When it comes to business buzzwords, optimization is often at the top of the list. With numerous methods out there, such as Lean and Six Sigma, there are various steps that a company can take to gain efficiencies. One of the major areas where companies are focusing their optimization efforts is the supply chain, with process improvements geared towards saving time and in turn, money. In recent years, as the retailers look to drive efficiencies, they are putting requirements into place that create more work for their vendors upstream in the supply chain, such as standardized compliance labels. More and more retailers, including Amazon and Target, are focusing on improving their ordering and receiving processes by having their vendors apply specific shipping labels, at the vendor's expense. Labeling your orders to meet retailer shipping labeling requirements is not as simple as "slapping a label on a box." Retailer shipping labeling requirements are unique and typically, extremely specific. As an example, these are Amazon's shipping label requirements for shipping to one of their FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) locations:
Each box and pallet you ship to an Amazon fulfillment center must be properly identified with a shipment ID label. Follow these guidelines for labeling your boxes:
This is just one retailer's requirements, so managing the labeling requirements of multiple retailers can certainly be a daunting task. Here are some labeling issues that you need to consider before shipping to your retailers:
These are some steps you can take to ensure that your labeling processes are in compliance with retailer requirements:
Rather than risk chargebacks and retailer disappointment, you'll likely want to work with partner that can navigate the world of retailer requirements for you and provide your customers with the level of service to meet their standards. That's where we come in: at Tyler Distribution, we have decades of experience adapting to and complying with evolving retailer requirements. Contact our warehousing operation, Tyler Distribution, today to discuss how we can help you provide better service to your retailers.