Shipping Costs are a Warehousing Problem

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I read a great article on the cost of free shipping and how it is destroying margins for retailers and ecommerce companies.  Shipping costs are often blamed for the poor margins at ecommerce companies, but what these articles miss is that high shipping costs are a result of an insufficient … Read More

What is a 3PL?

A 3PL, also known as a third party logistics provider, is a company that will manage your transportation spend, provide warehouse space, and fulfill customer orders on your behalf.  This is a broad category, but to keep things simple we will focus on the warehousing and fulfillment component of a … Read More

5 Surprises When Starting Your Own Warehouse

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You’ve signed the lease, but your work has just begun.  Here is a list of some of the surprising (and critical) things you need to think about when launching a new warehouse: Hiring a team.  Will you need a dedicated Operations Manager or will you oversee the fulfillment yourself?  This … Read More

The Flexible Warehouse

Operations people love to plan things.  We are the people with checklists; the ones who ask the salespeople, “Well, how are we going to do this?”  In short, we don’t like surprises.  But unfortunately, in a start-up environment or any company going through rapid change, there will be surprises and … Read More

Flowspace Customer Testimonial: Story of a small business owner

We started Flowspace to help businesses find warehouse space when they need they need it most by offering clear, month to month pricing and an easy to use warehouse management system.  We love hearing from customers that we’ve helped out of difficult situations. Here is one customer’s story. From a … Read More

From our CEO: Why we started Flowspace

Before Flowspace, I ran a distribution center at a fast-growing ecommerce company and we had 500 pallets of product set to arrive in a few days. The only problem was that I had absolutely no place to store them. I looked at our storage utilization report from our WMS, which … Read More