Target Is Making Leaps In The Delivery War

Target Is Making Leaps In The Delivery War

Target is making major strides in the delivery wars (versus Amazon and Walmart), and the primary way they’re doing this is through Shipt, their same-day delivery service. Target is already more than halfway through rolling out this initiative — with Chicago being the first city that will test it out.

There are a number of reasons why this initiative by Target matters, one of which is that it’s only a matter of time before more local businesses begin to enter into partnerships with big corporations to deliver products to consumers’ houses/places of business. We’ve already seen this with the partnership between Amazon and local warehouses.

Shipt was purchased by Target in 2018 for $550 million, and it uses shoppers that will stay in communication with the customer as they’re picking up their item(s) for them. It’s something of a fusion of Uber and a delivery service.

In addition to Shipt, Target is also engaging with new brands called “last mile” which include Shipt, Drive Up, Target Restock and the fulfillment of online orders from within local stores.

According to a release by Target:

“’With Drive Up, we’re seeing it as popular among parents of small children for ‘fill-in trips’ to pick up items like diapers,’ a company spokesman told CNBC. He also said those shoppers opting to have their online orders fulfilled at and shipped from a local Target store are increasing their basket sizes by six times, on average.

By the end of this month, Target said it will offer same-day delivery via Shipt in more than 135 markets. By next year, all ‘major product categories at Target will come with the option to be shipped on the same day a purchase is made (some items are currently unavailable on the platform).

As of this week, more than 600 Target stores in 20 states offer Drive Up, while nearly 1,000 locations are set to offer the service by holiday season, according to the company.

‘The expectation is for the benefits [from the shipping and pickup options] to accelerate into next year as each of the programs mature and are rolled out more broadly.’

‘Target has accelerated its efforts over the past 12 months to leverage its vast store base [1,800+ locations] while providing customers with an array of convenient options to shop,’ Grom wrote. ‘In fact, management believes that by year-end, Target’s array of shopping options will put them on par, if not make them more convenient than Amazon.’”

Build Rehabilitation, which is located in Los Angeles, offers specialized packaging services to a variety of different businesses in the cosmetics industry. Build is a supplier of part and full time worker to Target who believes that people with disabilities deserve a chance.

[Kitting and Assembly Services]: Get Your Product to Market

Many companies think that their work is over after they’ve developed and produced a high-quality product, but they soon become overwhelmed when they realize how much work is involved with getting that product to the stores where it’s to be sold. That’s why it’s so beneficial to work with top quality kitting and assembly services that can smooth over the transition from factory to store. The right services will help your company save money on this transition while helping you get your products to market faster and more easily as well.

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Warehousing, Packing, and Shipping

It’s a lot of work handling the logistics of products being sent all over the country and many companies simply don’t want to deal with the extra work involved. A top quality kitting warehouse service will hold onto products for a given location until they are ready to be put out at the final destination. When searching for kitting solutions to help make your products look their best on location, try to find a company that also offers warehousing solutions.

These companies are the best to work with because products can be housed at the location and then sent out to different locations. Kitting warehouse services make dealing with a kitting and assembly services company as beneficial and seamless as possible so that you can go back to planning out more products, testing them and worrying about the production cycle.

Kitting and Display Assembly

Getting a shipment of products from a factory warehouse to an actual store is a great deal of work, and it takes time to make sure they look good on the shelves as well. The right kitting and display assembly services can ensure that your products don’t just arrive where they are needed, but that they are put onto high-quality displays that will help them stand out in the best way possible. Hiring top-notch kitting and display assembly services to put up displays for your products will only improve your sales down the road and help you get your product selling at more locations. It’s a worthwhile investment and will offer the value that you’ll have a hard time getting from most other services that you find today.

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Enjoy More Efficient Operation

Businesses are best when they stick to tasks and projects that they are experienced and specialized with. That’s why it makes sense to hire professionals for kitting solutions rather than hiring a team to take care of the task in-house. Hiring an outside company will help you avoid all the hiring hassle while helping you save money along the way as well. It’s the best investment that you can make to ensure your company does not become overwhelmed by all the different products that need to be installed on location.

Stop worrying about how you are going to distribute your products around the country. Reconsider hiring employees at your company to handle this task, and avoid worrying about buying company trucks and other equipment to handle all the shipping needs. Instead, focus on finding those top-notch kitting and display assembly services that will truly meet your needs. The right kitting solutions will make the task quick and easy and make sure that your products look great everywhere that they arrive.

SPICE to Collectively Shape the Future of Sustainable Packaging

SPICE to Collectively Shape the Future of Sustainable Packaging

Recently, the Sustainable Packaging Initiative for Cosmetics came together to set a course for sustainable packaging policies.

The members of the Sustainable Packaging Initiative for Cosmetics (SPICE), founded by L’Oréal and the consulting firm Quantis, announced the launch of this initiative for the cosmetic industry. Essentially, the goal is to foster a more sustainable future in the beauty industry.

SPICE is comprised of 11 members including: Quantis, L’Oréal, Avon Products, Inc., Clarins Group, Coty Inc., L’Occitane en Provence, L’Oréal, LVMH, Shiseido, Sisley, as well as Cosmetic Valley (French “competitiveness cluster” for perfumes and cosmetics) and FEBEA (French Federation of Beauty Companies).

The crux of this initiative is to prepare the beauty industry for the future of technological advancements. Basically, these large corporations don’t want to be in a disadvantageous situation by becoming left behind in the technology race.

According to a press release by Quantis:

“These members will work together, guided by the sustainability experts at Quantis, to develop and publish business-oriented methodologies and data to support resilient decision making to improve the environmental performance of the entire packaging value chain. These developments will be the result of collective working sessions where members will share experience and knowledge for the benefit of the initiative and eventually to drive cosmetics packaging sustainability achievements on a grand scale.

More specifically, the work delivered from SPICE will help the cosmetics industry make significant progress in three key areas: 1) guiding sustainable packaging policy development based on robust and harmonized methodology, recognized by the sector; 2) driving packaging innovation based on objective eco-design criteria to progress towards more sustainable solutions; and 3) meeting consumers’ expectations by improving communication and providing more clarity on the environmental performance of products.

‘L’Oréal’s commitment to be a co-founder of SPICE was driven by the willingness to collectively share on sustainable development progress and to allow cosmetics industry players to work more effectively together,’ states L’Oréal’s Global Head of Packaging & Development Philippe Thuvien. ‘Beyond the development of a robust methodology of environmental footprint assessment, SPICE will ultimately increase the eco-design of our products and will provide the clarity consumers expect to help them make more sustainable cosmetic purchases,’ adds Philippe Bonningue, Head of Sustainable Packaging at L’Oréal.

To learn more about the SPICE initiative and how it will shape the future of cosmetics packaging, go to www.open-spice.com.”

Build Rehabilitation, which is located in Los Angeles, offers specialized packaging services to a variety of different businesses in the cosmetics industry. With 200 disabled workers and 50,000 square feet available, we have space and the manpower required to service all of our clients and their custom packaging needs.

Google And Walmart Are Taking On Amazon

Google And Walmart Are Taking On Amazon

Walmart is one of the world’s biggest retailers, and Google is the world’s most popular search engine. It might not seem entirely obvious, but both of them share a common competitor: Amazon.

Over the past ten years, Amazon has overtaken Walmart to become the world’s largest retailer, and at this rate, its rise is only going to continue. Amazon’s power isn’t only limited to the Internet space, as increasingly they are actively becoming competitive in the physical retail space as well.

As a way to combat Amazon, Google and Walmart are going to increase their collaborative efforts in an attempt to stifle Amazon’s growth. Essentially, Google is going to work with Walmart to deliver products to customers’ homes.

According to Walmart:

“Today, we’re announcing an exciting partnership with Google to do just that. Starting in late September, we’ll be working with Google to offer hundreds of thousands of items for voice shopping via Google Assistant — the largest number of items currently offered by a retailer through the platform.

One of the primary use cases for voice shopping will be the ability to build a basket of previously purchased everyday essentials. That’s why we decided to deeply integrate our Easy Reorder feature into Google Express. This will enable us to deliver highly personalized shopping recommendations based on customers’ previous purchases, including those made in Walmart stores and on Walmart.com. To take advantage of this personalization, customers only need to link their Walmart account to Google Express.

And, this is just the beginning. Next year, we will also leverage our 4,700 U.S. stores and our fulfillment network to create customer experiences that don’t currently exist within voice shopping anywhere else, including choosing to pick up an order in store (often for a discount) or using voice shopping to purchase fresh groceries across the country.

Our new voice shopping capability, coupled with our core value proposition, including free two-day shipping and the Pickup Discount, will give our customers a compelling new way to get what they need at low prices.”

Voice shopping is only going to continue to grow in popularity, and as Amazon expands its reaches into the physical retail space (they’ve already purchased Whole Foods, and there are talks of Amazon purchasing another major American retailer), it only makes sense that Walmart is going to try to push back against it as smart shopping and delivery services are just a few ways to do that.

Build Rehabilitation, which is located in Los Angeles, offers warehousing services to a variety of different industries and businesses. With 50,000 square feet available, we have space and the business ethic required to service all of our clients and their warehousing needs.

Warehousing and Distribution Services – a strategic way to [add value to your business]

You may be in the middle of signing up to contract to package with packaging companies in Los Angeles that offers warehousing services in Los Angeles. However, something might be holding you back from doing so. You may be thinking, “Will this be beneficial for my business?”

Well, we are here to convince you with that. Below are some reasons why warehousing and distribution services add value to your business:

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Storage Space

One of the very obvious reasons why warehousing services in Los Angeles and distribution services like that offered by packaging companies in Los Angeles is the storage space. Your entire business office could do a lot more space by transferring all your production processes to a warehouse or distribution place.

This will prove beneficial to your business because it provides you with a good space to expand your office or company. Also, having your products be at a different place makes your company appear bigger than it actually is.

More Efficiency

Having some processes of your business be separated from you means more time to focus on actually growing your business. If you have to worry about every step of packaging your products, then you are just losing time and effort to do things that you are most capable of.

Using warehousing services in Los Angeles could share your load and make your business more efficient. You won’t have to worry about this aspect as they will have much more capable people to handle such tasks like contract packaging for you. Just make sure that the packaging companies in Los Angeles that you choose from are trusted.

Keeps Track of Your Stock Inventories

In line with the one above, doing business with packaging companies in Los Angeles at your side means having all your product and stock inventories in check. Since these companies have more efficient ways, tools, and expertise to hand such tasks, you can be assured that tracking your stocks and products will be the least of your worries. They will be the ones who will alert you to the processes and information. All you have to do is wait and contact them. No need to actually count them all by yourself.

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Business Safety

Dealing with contract packaging in your business would put all your products and its processes—from packaging to transportation and delivery—safe and secure. And when your products are safe, then your business is too.Goods kept in a warehouse are far safer than just in your company.

It minimizes the business risk that may happen in terms of inventory loss from theft, fire, damage, and more. And these risks, since they are now in the warehouse, are under the responsibility of the packaging company. If such events happen, you will be under the protection of insurance. And surely, the warehouse insurance company will be the one to handle the compensation. So your business will still be safe from such risks.

A History Of The Assembly Line

A History Of The Assembly Line

The assembly line is considered one of the most influential innovations of the 20th century. It altered the way that the industrial world would operate, and it affected business practices across the globe.

The Early Concept

Before the Industrial Revolution, goods were primarily produced by hand by a person who was an expert in making one particular component of that product. After that component was made, other parts would be brought together to make the final product.

In the 12th century, Venetian Arsenal ships would be produced by moving them down a canal where the different stations would add new parts to them. This process could go as fast as one day.

Ransom Olds

In 1901, Ransom Olds (creator of Oldsmobile) created and patented the assembly line. Switching over to this process allowed his car manufacturing company to increase output by over 500% in one calendar year. The Curved Dash model produced over 20 units per day!

The Oldsmobile brand was then able to create vehicles at a low price — all the while they maintained their stylish look. Oldsmobile was the first car to be produced in large numbers. It would be this model that influenced Henry Ford in his assembly line tactics.

Henry Ford

Henry Ford took the assembly line tactic that Ransom Old was using and then improved upon it by incorporating the concept of moving platforms on a conveyor system/belt. In Ford’s assembly line, the chassis of the vehicle would be towed by rope from one station to another to have different workers assemble parts on it. Essentially, one person would add a left door, whereas another worker at a different station would add a bumper to the vehicle.

Using this method, Ford was able to produce a Model T every 90 minutes, which equated to roughly two million units a year (in their better years). Although Ford didn’t invent the assembly line, Ford was the one who popularized it and perfected it.

Build Rehabilitation has the ability assemble package goods for customers using an assembly line of disabled workers.

Build Rehabilitation, which is located in Los Angeles, offers warehousing services to a variety of different industries and businesses. With 50,000 square feet available, we have space and the business ethic required to service all of our clients and their warehousing needs.

How To Find the Right Warehouse Services in Los Angeles [Definitive Guide]

Finding the right warehouse service is very important for your business. You need a secure place to store your stock. There are a lot of warehouse options out there and choosing the right one may include a lot of factors to consider. Here are seven things to consider when finding the right warehouse services.

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Location

The area of the warehouse is one of the most important considerations. The location will directly impact the convenience and efficiency in transporting and storing your products. A good location should be close to convenient transport courses, such as shipping port, main roads, and railways.

If you are a small company, consider finding a warehouse near to your company office or main customer base. If you run a large, multi-market enterprise, choose a location that will make the supply of regional demand easier.

Build Industries offer full-service warehousing and packaging services in Los Angeles. They’re strategically located close to the San Fernando Valley freeways. This allows for fast and affordable transportation of your products to all parts outside or within Southern California.

Timeframe

If you’re planning to store your inventory seasonally, consider finding a public warehouse. This type of warehouse is meant to offer short-term storage to different clients. It usually charges a monthly fee which might constitute of transaction and storage fees.

A contract warehouse, on the other hand, is ideal for long-term contracts. It manages the shipping and storage of goods on a contractual basis. The contract often lasts for years.

Services Offered

The services offered may vary from one warehousing business to another. Look at the space, staff, and equipment to determine which warehouse can handle the particular needs of your product. Ensure that the facility is clean if you want your delicate products to be in good condition.

Build Industries offers product packaging in Los Angeles. They offer plenty of services such as Order Processing, Inventory Management, and Amazon Prep Services. They have 50,000 square feet of storage area.

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Accessibility

When finding the right warehouse services, consider the accessibility of the warehouse. Does it allow access by others? If so, then make sure that there will be no timing conflicts. You should also know how often you need to access the facility and your shipping/receiving schedule.

Ceiling Height

You should determine the ceiling height of the warehouse so you’ll know whether your goods will be accommodated properly. Don’t choose a warehouse with a very high ceiling because it will only increase your expenses, including utilities and taxes.

Adequate Handling Staff

Not enough handling staff will potentially cause problems for storing and shipping your goods. To avoid this problem, look for a warehouse that has enough planning handling staff. The company should also give a sound business plan to address forecasted volume and any special needs you have.

Cleanliness And Security

Other factors to consider are cleanliness and security of the warehouse. Don’t take their word. See the warehouse yourself and find out if it’s cluttered or clean. Refuse a warehouse facility that looks dirty. Build Industries is a warehouses and services center offering warehouse solutions and cosmetic packaging in Los Angeles. For more information, call 1-818-898-0020 today.

[7 Essential Things] Your Product Packaging Must Have

As more and more businesses surface by the day, the competition to sell products also becomes increasingly high. So a need to step up is called for if you want to keep your business open.

One of the great ways you can showcase your product is through its packaging. The packaging has the power to attract and discourage the customers. And if you want your business to gain, then it helps to aim for the former: make people interested in what you have to offer.

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If your business is in Los Angeles, then it helps to know the following things for your product packaging before going off to a company offering packaging services in Los Angeles or even signing into contract packaging service in Los Angeles or even commercial packaging Los Angeles. These are the following:

Complete and Honest Product Information

If you want to establish a good relationship with your customers right from the get-go, then make sure that you provide them a packaging that has your complete and honest product information.

Take note of this aspect also when choosing a company that offers packaging services in Los Angeles. Make sure that they help you get your content and information accurately. There shouldn’t be any mistake with this as it could lead to prosecution. This is Under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations, which protects consumers from products that exaggerate or misrepresent in the packaging.

Safety Instructions

Products sold could hold potential danger. And if your packaging fails to put a warning, then it could lead to misuse, which would potentially put a bad reputation on your business. Work with a company that offers packaging services in Los Angeles like contract packaging service in Los Angeles or even commercial packaging Los Angeles to see that the safety instructions are laid out clearly and correctly.

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Manufacturer Details

For this, you really have to work together with your chosen company that is handling your commercial packaging Los Angeles to put in their name and address on the packaging. This is important in case consumers have a claim regarding the product and would wish to see more information about it.

Green Packaging

On to more physical aspects, it is very important now that you ensure your packaging is green. It has to promote the health of the environment instead of ruining it. So choose a company where you sign your contract packaging services in Los Angeles to that is environmentally-conscious and will help you with this.

Visible Product Design

People now are more curious. Meaning, they want to take a peek at what they are buying before purchasing them. That is why it is a good idea to reveal some of the product to the consumer. This also promotes comfortability with the product.

Visually Appealing Images

Make your products remarkable through a packaging that is visually appealing. Consult with the design experts of your chosen company of packaging services in Los Angeles. People would buy what is attractive. So make the most out of it.

Easy to Open

One thing people really hate is an inconvenience. And when they find your product packaging is hard to open, then they might not come back the second time around. Therefore, make sure that the packaging has easy opening features while also keeping in mind that it secures the product.

More Robots Are Coming To Warehouses

More Robots Are Coming To Warehouses

According to some analysts, the near future is set to see an increase in the number of warehouse workers that will be wearing some kind of robotic exoskeleton suits. The future of warehouses and warehousing isn’t only relegated to exoskeleton suits, robots, or robotics — in that humans won’t have jobs in the future, but they are going to increase in popularity/use in warehouse settings. Exoskeleton suits help with heavy lifting, and most people are familiar with some form of robotic automation.

Companies like Sarcos Robotics plan to introduce industrial exoskeleton suits by the year 2019 and these products aim to reduce onsite injuries and accidents. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, accidents cost American employers more than $60 billion annually. The top three leading causes (for this rather high number) are overexertion, falls from the same level, and falls from lower levels.

According to Santagate,

“Companies are looking for ways to keep employees safer, extend their workers’ longevity, and reduce the costs associated with injury risk. Right now, exoskeleton suits with payloads of around 200 pounds are coming down the pike, which means a human worker will be able to lift 200 pounds in a repetitive fashion as if he or she was lifting a pencil.”

As technology advances (in this case exoskeleton suits that have superhuman strength), Santagate speculates “It’ll be far more flexible than a rigid contraption that’s designed to do the same thing,” he says, and will allow workers to move in a more fluid manner.”

According to Norm Saenz, who is a managing director at the supply chain consultancy St. Onge Company, states that “At first, we saw a few installations here and there, but now we’re seeing some definite development taking place, with robots being used to move ‘fluid’ loads or those that include loose cases transported via tractor-trailer or container.”

Build Rehabilitation, which is located in Los Angeles, offers warehousing services to a variety of different industries and businesses. With 50,000 square feet available, we have space and the business ethic required to service all of our clients and their warehousing needs.

Choosing a Contract Packaging Company – [5 Tips] You Need to Know

Choosing a great contract packaging company in Los Angeles provides great advantages to the success of your product line when it hits the shelves. There are many packaging and warehousing services to choose from, however, picking the right one with the proper experience can make your investment go a lot further. You want your product to sell at first glance, so it’s important to choose an excellent company that specializes in your industry and needs. Choosing the right contract packaging company will push your business forward, not backward.

Here’s what you need to know about choosing the right contract packaging company:

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They have extensive experience

You’ll know you picked the right contract packaging service in Los Angeles when their history and experience is extensive, successful, and positive. If they’ve worked with brands like yours and have packaged similar products to success, they will be a great fit for your business and brand. How many years have they been in the cosmetic packaging experience? They key is to make sure that the company is well versed in contract packaging specific to your industry. Explain what it is that you’re looking for and look at the different offerings that they have. If it’s a match, you’ll feel it.

They conform to industry standards

The helpful thing about choosing a contract packaging and warehousing service is that they are aware of the regulations that need to be followed when it comes to packaging and handling product. This allows you to save money as the processes are in place and operations will run smoothly. If you’re noticing that the company you choose for contract packaging is not making the process any easier, you probably picked the wrong one.

They have efficient packaging processes

You’ll know you picked the right contract packaging company when they make the process efficient. The staff understands how to best package product in the quickest manner without losing quality. This gives you lower cost for operations.

They give you the opportunity for scale

As you’re saving money on operations by not manufacturing and packaging in-house, you are able to more quickly scale your business. If the demands for your product start to increase, your contract packaging company will know how to handle it.

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They save you money

The number one reason why you should work with a contract packaging and warehousing service is to save money. You will have fewer property costs as you won’t be running and operating a warehouse on your own. You won’t need to deal with maintenance issues, costly repairs, or any other warehouse related problems that arise. You will also save money on labor costs because you won’t need to hire any employees to pack, sort, and ship your products. If you’re working with a packaging company and you’re not saving a ton of money, consider working with a more cost-effective solution like Build Industries.

Benefiting from new technologies, new growth opportunities, and decreased overall operating costs are just a few of the tips that tell you you’ve chosen the right packaging company in Los Angeles. Start saving money on manufacturing, rent, and more when choosing Build Industries for all of your contract packaging and warehousing services.

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