfaction. Employees can’t find an item and fail to ship it out on time, disappointing a customer.

A customer makes a bulk purchase only to find your inventory system failed and you’re out of that item. The wrong item is shipped to a customer.

None of these scenarios have to happen. Organizing inventory is the first step towards ensuring your customers are always satisfied with your service.

Work With Us

You do not have to face warehouse organization on your own. When you work with us, we can help you develop a system to ensure that your customers can continue to rely on your topnotch service.

We can also ship your items at a moment’s notice. It’s a one-stop shop for all your warehousing and shipping needs. Click here to create your account today.


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shipping luggage

Going on vacation is always an exciting time no matter how near or far you’re traveling. But, there are a few things that can get in the way of how much you enjoy the journey.

You should always try to arrive at the airport well ahead of time to make it to your gate peacefully. Wear comfortable clothing for the flight and try not to make your carry-on too heavy. Actually, invest in shipping luggage whenever possible.

That’s right — you don’t have to lug your suitcase to the airport anymore. There’s a new way of doing things that is changing how you travel for business and for pleasure.

Keep reading to find out more about luggage shipping and the benefits it offers any travel experience.

How Shipping Luggage Works

Shipping luggage might sound like more of a hassle than checking it or bringing it with you, but it’s the exact opposite. When you ship luggage you can kick back and relax at the airport without having to keep track of too many things.

It’s all a matter of planning ahead in order to best enjoy your vacation when the time comes. Here’s everything you need to do to ship luggage.

Book Your Flight(s)

Like any other vacation, everything starts with booking your flight. In the case of shipping luggage, though, you’re booking separate flights.

One set of tickets is the standard airfare you buy for you and your family or business associates. The other ticket is for a separate flight on a different day.

The latter is for your luggage delivery service. You can usually find flights through the service you’re working with, just as you’d buy a regular flight from the airline you like to use.

Pack Your Bags

While you get the benefit of shipping bags, you still have to pack them. This is the most important part of the process for people who love to pack last-minute.

Since you’re sending your bags to your destination ahead of time, you have to pack with the shipping date in mind, not your travel date. This means making sure all your laundry is done and all your pre-vacation shopping is complete.

It’s a little bit of extra planning to do, but it’s well worth the benefits available.

Pick up, Wrapping, and Transport

There’s little left to do once you’re done with the packing. From there, the luggage shipping service you’ve hired picks up the bags from your front door (or your office building).

Next, they wrap and label your luggage for added safety measures and to ensure full efficiency. Then, the luggage gets taken to your final destination — aka where you plan to stay.

You don’t have to worry about picking up your luggage in the airport then fitting it all in the car service you’ve hired. Instead, you travel in comfort from door to door and your luggage will be waiting for you at your hotel/villa/family’s house. There are even mobile notification updates included in the tracking system to give you the status of your belongings.

The Benefits of Not Taking Luggage to the Airport

Once you’ve used a luggage shipping service, you may never go back to traveling with your bags ever again. It’s just so much easier to enjoy yourself this way!

Here are a few reasons why.

One Less Thing to Worry About

When you ship your luggage, you don’t have to worry about someone watching your bag or stealing your belongings as you’re walking around the airport. This is especially beneficial if you’re traveling alone or if you have a big family/travel group to keep track of.

The more people in your party, the more backpacks and suitcases there are to count. Make it all easier on yourself and others involved by putting the suitcases in the hands of the professionals.

This allows everyone to take as many trips to the bathroom as needed or relax at the airport bar while waiting for the flight. Whatever the situation, you’re sure to be more relaxed knowing your luggage is already waiting for you.

Go Through Security with Ease

It’s one thing to keep track of everything when you’re waiting at the gate, and another to lug all your belongings through security. There’s nothing better than going through TSA with just you and yourself to worry about.

You don’t have to worry about holding up the line or forgetting something. Even with the big bags you normally check before security, shipping luggage means that’s one less line you have to stand in. This saves more time (and stress!) than you might think.

Run for It if You Need to

Speaking of saving time, have you ever been short on time for a flight? It’s happened to every traveler once or twice. You get stuck in traffic or have a delayed connecting flight, then you have to bolt to make it to your gate.

It’s much easier to make it in time if you don’t have to pull a carry-on behind you. You can breeze through the terminals and catch your flight, without having to catch your breath as much from running and lifting something heavy.

Start Enjoying Your Destination Right Away

Whether you barely make your flight or you’re at the gate well ahead of time, you should get the most out of your vacation once you land. This doesn’t mean killing time at the baggage claim.

Luckily, you don’t have to waste a second there when you ship your luggage. Instead, you can head straight from the exit of the plane to the pick-up area or the car rental office.

Plus, you don’t have to worry about getting a vehicle big enough for all your luggage! It’s all taken care of and ready to greet you at your place of accommodation.

Discover How Easy Traveling Can Be

Look into shipping luggage the next time you book a flight. It’s not a travel tool everyone thinks about, but it truly does enhance the whole vacation experience.

You’ll feel less stress before your travel day even arrives, and you’ll be thankful you thought to ship your bags once you arrive at your destination. The process is easy, the benefits are clear, and the whole journey becomes much more enjoyable.

To get a quote for luggage shipping, click here.


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courier service

Are you trying to find the best courier service to ship your products? Whether you’re in Miami or another location, there are a few considerations you’ll want to make in order to find the best service provider for you. Before you make a decision on a courier service, consider these 9 key things.

1. What Are You Shipping?

Before you can choose the best courier for your needs, you need to think about the products you’re intending to ship to customers.

To help you determine if a courier is a right fit for your business, be sure to ask the following questions:

  • What types of products do they typically ship?
  • What vehicles and other shipping resources do they have at their disposal?
  • What product shapes can they accommodate?
  • What is the maximum size they can accommodate?

Having the courier answer these questions will make it easier for you to determine if the courier will be able to work with the types of products you’re intending to ship.

2. Location

Where are your customers located in relation to the courier? Do you plan to have most of your products delivered locally, or will you require international shipping also?

If you know you’re going to need to ship internationally, be sure to find reliable couriers that offer international shipping too, or else you may have to work with multiple couriers in order to get the job done.

3. Reputation

Reputation is an important factor to consider before working with any new vendor or service provider.

Of course, if you want to, you can just pick any courier business and work with them, but this isn’t a great way to find the best courier for your needs. Going with the cheapest possible option will ensure that you save money, but you might run into bigger issues (such as delayed or lost shipments) in the process.

Stay safe and ensure that any potential couriers you’re thinking about working with have a great reputation before you entrust them with any of your products. Especially if they’re fragile items.

4. Delivery Speed

For both local and international courier services, be sure to check the expected delivery times and ensure that they will satisfy your clients. Working with a courier that offers several different delivery options is ideal because you can then provide your clients with each of these options and allow them to make the decision for themselves.

For example, if you often have clients request rush deliveries, you’re going to need to find a courier service that can accommodate this for you.

5. Convenience

If you own an SMB, it’s likely that you have a variety of different responsibilities, meaning you don’t have time to ship each individual order yourself. And if your staff handles many different tasks, they probably don’t have time either.

As such, it’s important to consider the convenience of each courier service prior to making a decision.

When communicating with a potential new courier service, ask whether or not they are willing to pick shipments up from your location. If you can find a courier that understands how busy you are and will work with you to offer convenient solutions to your problems, you’ll benefit greatly.

You’ll save time, money, and effort. And you won’t have to stand in those annoying lines either.

6. Reliability

When you’re involved in the business of shipping products to customers and you’re not doing it yourself, you need to find a reliable partner to work with. No one wants to deal with lost, misplaced, or damaged packages.

They’ll not only irritate your customers, but they’ll damage your reputation, too. Find a reliable courier to work with, and you won’t have to worry for even a moment.

7. Tracking

If you have the option, always work with a courier service that offers tracking services for all of their shipments.

Clients will be able to track shipments themselves, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about in your day-to-day operations. You can also track shipments yourself to stay informed so you’re informed if any issues arise and can deal with them in a timely and efficient matter.

8. Insurance

Not all shipping carriers or couriers are going to provide insurance. If you have the option to provide insurance, it’s a good idea to take advantage of it. That way, both you and your customers can rest easy knowing that if the item is lost, it will be paid for.

If it’s important to you to ensure each of your shipments, you’ll want to work with a carrier that offers this feature.

Shop around and determine which couriers offer insurance at the best rate. You’ll also want to be sure to factor it in when you’re pricing products and shipping fees on your end.

9. Pricing

Finally, the last thing to consider when trying to find the right courier service for your needs is pricing.

Does it work with your budget? Is it fair when you consider each of the services they offer?

If you plan on offering free shipping to your customers, you’ll have to factor the courier’s pricing into your pricing, so ensuring that it is both reasonable and affordable is wise.

Find the Right Courier Service for Your Business

If you’re new to the e-commerce business and are still figuring out the best methods to ship your orders, it can seem overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

If you keep these 9 considerations in mind when shopping around for a courier service, finding the right one for your business and needs won’t be too difficult.

If you’re still looking for a courier service in Miami or Fort Lauderdale, Florida, check out ASAP Courier’s services. We offer rush options, warehousing, air freight, and more.

Find the service that’s right for you today. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.


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courier service

Is it time to hire a courier service for your business? Wondering what to look for to find the best one? When you have important shipments and deliveries that need to be made, the last thing you want to do is put your packages into unreliable hands. When looking for a courier, it’s important to do your due diligence and make sure you’re choosing professionals.

Below we’ll give you an overview of exactly what you need to look for to find the best courier service.

1. Great Customer Service

The first thing you’ll want to look for in a courier is top-notch customer service. A courier should care deeply about making sure you get the best service. They’ll understand that helping businesses succeed is at the center of everything they do.

If there are any issues or any problems during delivery a great courier service will provide excellent communication and will be clear and honest with you. They’ll do everything in their power to fix any issues in a timely and efficient manner.

A great courier will also be very easy to get in touch with for support. They’ll have multiple options and methods for you to schedule a pickup or get help with your specific needs.

2. They’re Reliable and Efficient

The best courier services will also act like professionals at all times. Great couriers treat each customer or business with respect and make sure that they are always able to do what they say they can do.

While issues may arise with a delivery from time to time, there will seldom be any problems. The courier will be very efficient and will always deliver important packages on time.

You need to be able to rely on any courier you choose. A great courier needs to be able to deliver fantastic results on a regular and consistent basis.

3. They Strive to Make Things Easy for You

The best courier services will always look for ways to make your job easier. They’ll find ways to easily communicate with you and ensure that you’re getting everything you need from their services.

Having multiple ways to contact them is a good first step. ASAP Courier, for example, lets you schedule deliveries in multiple ways either by using an app, by phone, or online.

A great courier will always put your needs first. They’ll communicate well and always work to fully understand what your needs are.

4. Great Prices and Value

When you hire courier services you also want to make sure you’re getting the best value for your money.

It’s important not to choose a courier that is too cheap as you’ll often get what you pay for as a result. You won’t be satisfied with the delivery services, the customer service, or their efficiency. Packages may arrive late or not at all.

On the other hand, you shouldn’t have to pay a fortune for great courier services either. Look for a courier who provides the services that you need while still being able to quote reasonable prices at the same time.

5. The Right Services

It’s important to consider what your business needs from a courier service. A courier needs to have the specific services that you require for shipments and deliveries. Not all businesses have the same needs and not all courier services have what it takes to meet your expectations.

For example, you may need refrigeration capabilities during shipping, long distance shipment options, or warehousing services. If you need something special be sure to ask about it beforehand so that you’ll be sure to get what you need.

Additionally, make sure that the courier provides some extensive tracking options so that you can always be kept fully aware of a delivery’s progress and if everything is on schedule.

6. Multiple Delivery Options

Some couriers will only provide options for basic deliveries in the local area, while some will be able to manage all kinds of deliveries including expedited or long distance shipments.

If there’s anything else you need find out about delivery options or the kinds of shipments they can handle you need to find out beforehand. Some couriers will have no problem dealing with fast delivery and rush orders. Others will have options for air freight along with many types of ground shipping options.

The more services and features provided, the better. The more options a particular courier has for delivering a package, the better off your business will be and the less likely it will be that a delivery isn’t made on time.

7. A Professional Team

A great courier service will have enough manpower to get deliveries done with efficiency and finesse. They’ll also have very skilled workers who know exactly what they’re doing.

A courier’s drivers should be fully licensed and insured. They should also be able to present themselves professionally and communicate well with anybody they come into contact with when making a delivery. They should be well dressed and present themselves well.

Look for a courier service that has the right people to get the job done and plenty of manpower to never fail to deliver or run behind.

Ready to Get Started With a Great Courier Service?

When it’s time for your business to hire a courier service it can be difficult knowing what you should be looking for. However, remember that not all couriers are created equally.

Some couriers can deliver on their promises better than others. It’s important to consider the above points carefully if you want to make sure you’re choosing a courier service that serves your business needs well.

Looking for a courier service in Florida? Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you and your business.


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refrigerated transportation

In a globalized world with an international market for climate-sensitive produce, how can we transport such goods from one location to another? Refrigerated transportation, otherwise known as reefer freight, is becoming an increasingly important industry with the growth in demand for climate-sensitive goods from around the world.

Refrigerated transport is a way of shipping freight that requires specific, controlled temperature. These vehicles have transformed many industries by allowing businesses to transport sensitive goods around the world. Do you want to find out more about the importance of refrigerated transport in a globalized world? Let’s take a look!

The History of Refrigerated Transportation

The vehicles that transport the temperature sensitive goods have in-built refrigerated systems that maintain the goods at a particular temperature.

This design goes back to the 1800s. This primitive form of the modern-day refrigerated truck would be filled with ice and salt to keep the goods at a cooler temperature.

It is unsurprising that the process was mostly ineffective at keeping the conserving the sensitive goods. This often led to significant losses in the value of the goods that were transported in this way.

However, jump forward to the end of the 20th century, increasingly efficient ways of refrigerating transportation vehicles were developed. This progress in technology has resulted in the emergence of a growing industry. This has become known as ‘cold chain logistics’.

Cold Chain Logistics

First of all, what is cold chain logistics?

The cold chain is defined as “the transportation of temperature-sensitive products along a supply chain through thermal and refrigerated packaging methods and the logistical planning to protect the integrity of these shipments”.

This means that cold chain logistics is not only about transporting goods from A to B under temperature sensitive conditions. It’s also important to ensure that the specific goods are handled appropriately, compliant with the regulations and moved efficiently and effectively to keep up with demand.

In a globalized world, it’s not only important to be able to ship goods from Chicago to New York. But also from the United States to Germany. Every shipping order requires different methods and techniques to ensure the refrigerated transport service is carried out correctly.

Finally, cold chain logistics has also provided economic development to developing countries by allowing to access new markets and consumer goods.

What’s the Value of Refrigerated Transport Industry?

There is no doubt that the refrigerated transport industry is one of the fastest growing industries in logistics.

According to the latest figures, the market for refrigerated transport is projected to grow at a compound growth rate of 12.44 percent annually in the next years.

While the market for refrigerated shipping is set to reach 3.25 billion tons by the year 2022.

There are many reasons why the growth of refrigerated transport is showing no signs of letting up. The central importance of refrigerated transport to the globalized world is no longer in doubt.

The Importance of Refrigerated Transportation

Many goods that previously could not be transported without great difficulty can now be transported efficiently and effectively with refrigerated transport services.

There are three main ways in which refrigerated transport demonstrates its importance to the global world economy. Let’s take a look at – why refrigerated transport is so important?

1. The Number and Variety of Goods

There are many goods that deteriorate, lose value or become irrecoverably damaged unless they are transported in a refrigerated system. One of the reasons why refrigerated shipping so important to the modern economy is that it caters to so many different varieties of goods and products.

Many people immediately think about food produce, especially meat and dairy products that require cold temperatures. However, there are many medical, and pharmaceutical goods that also require temperature sensitive settings to maintain value. Other temperature controlled goods include valuable pieces of art, chemicals, and care products.

2. Increased Demand for Perishable Goods

The question of demand and supply can sometimes be a question of what came first the chicken or the egg.

The same applies to the increased demand for perishable goods. While demand has increased, this is partly influenced by the ability to transport perishable goods effectively refrigerated transport.

Nevertheless, refrigerated transport is a growing industry due to an increasing demand among consumers for goods that were previously only a fraction of the market.

According to the transport and distribution researcher, Sharan Raj, “Some of the key factors contributing to the growth of the global perishable goods transportation market are the increase in the demand for frozen foods, growth of the organized retail sector, rise in international trade, and increased concern about food wastage”.

3. Compliance and Regulation Legislation

With the introduction of increasing compliance and regulation legislation by governments around the world, the need for refrigerated shipping has become even more essential.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently been assessing food safety issues with regard to the transportation of goods. This has resulted in the 2015 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). This has been described as “the most comprehensive food transport rule ever imposed on the industry“.

The FDA has flagged up potential problems of freshness and food poisoning. This has subsequently caused many food retailers to transition to refrigerated transport vehicles to ship perishable foods. The FDA has also required drivers of refrigerated vehicles to have temperature management and reporting training.

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Now you know the importance of refrigerated transportation to the globalized economy. This growing industry is defining the future of the freight sector.

With this understanding of the value of refrigerated shipping, you can make sure you ship your temperature sensitive goods in the appropriate way.

If you have any more questions on refrigerated shipping, get in touch with us today.