How to Combat eCommerce Supply Chain Challenges

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With supply chain issues continuing for the foreseeable future, it’s best to start making decisions that will keep your eCommerce business running and thriving. Taking the time to assess your needs is a wise and strategic move, especially during a time when shipping rates are becoming more expensive and your needs are changing. 

Discover several ways you can combat eCommerce supply chain challenges below.

Prepare For the Holiday Rush

Before summer ends, you should have a plan for the holiday rush. Considering what storage has been like in 2021 alone, assessing and confirming warehouse needs with your 3PL should be your top priority. If they can’t hold your products at the most profitable time of the year for your business, you should consider your options sooner than later. With ongoing supply chain delays brought on by the pandemic, preparing for the holiday rush is not just a strategic move—it’s an essential one. 

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Cut Excessive Shipping Cost

This year, UPS and other shipping carriers have extended their peak surcharges which began in early 2021, and are now in place until further notice. Online sellers are not only facing delays, but additional costs brought on by their shipping carriers. This means you are paying more throughout the year for shipping than ever before. Finding an efficient shipping and fulfillment strategy is one way that you can find relief from supply chain challenges. 

Solutions like Xparcel Ground and Xparcel Expedited can cut shipping costs and help you with high volumes of inventory and orders. Xparcel’s software selects the best option for each package from a network of carriers, local and national, to deliver your orders fast and at the lowest cost possible. This service is exclusive to Rakuten Super Logistics, which means your business can benefit from our shipping network and carrier discounts.

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Work With an Experienced Partner

The best way to combat eCommerce supply chain challenges is to partner with a shipping and fulfillment partner that will last through all seasons - not just the holidays. At the busiest time of year for your business, you should know that you’ll experience fast, accurate, and smooth order fulfillment. Expectations are important when it comes to your 3PL. If they don’t make the cut, then it may be time to cut them out. 

Rakuten Super Logistics has 20 years of logistics experience in the eCommerce industry. We have a track record of growth as a company and are dedicated to being a true partner to online business owners. We are knowledgeable and know what it takes to grow and scale a successful business. See how RSL has grown since our start in 2001.

Rakuten Super Logistics embodies all of the qualities you’ve been looking for in a lasting 3PL relationship. We are more than just another summer fling. We’ll be your passionate and dedicated lifetime partner. Ready to give us a try, no-strings-attached? Get started  today for $1. 

Rakuten Super Logistics (RSL) is the leader in eCommerce order fulfillment services and freight brokerage. RSL offers national fulfillment services and a network of fulfillment centers across the US, including Anaheim (CA), Atlanta (GA), Austin (TX), Carlstadt (NJ) Chicago (IL), Denver (CO), Houston (TX), Las Vegas (NV), Olean (NY), Reno (NV), Salt Lake City (UT), and Scranton (PA). Their state-of-the-art technology allows for integration with popular shopping cart platforms and online marketplaces including Amazon, Big Commerce, Channel Advisor, eBay, Magento, ShipStation, Shopify, Volusion, Walmart Marketplace, and WooCommerce.