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FedEx Picture Proof of Delivery

The much-anticipated announcement was made on July 22nd, 2022 — FedEx picture proof of deliveries on recipients’ doorsteps will soon begin nationwide. The new service is called Picture Perfect Delivery and customers will not be required to sign up for ...
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Faire Marketplace: A Great Add-On for DTC Businesses

Faire is an online wholesale marketplace based in San Francisco that was created in 2017 with the mission of helping independent entrepreneurs realize their dreams and be able to successfully compete with larger competitors. Faire connects retailers with makers (sellers) ...
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Understanding Customs Duties and Taxes – International Shipments

When sending international shipments, it’s important to consider the effects that customs Duties & Taxes will have on the total landed cost of your shipments. Depending on the commodity being shipped and the destination it’s headed to, clearance charges could ...
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Recharge – The Subscription Management App of Choice for eCommerce 

In 2014, an entrepreneur named Oisin O’Connor launched Recharge which offers a subscription management service for shopping cart marketplaces and gives eCommerce merchants the ability to launch and scale subscription programs. Recharge not only makes managing customer subscriptions easy, it ...
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Shopify Monthly Subscription Plans

Shopify is a subscription-based eCommerce platform that helps businesses of all sizes launch online storefronts and immediately begin selling their goods to customers all over the world. Shopify wisely realized that the value of their platform stemmed from the number ...
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Understanding the Importance of a Bill of Lading (BOL)

Whether you’re shipping a full truckload (FTL) or less-than-truckload (LTL) freight shipment, it is vitally important that the shipment is accompanied by a Bill of Lading. Also known in the industry as a BOL, this is a legal document outlining ...
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Shopify – The Powerful eCommerce Shopping Cart Platform

Shopify was founded in 2006 by Toby Lutke because he could not find a simple set of software tools to build his own eCommerce website. Toby lives in Canada and was looking to create a niche site to sell snowboards ...
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Understanding and Explaining Fuel Surcharges

A fuel surcharge (FSC) is a mechanism in the transportation and logistics industry that aids in balancing the regional, global, or seasonal variations in fuel costs. It can be assessed as a flat rate fee or charged on a variable ...
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Amazon FBA prep

3PL Tips for Amazon FBA-Prep

Amazon is the undisputed juggernaut in the world of online commerce and many clients ask us about our Amazon FBA-prep service. Their dominance in the space does not mean that your company should rely on Amazon for 100% of your ...
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Understanding LTL Freight Classification in 2022

If your business ships freight using less-than-truckload (LTL) services, it is vitally important to understand freight classification. Originally created for the railroad freight industry, and later adopted by the LTL industry, freight classification was established to categorize goods and standardize ...
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1PL's, 2PL's, 3Pl's, 4PLs, 5PLs

What Are 1PL’s, 2PL’s, 3PL’s, 4PL’s, & 5PL’s?

The world of logistics is a dynamic and rapidly evolving environment. As a nation of on-demand consumers, we are all greatly dependent upon the various companies that make up the logistics spiderweb that is ingrained in the fabric of our ...
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Should Your Business be Using TikTok for Marketing in 2022?

If your business sells products on an eCommerce platform, you are probably no stranger to the world of direct response online marketing. Successful TikTok marketing campaigns can be a driving force for sales, and it’s no secret that social media ...
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Shipping Costs 101: Dimensional Weight & Delivery Area Surcharges

Shipping costs should be simple right? You place your packed box on the scale, enter the customer’s address, and get a price from the shipping software. The package is then tendered to the carrier and a happy customer awaits the ...
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Shipping Container Logjam Expected to Affect Q4-2021 eCommerce Traditional Sales Patterns

If you’ve been listening to any business news outlet lately, you’ve no doubt heard about the countless supply chain issues that continue to persist around the world. We’ve all gotten used to the new “COVID-related” delays in our everyday lives ...
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US Postal Service

How will the 10-Year Plan for USPS® Impact eCommerce?

On March 23 of 2021, the venerable United States Postal Service, under the direction of their new Postmaster Louis DeJoy, announced a 10-year Strategic Plan to stem it’s annual operating losses and achieve financial sustainability while delivering service excellence. Excellence and USPS® are ...
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eCommerce fulfillment

A Guide to Fulfillment Warehousing

In the rapidly expanding world of fulfillment, finding the proper fulfillment warehousing solution for your business has never been more important. As specialists in the world of omnichannel fulfillment, 5 Logistics provides the necessary information and services to help our ...
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3PL Third-Party Logistics

What is a 3PL, Anyways?

3PL is a term that gets mentioned a lot in the world of logistics. Most users of a 3PL don’t really understand exactly what it means, just that “they have a warehouse”. 3PL stands for third-party logistics and is an organization’s use ...
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Outsource to fulfillment center

When Should I Outsource to a Fulfillment Center (3PL)?

At 5 Logistics, we often get asked the critical question of when is the right time for an eCommerce retailer to start looking for a fulfillment partner? Unsurprisingly, the answer is that it is really dependent on your goals in partnering ...
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Apples ATT policy

Apple’s ATT Deployment

Apple’s ATT Deployment and The Impact on DTC Fulfillment Apple’s hotly contested App Tracking Transparency (ATT) policy started rolling out in late April with the release of iOS 14.5. The repercussions for small businesses are now becoming a reality, especially those ...
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