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Grow your small business with Amazon FBA

Posted by Thomas Wong

Fulfillment by Amazon (a.k.a., Amazon FBA) is one of the best ways for your small business to outsource storage and fulfillment. But before we get into the details, let’s talk about why you might want to consider this option at all. The challenges of handling your own warehouse space The thing is: storage can be […]

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When should your small business consider a 3PL?

Posted by Thomas Wong

If you’re already practising the basics of inventory management within your business and you still feel like you’re spending too much time on fulfilling orders, then it’s probably time to consider third party logistics (3PL). The big selling point of using a 3PL is specialization. Think about it this way: your own business is optimized […]

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Periodic inventory vs perpetual inventory

Periodic vs. perpetual inventory

Posted by Thomas Wong

There are two methods for tracking and accounting for your products: the periodic and perpetual inventory systems. The periodic system is easier to start out with because it is less complex, but we’d suggest the perpetual inventory system for all but the smallest of businesses. It’s a more accurate system for your business to grow […]

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Track your products by serial and lot numbers

Posted by Thomas Wong

Tracking inventory accurately can require more than just stock counts. Many products can have lot, batch, or serial numbers attached to them — and properly managing these is just as important as monitoring your inventory levels. Lot and serial numbers are tracked through the manufacturing process, delivery to retail stores, and right through to the […]

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Safety stock and reordering

Posted by Thomas Wong

Your safety stock and reorder point help you determine how low your stock can get before you need to order more. If you don’t reorder when you reach your reorder point, you’re likely to run out of stock. Safety stock contributes to your reorder point by accounting for things like: delays in shipping, sudden increases […]

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