Best of the DCL Logistics Blog – 2019


2019 brought many successes to DCL Logistics and our customers. One of the biggest high points was opening our Louisville, Kentucky facility. The entire DCL team works tirelessly to provide the best support to our customers. There are many Employee Spotlights on the blog that highlight the work of our team members. DCL customers continue to grow their businesses, finding success from our experience with both online and brick-and-mortar retailers. Monthly we post a Customer Spotlight about a particular DCL customer’s success. 
The DCL Logistics blog provides industry best practices, important fulfillment resources, and insights into industry trends. In 2019 the DCL team published close to 100 posts—in case you missed them, here are some of the most popular posts from this year. 

All About Amazon

It can seem like a big hurdle for a small startup to launch their product on Amazon. There are many services Amazon offers—each with their own set of distinct parameters—but Amazon doesn’t provide much in the way of support in getting set up. Working with a 3PL, especially one experienced with Amazon SFP, FBA, and all the options in between, can give any startup a leg-up on their success with the Amazon platform. 

How a 3PL Supports Your Amazon Business

In 2018, Amazon accounted for 49% of all online retail sales and 5% of total retail sales in the US. With their rapid growth, the number of sales options for sellers on Amazon and the complexities surrounding them have increased substantially in the last few years. An experienced third-party logistics partner (3PL) can help you optimize your sales channels if you decide Amazon is the right place for your business. Ultimately working with a 3PL to sell through Amazon will help save you time and money…

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Selecting the Right Amazon Fulfillment Option

When working with Amazon, there are a few fulfillment options to choose from: Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), Seller Fulfilled Prime (SFP), and Merchant Fulfilled Network (MFN). One factor that sellers have to weigh when evaluating their fulfillment options is reaching Amazon’s most coveted customers, Amazon Prime Members. According to a recent study, prime members spend $1,400 annually on Amazon compared to non-members who spend $600 annually on Amazon. Memberships continue to grow, recently surpassing 100 million members. Here are the pros and cons of each to help you decide which option is the best for your business…

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International Insights 

There were many changes to tariffs and taxes in 2019. Since many consumer electronics and products are manufactured internationally, and shipped globally, it’s important for product companies to have up-to-date best practices on international manufacturing and global shipping. The DCL blog engages guest writers to share industry insights on specific topics such as international distribution, shipping regulations, and more.

Customs, Taxes, and Regulations—Top Considerations When Expanding Your Distribution Into Canada 

Canada is the first country that US businesses should think of when they start looking at international expansion. With a population of 36.5 million and a GDP per capita that is the fifth largest in the world, it offers a large consumer base for American companies.

Expansion into any new country requires many new processes, and ultimately due diligence to ensure all paperwork happens according to the import country’s standard. When considering expanding into Canada, specific attention should be paid to the following: product labeling, shipping requirements, tax implications, and customs and duties regulations…

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Finding the Right Fit 

There are so many things to juggle when running a product company, and none can be more important than order fulfillment—to retain customer satisfaction. When it comes to outsourcing your fulfillment, getting the right kind of help from an experienced 3PL can be just the help you need for optimal growth and success. 

When should a startup consider using a 3PL? 

When it comes to startups, one common question is: why outsource fulfillment to a third-party logistics provider (3PL) at such an early stage of operations? At first glance it might seem more cost effective to try to manage fulfillment yourself, yet once you analyze the many factors associated with fulfillment, the choice might not be as obvious. Operating and managing a growing business involves wearing many hats—and sometimes success comes from offloading important responsibilities, even if the initial costs might seem onerous. Partnering with a 3PL can be a great asset in helping startups manage order fulfillment… 

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Outsourcing Order Fulfillment 101

Logistics can be one of the most important, and often complicated parts of operating a business. The complexity and increased consumer pressure and expectations that sellers need to meet makes managing the logistics process even more significant in today’s marketplace. For a small company that is just getting off the ground, it can be possible to manage it yourself. However as you grow and demand increases it might make sense to consider outsourcing shipping and supply chain management…

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