Los Angeles Times, February 22, 2010
A reader at the Los Angeles Times asks “I always hear about globalization, but isn’t the impact mostly on big companies?” Karen K. Klein’s answer is… “For decades, large corporations have been buying supplies and moving manufacturing overseas to cut costs”… “The tools are now in place to allow businesses of all sizes to have a global supply chain,” said Damon Schechter, chief executive of Shipwire, an order fulfillment firm. “If a company has a fast-selling product they can sell in another country, the only thing that stops them from entering that market is the degree of their desire… Buying supplies and selling products overseas no longer require a vast product line or budget,” Schechter said… Online tools for managing advertising, shipping and other aspects of a business have created a “border-less” marketplace that is wide open to smaller, e-commerce firms… Read more. | PDF version.
Canadian Technology & Business, Winter 2010
“With one Shipwire account, merchants can now locate inventory in three countries, on two continents and up to six warehouses, extending their sales reach into three of the largest e-commerce markets…. Christy Cook, who runs her own business called Teach My Toddler, is realizing the cost saving benefits of using Shipwire. Cooks says, “When I was looking for distribution in Canada, on both the east and west coast, I found Shipwire to be an excellent solution; it was extremely easy to set up and use, and also delivered cost-savings. I”m now sending inventory to Shipwire warehouses in the U.S., and am looking forward to growing my business into the U.K. as well. I like that I can do that all with one fulfillment provider, and one account.” Read more.
E-commerce Times, May 29th 2009
Inventory management is not just for enterprises anymore. With the advent of e-commerce and globalization, small companies are engaging in many of the same business processes as large firms… To do their jobs right, they need some of the same capabilities as their larger cousins — but they need them for a small-biz price….best practices that can be tweaked to work for SMBs, Nate Gilmore, VP at Shipwire, told CRM Buyer….For instance, pushing inventory data to a shopping cart or marketplace — in other words, maintaining real-time inventory numbers — is doable if the software application provides real-time inventory API connections. Ditto for connecting an online store to a warehouse, so that each order automatically gets pick, packed and shipped to the buyer. Read about small business inventory management. | PDF version.