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Boost Sales with Seller Fulfilled Amazon Prime

Amazon has introduced a new Seller Fulfilled Prime program to meet the needs of retailers who choose not to put their products into Fulfilled By Amazon (FBA).  In the past, products were only included in Prime if they were placed into Amazon’s warehouses under their FBA program. However, FBA isn’t always a suitable option – some products are seasonal, some products are heavy or large, and it also means giving control of your stock to Amazon.

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The Fulfilment House Due Diligence Scheme

We are pleased to announce that The Storage Place has recently been approved by HMRC for The Fulfilment House Due Diligence Scheme.

The scheme was announced by the Government at Budget 2016, and requires all fulfilment houses that service non-UK customers must be part of the scheme and will come into effect from April 2019.

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Delivery doesn't end at the front door

We know on time delivery is one of the most important factors to customer experience, along with the right packaging, but delivery doesn’t just end at the front door. The last impression is the most important so getting the delivery right is essential.

Whether an order has been delivered through the letterbox, handed to your customer at the door, or picked up from a collection point, the customer experience isn’t complete until the item has been opened and is exactly what the customer expected.

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Customer Experience: Why Packaging & Delivery Matters

Packaging plays a vital role in the customer experience when it comes to e-commerce. Customers expect their parcel to arrive quickly, damage-free and well presented.

Packaging is the very first thing a customer will see before they even interact with your product, so it has to be right.

With that in mind, how can you improve your customer experience?

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Peak Time Challenges

During your busiest time of the year, not only are the orders flooding in and products flying out, but peak times also bring some challenges. Mistakes are more likely to be made than at other times of the year, and they sometimes can’t be dealt with as quickly or efficiently as usual.

So how do you make sure you’re ready for peak time challenges?

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The Storage Place Receives ISO 9001 Certification for 16th Year Running

We are pleased to announce that The Storage Place has recently been certified ISO 9001:2015 status by SGS – a leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company.

The ISO 9001:2015 standard is an integral part of our efforts towards sustainable development and improving our overall performance.

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An Alternative to Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA)

Many ecommerce businesses outsource the fulfilment of Amazon orders to FBA (Fulfilment by Amazon), and there are both pros and cons to selling on FBA. But what are the benefits of Fulfilment by Merchant (FBM) and using a third-party fulfilment house to fulfil Amazon orders directly?

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Does your fulfilment partner have the right IT system for you?

IT software is important not only for the fulfilment centre, but also for you – the client. When outsourcing fulfilment, you need access to stock information, the ability to view sales reports and also to track orders. The fulfilment centre may handle everything for you, but you need to be kept in the loop. What are the key features you should you look for in your fulfilment partner’s software?

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Customs bonded warehousing - How can it benefit my business?

A customs bonded warehouse is a secure space which allows you to store goods imported from outside of the EU. Import duty and VAT charges are deferred until the goods are sold or removed from the bonded warehouse, which bring many benefits to businesses who import goods.

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How can you improve your customer experience?

The right product at the right time is key to success, but there are also other factors to consider in the competitive world of eCommerce. Good customer service is what makes businesses stand out, and can result in loyal customers and repeat purchases. So how can you improve the customer experience?

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How to choose a fulfilment partner

When outsourcing order fulfilment, it’s not just about saving money, it’s about a partnership. Choosing the right partner can help your company grow and share good practice and advice. What should you look for in a fulfilment partner?

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Are you prepared for the Christmas rush?

Last year shoppers spent a record £1.1bn with UK retailers on Black Friday and 2016 is predicted to be even bigger. So with Black Friday (25th November), Cyber Monday (28th November), Christmas and Boxing Day around the corner, are you ready for the Christmas rush?

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Is it time to outsource your order fulfilment?

When businesses grow, we often find that storing, picking, packing and delivering products can become extremely time consuming. Use our checklist to help you decide if it’s time to outsource your order fulfilment.

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