Each year the way we do business continues to evolve as technology advances. These changes have international affects across the globe, while others influence us on a personal level. Overall, technology is altering how we work and understand our businesses. Smart Warehousing and Paul Wallbank with Ovations have predicted the following technology trends and focuses for 2020. 1.) Computers Machines are gradually taking over more tasks within all different industries, from long-haul trucking and customer service to healthcare and inventory management. For example, Smart Warehousing utilizes S.W.I.M.S., our web-based order and inventory management system created specifically for the warehousing and supply chain management industry, to provide our customers with real-time visibility of their inventory. All the while, these computers are talking to each other, which speeds up decision making processes and reduces the need for specific management within companies. 2.) Reorganization As mentioned, the increase of computers and quicker decision-making results in the need for less management. In order to remain competitive, companies must reduce management levels in order to process information quicker. If not, they will lose business to others who are more adept. 3.) 3D Printing 3D printers build three-dimensional, solid objects by adding material layer by layer through a computer-aided design model. This allows the user to print anything from an acoustic guitar to entire houses. 3D printing is occurring alongside advances in biological engineering. It is predicted that within the next decade we will have the capability to print skin, body parts and organs. 4.) Mobile Apps It is hard to imagine a time when we did not have access to smart phones, and the mobile
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One of Smart Warehousing’s current customers, Easy Treezy, made an appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank in episode 1110, during their 2019 Shark Tank Holiday Special. Kurt Stange, founder of Easy Treezy, presented their patented system that makes setting up your Christmas Tree easy (hence the name) in as little as 60 seconds. This innovative and lightweight tree comes in cone-shaped parts that can be easily assembled with locking magnets. The best part – the trees are already pre-decorated and pre-lit, reducing the hassle and long-drawn process of buying and setting up a traditional tree. The trees range in cost from $279-$899 and can be purchased on Amazon and the Easy Treezy website. With hopes of securing a partnership with a Shark, Kurt asks for a $400,000 investment in exchange for 10% equity. With margins at 35%, Easy Treezy is projected to sell over $2 million in 2019. The sharks agreed that the trees could be an effective seasonal business, but unfortunately no one was biting, and they were unable to close a deal. Although Easy Treezy did not secure an investment with the sharks, their business is booming and continuing to expand! When the Christmas Trees first appeared on QVC, they sold out of product and continue to receive positive reviews of their innovative trees. Smart Warehousing manages Easy Treezy’s inventory by accurately storing, picking, packing and shipping their products so they can remain focused on their core business. Smart also coordinates all product and shipping standards by the retailers they are selling through, including Amazon, Target and Walmart, to successfully deliver their Christmas Trees to the distribution centers and
Every year companies are required to shift their efforts to target the ever-changing consumer trends to achieve a successful holiday shopping season. The Deloitte Insights Consumer Industry Center conducted cutting edge research in their Deloitte 2019 Holiday Retail Survey to best determine where companies should focus their energy to achieve superior business results. Smart Warehousing has constructed a consumer profile to help make this year’s shopping season one for the books. 1.) Steady Consumer Spend This year, consumers are predicted to spend $1,496 per household. Projected consumer holiday spend has had a 5.4% compound annual growth rate since 2012. Consumers are anticipating spending the same, if not more, than last year, yet their outlook on their future household finances have dropped 13% from 2018. 2.) Price, Product & Convenience Consumers continue to make price a prime deciding factor while holiday shopping, but product quality and variety rank even higher. As competition increases with product deals and assortment, convenience rises as a prime differentiating factor, especially in online stores. 3.) Free Holiday Shipping With the growing rise in online shopping, we are all aware of consumer’s shipping expectations, but which do they value more – fast or free shipping? Deloitte found that 85% of consumers prefer free shipping over fast shipping. Of that, 80% of shoppers who prefer free shipping are willing to wait three or more days to receive their order, while half of shoppers intend to use the buy-online-pick-up-in-store option. 4.) Increase in Experiences Holiday spend over the last five years has seen an increase in “experiences” over gifts and total other spend. These experiences include travel, dining
The beginning of eCommerce emerged in 1991 when the Internet was opened to commercial use. Since then, the eCommerce industry has not stopped growing and changing with technology and consumer expectations. That leaves online retailers struggling to keep up with the constantly changing and evolving shopping trends to remain competitive in the industry. To take your eCommerce efforts to the next level, Smart Warehousing has compiled a list of rising trends. 1.) Online Shopping Sales Increasing Online shopping sales are projected to increase from 1.3 trillion in 2014, to 4.5 trillion in 2021 (Statista, 2019). This goes to show that online shopping is one of the most popular online activities and is not slowing down anytime soon. The level of comfort, increased trust, and improved shopping experience are all contributing factors to the growth of online shopping. 2.) Going Green 50% of digital consumers have stated that environmental concerns impact their purchasing decisions (GlobalWebindex, 2018). Shoppers are now more conscious of the environment than ever and need to create more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices to remain competitive. 3.) Mobile Purchasing By the end of 2021, 73% of eCommerce sales will take place on a mobile device (Statista, 2019). Consumers use their mobile devices to browse or research before making a purchase online and should not be ignored. Make sure that you are capturing this by optimizing your website for mobile devices. 4.) Voice Shopping 13% of U.S. smart speaker owners say that they were making purchases by voice at the end of 2017. That number is predicted to grow to 55% by 2022 (OC&C Strategy Consultants, 2018). Browsing capabilities
Smart Warehousing has continued to expand their network footprint with the addition of a new warehouse in Germantown, Wisconsin. The new Milwaukee warehouse is available now, having opened November 1, and adds an additional 204,373 square feet to our company wide total. The warehouse offers the following specs: Gated truck court 30’ clear height ESFR sprinkler Pre-cast panel Located at W210 N12855 Gateway Crossing, Richfield, Wisconsin in Germantown Gateway Corporate Park, just one mile east of the I-41 and Holy Hill Road/CTH 167 interchange. With strategic interstate access, it is the ideal location to help move your product and get it into your customer’s hands. If you are interested in utilizing the new Milwaukee warehouse, or have questions about any of our other nationwide warehouses, please reach out to us at (913) 888-3222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With Halloween now behind us, the holiday season is officially here - whether we're ready for it or not! As a business owner, this means time is of the essence. Smart Warehousing has compiled a list of ten steps to help prepare your business for the approaching seasonal sales and guarantee your holiday success. 1.) Winning Website Anymore, shoppers want the convenience of doing their holiday shopping online, while avoiding the cold and the crowds. In order to take full advantage of this, you must ensure that your website is optimized before web traffic increases. Ensure that your website is easy-to-navigate with quick load times so that customers can easily find their product and complete their purchase, or else they will go looking for it somewhere else. 2.) Mobile-Friendly Once you have your website ready to go, shift your focus to making it mobile-friendly. Many holiday purchases are made on mobile devices, so make it easy on your customers and keep them focused on your product. 3.)Product Promotion I know you've seen them – gift guides created by magazines, websites and bloggers each year. List your product in one of these gift guides by asking the bloggers and journalists to be included. This is a great way to increase your company’s visibility during the holiday season. 4.) Information Accuracy Look over your company information, including phone number, address and email address posted on your website, social media accounts and other business listings to ensure accuracy before things get too busy. Similar to your website, you want customers to be focused on your product, while allowing easy access to your company
Smart Warehousing has continued to expand their network footprint with the addition of a new warehouse in Auburn, Washington. The new Seattle warehouse is 63,000 square feet and is available starting October 1. The warehouse offers the following specs: 18 dock doors 1 grade-level door 30’ clear height Fully insulated warehouse ESFR sprinkler 350’ building depth Located at 2820 B Street NW, Auburn, Washington in Valley Centre Corporate Park, just 20 miles from the Port of Seattle. With quick access to SR-167 and I-5, it is the ideal location to help move your product and get it into your customer’s hands. If you are interested in utilizing our new Seattle warehouse, or have questions about any of our other nationwide warehouses, please reach out to us at (913) 888-3222 or email@example.com.
We are so thrilled to be included in the top three Logistics Companies in Kansas City by the Kansas City Business Journal! Smart Warehousing has six warehouse facilities in the area, located in Edgerton, Atchison and Independence, totaling 4,601,310 square feet of storage space. Check out the Kansas City Business Journal article here. In addition to the Kansas City area, Smart Warehousing has 23 other warehouses across the nation, which enables our customers to reach 99% of the U.S. population in two days or less with markets in the following: Seattle, Reno, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Little Rock, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Eastern Pennsylvania, Orlando and growing. With a total network footprint of 9.9 million square feet and value added services including multi-channel fulfillment, e-commerce solutions, retail compliance, transportation management, and innovative technology, Smart Warehousing is who you want to get your product where you want. Request more information today on how we can empower your company by visiting our website or reaching out to us at (913) 888-3222 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Friday, September 20th, Smart Warehousing was visited by kcBOLD, a local t-shirt company, owned and operated by a team of six, young entrepreneurs. The boys are searching for a solution here at Smart Warehousing to distribute their Kansas City inspired apparel. On their visit, the boys met with Smart Warehousing founder and CEO, Carl Wasinger, and were taken on a tour of the 575,154 square foot warehouse facility in Edgerton, Kansas. On kcBOLD’s visit to Smart Warehousing, the boys suited up with safety vests and headed out to the warehouse floor to see how their product would be processed. Carl showed the boys where their shirts would in inbounded, stored, picked & packed, and finally outbounded on trucks. Following the warehouse tour, Smart Warehousing executives sat down with kcBOLD to learn about the origin of their company, its current structure, their product, and how Smart can help grow their business and share it with the rest of the KC community. kcBOLD was founded in 2014 by Dean and Charlie at only 8 years old. The company grew over the next several years as their friends joined the business and settled on producing apparel in 2017. The shirts and hoodies feature local sports teams, including the Chiefs, Royals and Sporting KC, along with other KC landmarks and fun designs. kcBOLD hopes to eventually expand to additional markets outside of Kansas City. Friday’s visit explored the opportunity for Smart Warehousing to partner with kcBOLD to help make their entrepreneurial dreams a reality. See below for photos of the kcBOLD visit to Smart Warehousing. Don’t currently utilize Smart Warehousing for your
By Lisa Shackelford Kansas City-based third-party logistics firm, Smart Warehousing, stays ahead of the game by using in-house technology to create efficiencies and value for each one of their 800-and-counting nationwide clients. Strategically headquartered in the center of the US in Kansas City, Smart Warehousing has become an industry-leading warehousing, fulfillment, and logistical solutions company by offering new technologies and services so clients can focus on core business activities while they handle the details. “We have developed simple and dependable systems to give our clients ultimate control, said CEO and founder, Carl Wasinger. “Our flexible warehousing adds value by reducing seasonal challenges, and our web-based management systems are designed to keep all parties informed.” Smart Warehousing becomes the ultimate solution for their clients by ensuring that orders are filled, inventories stay accurate, and clients stay connected by using their own technology and employing a full-time staff of developers and IT professionals. “This is not something that a lot of companies have. They’ll have a Director of IT, but they don’t have a Director of IT and a whole department of developers focused on further integration,” Wasinger said. The company’s initial and continued investment in technology has contributed to growth over time and is proving to be fortuitous in today’s e-commerce world, an industry heavily weighted towards technological expertise. Founded in 2001, with just 9,000 square feet, the 3PL giant has experienced explosive growth, entering three new markets in a 12-month period including Reno, Dallas and Milwaukee, as well as expansion in Pennsylvania. They currently occupy 7.7 million square feet in 12 states, in 26 individual warehouse facilities. “Our rapid growth over the