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Amazon Re-shipper Services Give AU Shoppers Access to 400+ Million More Products

Monday, July 16th, 2018

Amazon Re-Shipper Services

Australia may have just gotten Amazon Prime, but they’re now out of luck when it comes to shopping the global Amazon marketplace.

For Australia, buying foreign goods is often less expensive than buying from a domestic retailer. In an effort to level the playing field for Australian businesses, legislation was introduced to apply a 10% goods and services tax (GST) on overseas purchases.

While some are less worried than others over the new tax, Amazon has taken surprising measures in response. On May 31, 2018, Amazon announced their decision to disallow Amazon customers in Australia from purchasing through the US and other global versions of their ecommerce site. Citing the tax as the reason, Amazon determined the collection and payment of the tax to Australian Taxation Office was not worth the relatively small amount of revenue generated from the continent’s global online shopping.

For those looking to get around the block, Amazon buyers are using alternative methods like re-shipping services. Here’s how the package forwarding services work:

  • Shoppers outside of the US shop US-based ecommerce retailer sites
  • At checkout, the shopper enters a domestic address provided by the re-shipper
  • The re-shipper receives and forwards the package to the shopper’s international address

 
At American Warehouse, international shoppers shopping US sites can get the same service we offer our clients. We offer efficiency and cost-savings. We do this by minimizing dimensional weight through repackaging in more economical ways, as well as combining shipments for the shopper as requested.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way. With 400+ million more products available on the US-version of Amazon, Australian and other international shoppers, are looking for ways around the new law. The Amazon re-shipper services offered by American Warehouse give AU shoppers access to more product options at lower prices.


eCommerce Fulfillment: Beyond the Garage

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

eCommerce Fulfillment

You’re up and running. You’re gaining some traction, and then suddenly you’re feeling like this:

overwhelmed by boxes

It may be time to outsource your logistics.

The ecommerce sales channel is growing at an unprecedented rate. According to the U.S. Commerce Department,

Consumers spent $453.46 billion on the web for retail purchases in 2017, a 16.0% increase compared with $390.99 billion in 2016. (Digital Commerce 360, 2018)

It’s no wonder that more and more entrepreneurs are trying their hand at online retail. The concept is simple: Choose a product that meets a need, build your ecommerce site, and market it with a compelling offer. The challenges come once you start seeing success:

  • Amazon Effect – Innovation is constantly changing the game
  • Warehousing – You’re running out of space
  • Inventory management – Receiving more orders than you have products
  • Picking and packing – The quality and accuracy of the fulfillment process
  • Shipping and/or Distribution – Carrier management and partnerships
  • Scaling – Your resources are limited and tied up

To ease your pain, there are several alternative choices for managing operations:

Self-warehousing
In the interests of control and simply misunderstanding what will be required, some will start their own warehouse operation. With this option, the business owner is now running two businesses, and not focusing on their revenue generating business.

Co-habitation
Joining forces with another business allows you to share responsibilities and cost. These releases some of the burden of self-warehousing but misses the opportunity to partner with a professional.

Outsource to a 3PL
Bringing in a professional with the right tools and connections allows you to focus on your strengths while assured that your distribution is handled with efficiency in time and cost.

The options span the gambit, but please don’t try to build a warehouse for your fulfillment needs. The costs associated with rent, equipment, staff and the mistakes you’ll inevitably make far outreach the costs of hiring a professional that already has these in place. A 3PL will handle all your logistical challenges so you can focus on your core competencies:

  • Manages warehousing and distribution channels
  • Has the processes and systems in place to manage your inventory and orders with accuracy
  • Reduces costs associated with running a warehouse and distribution center
  • Provide a personal touch to optimizing your business logistics and supply chain

A 3PL solves your warehouse and fulfillment challenges so you can get back to focusing what you’re good at – driving ecommerce sales through your business.

Column: U.S. e-commerce sales grow 16.0% in 2017. (2018, February 16). Retrieved June 2, 2018, from https://www.digitalcommerce360.com/article/us-ecommerce-sales/


FLEXE Space for Modern Logistics

Friday, July 21st, 2017

FLEXE Warehouse Partners

An emerging market is growing quicker than expected. You’re out of warehouse storage. Your customer needs the product now. Enter FLEXE, the marketplace for warehouse space. FLEXE aims to solve the problems of warehouse overflow and fulfillment demands by connecting brands directly to a warehouse provider.

Called the AirBNB of warehousing, FLEXE helps retailers fill an immediate need while driving business to warehousers. They act as a middle-man, managing the customer’s inventory through their own WMS and providing centralized visibility and communication.

Additionally, FLEXE announced earlier this summer that they were expanding into fulfillment services, offering nation-wide next day shipping for their clients. Retailers are thrilled to have Amazon-fast shipments without the associated price tag.

Prime for innovation, FLEXE utilized the on-demand business model to build a service that filled a need – one that’s great for the shipper and great for the warehouse. Like a 3PL, FLEXE’s service reduces overhead and risk while increasing profit. We’re huge fans of the FLEXE team and fellow partners, though the FLEXE model somewhat depersonalizes the process. Our business was built on the commitment to customer partnering, and we’ll continue to value the relationships we build with our customers. That stands true for our FLEXE customers as well.

We’re honored to have been selected as a FLEXE premiere partner and look forward to continuing our commitment to provide top-notch service to all of our logistics customers.


The Power of Your Story to Inspire

Thursday, November 10th, 2016

 

Inspiration in business

We all have a story that will inspire someone else. I have found real motivation in listening to Brian Buffini’s new podcast.  Are you living an inspired life? If you’re like many people, you may feel stuck, overwhelmed, and frustrated—the most common symptoms of living an uninspired life. In this episode, Brian offers timeless tips for living an inspired life. You’ll learn about the symptoms of an uninspired life, the benefits of being inspired and you’ll get the tools you need to incorporate inspiration into every day. You’ll also learn the seven sources of inspiration to tap into to start your journey to a happier life. If you’re feeling stuck in a rut, this is an episode you don’t want to miss.

 

Inspiration from today’s interview:

“If you fix the foundation, the cracks in the walls stop appearing.” – Brian Buffini

“I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.” –Theodore Roosevelt

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” –Denis Waitley

“We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you have zest and enthusiasm, you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.” –Norman Vincent Peale

“Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.” –Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” –Nelson Mandela

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” -Henry David Thoreau

“There is so greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”-Maya Angelo

Remember it is your story, not someone else, be inspired to give inspiration!!

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Happy New Year!

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

 

Happy New Year

A big happy New Year to all our customers and stakeholders!!!

We are excited about increasing profits for our partners and assure them that their shipments will safely reach their customers.

To new opportunities and challenges in 2015!!

What are some of your new commitments and goals this year?

#americanwhse #distributingassurance #warehousing #distribution

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