The rise of the 7PL (and how it’s transforming logistics)

It seems like whenever we’ve got to grips with one acronym, a new one comes along that needs detangling. But don’t worry: That’s what Sippin’ & Shippin’ is here for. We’ve all heard of 3PLs (Third-Party Logistics) and a lot of us are familiar with 4PLs (also known as lead logistics providers). But what about 7PLs?

30-minutes-or-it’s-free shipping (like Domino’s Pizza, for ecommerce)

There’s a dizzying number of shipping strategies for merchants to choose from in 2021. Same-day delivery is the new kid of the block, with the market set to be worth $9.6 billion in the United States by 2022. Next-day shipping is also increasingly common, while two-day shipping has become the new normal thanks to Amazon.

Omnichannel fulfillment blues (and how to overcome them)

Building a strong omnichannel fulfillment strategy is much easier said than done. But what exactly IS omnichannel fulfillment? We’re used to hearing about how today’s consumers want freedom and flexibility in how they shop, but a lot less about what’s needed to make this happen. But for every in-store return or order for curbside pick-up, there’s a huge number of moving parts that need to come together seamlessly for a great customer experience.

How to navigate the free shipping puzzle

What causes ecommerce merchants the biggest headache? The free shipping conundrum. As we discussed in our last episode, this opens up a whole can of worms. Should your ecommerce business be offering free shipping? If so, how fast should your shipping method be? And is fair to consider a free shipping threshold? Navigate to any ecommerce or logistics news site, and you’ll be inundated with resources that promise.

Sustainability and COVID-19: Are supply chains more or less green?

On April 22nd, the world celebrated the 51st annual Earth Day, an acknowledgment of the role we all need to play in safeguarding the environment. This year’s Earth Day marked several major corporations, including Unilever and Pepsi Co, committing to step up their efforts to reduce waste and emissions.

The Amazonization of retail: What does this mean for merchants?

It’s no secret that Amazon is the retail industry’s number one influencer. Ever since it first entered the fledgling ecommerce marketplace, Amazon has totally reshaped consumer expectations for the online shopping experience. Whenever Amazon introduces a new service offering, whether it be two-day shipping or order tracking, it quickly becomes industry standard.