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
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.
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
Smart Warehousing would like to share with you an innovative feature within SWIMS to help you utilize visibility in your day-to-day business. The In-Process Report is an extremely valuable tool that provides real-time status updates on all your orders and receipts at the touch of a button! The report displays what orders are scheduled to go out today, as well as what orders are shipping in the future. It can also be used for exceptions management, letting you know if a scheduled order didn’t pick up the day before and why. Need to check on a large order that must meet a customer delivery date? Check the notes in the In-Process Report to make sure that everything is on track! Smart Warehousing In-Process Reporting Status Update Cut down on the back and forth email traffic by using the In-Process Report to get status updates throughout the day! To access the In-Process Report: Log in to your SWIMS account – https://www.smart1secure.com/cgi-bin/login.cgi On the left menu, scroll down to the reporting buttons and select Filter based on orders and receipts Smart Warehousing’s development team continues to focus on providing cutting edge tools that bring the supply chain to life. Technology will always to be a cornerstone of Smart Warehousing and their operations. Smart believes in enabling both their clients and personnel with technology to provide an industry leading experience you won’t find anywhere else. If you have any questions about the In-Process Report or need a SWIMS account ID, please contact your account manager. Don’t currently utilize Smart Warehousing for your warehousing and fulfillment needs? Please reach out to us