The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur Blog, July 5, 2010
If you sell physical products, why would you want to store all your goods in your home or manage a small warehouse? Why hassle with stuffing boxes and walking to the post office? Outsourcing the pick, pack and shipping of your orders just makes sense. Outsourcing storage and fulfillment is especially valuable to businesses selling overseas: international shipping is expensive, prone to errors and customs problems. Instead, get an overseas warehouse on demand to store and ship those orders. Read more. | PDF version.
Crain’s New York Business, May 12, 2010
The holy grail: A profitable side business that doesn’t take time away from their main career… This kind of gig isn’t easy to find. Ventures that fit the bill usually revolve around work that can be done outside of traditional business hours, or that can be automated using low-cost technologies or outsourced to low-cost providers… David Wurtz, a product manager at Google, runs a fast-growing online store called TopTVMounts, which sells hardware for mounting televisions. He uses a service called Shipwire to store inventory around the country and make local deliveries. “I put in three to four hours a week,” says Mr. Wurtz, who has two part-time employees. Read more. | PDF version.
Internet Retailer, April 2010
Making it easy for customers to send their stuff back can rack up heavy costs in inventory management as well as shipping, but not doing so can leave e-retailers with a bad mark and fewer repeat customers, experts say. “Our research shows that companies committed to an easy returns process get high marks from consumers,”… retailers opt for outsourced returns management systems offered by companies such as … Shipwire Inc. … which offer a range of online returns processing and warehousing services… Seat Glovers also uses Shipwire’s warehouse facilities for receiving returned merchandise as well as for shipping initial orders, an option Blaiwes says has produced a good return on investment compared to when Seat Glovers operated its own warehouse… Read more. | PDF version.