Fulfillment

Smart Warehousing: COVID-19 Update

Valued Customer: Since our founding in 2001, Smart Warehousing has always placed an emphasis on the well-being of our customers and employees. The COVID-19 pandemic has required us to raise our demanding standards even higher with new protocols for our operations. We are committed to providing you, our valued customer, with the best possible service that aligns with expert protocols for working to defend against COVID-19. In addition to our current master sanitation program we have implemented further practices around cleaning and disinfecting commonly touched surfaces. Protective face masks have been provided to each of our network facilities and employee temperatures are being taken. We continue to monitor all updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which can be found here and the World Health Organization (WHO), which can be found here. Our teams are fully operational at all 31 locations and ready to do all we can to ensure that your business has everything it needs to keep running smoothly without disruption. Thank you for being a loyal Smart Warehousing customer and for your continued partnership during this time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to (913) 888-3222, info@smartwarehousing.com, or your Account Manager with any questions.

Smart Warehousing: COVID-19 Update2020-06-30T09:22:08-05:00

Pressing the “Easy Button” for Cash Flow, Warehousing and Logistics

A new partnership between Smart Warehousing and C2FO provides one stop for businesses to manage their inventory and generate more cash flow—all at greater speed and operational flexibility, with less cost. Thousands of dollars in discounts and other incentives are available to Smart Warehousing customers who partner with C2FO.  It’s a common challenge for a growing business: your company is breaking into a new market or launching a product. You need affordable, flexible warehousing space for your inventory. You need logistics and scale to deliver large orders for your customers with ease. Finally, you need working capital to fund this expansion to your business. What if you could quickly accomplish all three of these endeavors from one source—with greater convenience and at less cost? What if you could essentially press a single button to control your cash flow, warehousing and logistics? A partnership between C2FO and Smart Warehousing makes that possible. C2FO is a financial technology platform that allows companies to receive early payment and generate greater cash flow. Third-party logistics (3PL) provider Smart Warehousing specializes in supply chain services that help companies meet their fulfillment needs through innovative technology and by operating 32 warehouse facilities in the United States. This partnership includes customer discounts and other incentives. Smart Warehousing customers that choose C2FO’s working capital solutions will receive $1,000 off closing costs and 0.25% off the rate when funding their receivables with C2FO. To learn about the advantages of the C2FO-Smart Warehousing partnership, contact the C2FO team at (844)805-8522 or lending.advisors@c2fo.com. An “Easy Button” solution The sharing of data between C2FO and Smart Warehousing provides a seamless solution that allows

Pressing the “Easy Button” for Cash Flow, Warehousing and Logistics2020-06-16T15:52:34-05:00

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

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

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

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

10 Steps to Get Your Business Ready for Seasonal Sales

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

10 Steps to Get Your Business Ready for Seasonal Sales2019-11-05T13:22:42-05:00

New Seattle Warehouse Only 20 Miles From Port

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 info@smartwarehousing.com.

New Seattle Warehouse Only 20 Miles From Port2019-10-01T11:44:49-05:00

Smart Warehousing CEO Meets 12-Year-Old Entrepreneurs For Warehouse Tour

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

Smart Warehousing CEO Meets 12-Year-Old Entrepreneurs For Warehouse Tour2019-09-24T11:24:55-05:00

MetroWire Media: KC Logistics Firm Finds “Smarter” Way to Warehouse

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

MetroWire Media: KC Logistics Firm Finds “Smarter” Way to Warehouse2019-06-05T11:33:15-05:00