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Smart Warehousing COVID-19 Statement

To Our Valued Customers: Smart Warehousing has received numerous requests for a statement regarding the impact of the newly emerged COVID-19 on their supply chains. From an operational standpoint, the basic fear is that a significant number of employees could be unable to attend work due to illness, thus hampering a company’s ability to perform contracted services. With this in mind, Smart Warehousing continues to monitor the status of COVID-19 in accordance with our personnel and disaster preparedness policies. At present, Smart Warehousing is unaware of any cases of COVID-19 at any of our fulfillment locations affecting our personnel or our ability to perform contracted services. For additional information, the CDC has set up a website (Coronavirus Disease 2019, available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html) to provide information as it becomes available. We value our customers, our associates and our future. We are communicating precautions and awareness to our internal associates and will continue to communicate with you as additional details emerge. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of your normal contacts at Smart Warehousing. Please click here for PDF version of Smart Warehousing COVID-19 Statement.

Smart Warehousing COVID-19 Statement2020-03-19T10:03:35-05:00

Prepare Your Company – Be Coronavirus Ready

With the coronavirus continuing to spread, you may be asking yourself how to best keep your employees healthy and infection-free. The coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a pneumonia-like virus that originated in China and has now spread to six out of the seven world’s continents, excluding Antarctica. There are now more than 83,000 cases with at least 2,800 deaths worldwide. New coronavirus cases were reported in Europe, including Spain, Austria, Switzerland and Croatia with some cities in Italy on lock down. There are several cases of the virus reported in the U.S. The outbreak in China seems to be slowing, but if you would like to prepare your business for the possibility of a potential pandemic, see our suggestions below. Communication Work with your HR department to prepare an instruction guide for employees ahead of time to educate them about the coronavirus and ways that they can keep themselves healthy. This material should be communicated through all available channels to ensure that all employees can access it. A couple of great resources to utilize when gathering information include the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flexibility The best way to avoid possible transmission within your company is to implement flexible working arrangements. This eliminates the potential for transmission not only at the office, but also during their work commute. During this time, take advantage of project management dashboards, chat platforms and other online tools. If this is not an option, implementing face masks, hand sanitizer and proper personal hygiene can help avoid viral infections at the workplace. Reconsider Leave We want to avoid a situation in

Prepare Your Company – Be Coronavirus Ready2020-03-03T11:35:05-05:00

Was Your Holiday Supply Chain a Mess?

Ask yourself: “With eCommerce sales continuing to dominate the holiday shopping season, does your current fulfillment partner meet your company’s needs?” Barron’s, an American financial magazine, reports that U.S. holiday shoppers spent 19% more on their online shopping in 2019 than they did a year ago. With these numbers expected to rise each year, you may be feeling some heartburn. Smart Warehousing has the alternative solution for your company to take on the holiday rush without worry. We understand that our customers require right sized, but scalable, logistics solutions in order to flex with their customer demands both by volume and geography. Smart’s next generation platform enables live, real-time interaction with each order, each warehouse and your assigned service representative allowing for the most effective information flow offered in the industry today. This means avoiding embarrassment and loss of business, while gaining control of your inventory and company. In addition to unparalleled service, Smart Warehousing can streamline your shipping needs to big-box retailers. Each retailer has their own set of standards and requirements, which can get complicated when trying to manage multiple retailers. When you partner with Smart Warehousing, we will dramatically reduce the fees credited back to the retailer for non-compliant events, saving our customers time and money, by executing the following: Review vendor guides for each retailer Outline compliance task ownership Draft work instructions checklist and special requirements On-time shipping of orders Smart Warehousing will help you meet your customer’s expectations by shipping their order within two days or less to 99% of the U.S. population. Ricky Paradise, President of Jack Stack Barbecue and current customer, states, “I

Was Your Holiday Supply Chain a Mess?2020-02-14T12:43:33-05:00

Don’t Let the Chinese New Year Get the Best of Your Business

To many, the Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the New Year, while businesses see the holiday as a supply chain nightmare. The date of the festival falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice on December 21st, which happens to be January 25th, 2020. Even though the Chinese New Year only lasts one week, many factories and businesses shut down for about 10 days before the holiday to allow for travel time, causing the disruption to last anywhere from 35-40 days. As you can imagine, this throws a serious wrench into many business’s logistics plans. The Chinese New Year will affect your supply chain in several ways. During this time when employees travel back to their hometown, all manufacturing projects are put on hold while manufacturers and distributors go on vacation as well. This means that no orders ship out of China or Taiwan. Any attempts at phone calls or emails will remain unanswered as no one will be present on site. You may experience serious production slowdowns about one to two weeks before the Chinese New Year because employees have already left to travel back home. In addition to slow production, you may also run into some quality control issues as workers rush to complete orders before too many employees leave and before they close for the holiday. The Chinese New Year produces a lot of turnover within factories, resulting in additional quality control problems from inexperienced new hires. This all may seem like inevitable chaos, but fortunately we have several tips to help keep your supply chain running smoothly. Ship Orders Early: Try to

Don’t Let the Chinese New Year Get the Best of Your Business2020-01-31T16:43:32-05:00

Tackle Your Small Parcel Transportation with Confidence

Are you fed up with paying too much for transportation? Do you find yourself spending too much time on deliveries and not enough on growing your business? Has the stress of coordinating confusing shipping details put you over the edge? If your heart rate increases when simply reading these questions, it’s time you did yourself a favor and partnered with Smart Warehousing’s Transportation team. Smart Warehousing is your “one-stop-shop” for all your transportation needs, including small parcel, LTL (Less Than Truckload), and Truckload. With the continued growth of eCommerce and online shopping, the need for cost efficient small parcel shipping is exploding. A small parcel shipment consists of a single package or multiple packages that typically ship direct to consumer. We ship through almost all service channels including Ground, as well as Air with only one to two-day delivery. Small Warehousing ships primarily through FedEx, UPS and USPS with daily scheduled pickups at each of our warehouses. Take advantage of our dedicated experts and avoid navigating this complex industry on your own. In addition to gaining a reliable industry expert that rivals some of the best, Smart Warehousing offers deep discounts to our transportation customers. When you partner with Smart Warehousing, we guarantee our customers substantial savings off small parcel published shipping rates. Tackle your company’s transportation operations with confidence by choosing Smart. We make it easy by handling all of the details, including acquiring weights and dimensions of your shipments, quoting, booking, generating BOLs, and filing disputes or claims with carriers on your behalf. If an error occurs, we will file the claim and own the incident. Increased accountability

Tackle Your Small Parcel Transportation with Confidence2020-01-28T13:00:13-05:00

Technology Predictions That Will Affect You in 2020

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

Technology Predictions That Will Affect You in 20202019-12-23T13:14:01-05:00

Easy Treezy Christmas Tree – As Seen on Shark Tank!

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

Easy Treezy Christmas Tree – As Seen on Shark Tank!2019-12-18T14:56:14-05:00

2019 Holiday Shopping Trends

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

2019 Holiday Shopping Trends2019-12-17T12:58:03-05:00

Emerging Online Shopping Habits You Need to Know

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

Emerging Online Shopping Habits You Need to Know2019-11-05T14:38:42-05:00

New 200,000 Square Foot Milwaukee Warehouse

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 info@smartwarehousing.com.

New 200,000 Square Foot Milwaukee Warehouse2019-11-05T13:40:04-05:00