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Oct 11, 2023

New Feature: International Landed Cost, powered by Zonos

Automatically calculate the landed cost of international shipments at checkout, including all duties and taxes, with International Landed Cost by Airhouse and Zonos.

Jul 10, 2023

New Feature: Self-Service Order Processing

Airhouse customers can now override fulfillment rules on a per-order basis in the platform, without the intervention of an Account Manager.

Jun 8, 2023

Evaluating single-carrier shipping vs. multi-carrier shipping

DTC brands may use single-carrier or multi-carrier shipping in order fulfillment. Weigh the pros and cons of each approach to choose the best option for your brand.

May 23, 2023

How to lower international shipping costs

International markets present new opportunity for DTC brands. Learn how to lower international shipping costs so you can take advantage of new consumer markets.

May 19, 2023

What is the best shipping method? A guide to balance cost and speed

Learn more about the primary shipping methods for DTC order fulfillment, including how to balance cost and speed to determine the best option for your business.

May 17, 2023

How to launch U.S.-based fulfillment for your ecommerce brand

Learn what you need to know before launching ecommerce fulfillment in the U.S., including unique logistics considerations and what to look for in an American 3PL.

May 16, 2023

Economy vs. standard shipping: What’s best for ecommerce?

When it comes to ecommerce shipping, which do you choose: economy shipping or standard shipping?

May 15, 2023

The top 3PL companies for DTC brands and why

This research-backed list compares the 7 top 3PL companies for DTC brands, examining warehouse operations, technology, pricing, customer support, and more.

May 8, 2023

What to know about international shipping duties and taxes

Learn about international shipping duties and taxes and how they affect ecommerce sales abroad, including tariffs, value-added tax (VAT), DDU vs. DDP, and more.

May 4, 2023

Try a warehouse in Canada as a launchpad for international fulfillment

If your DTC brand is expanding into foreign markets from the U.S., learn why you should try a warehouse in Canada as a launchpad for international fulfillment.

Apr 25, 2023

The ecommerce guide to international order fulfillment

Learn what DTC ecommerce brands should consider when expanding sales outside of the U.S., and whether your business is ready for international fulfillment.

Apr 24, 2023

How to ship fragile items and packages

Shipping fragile items requires special packaging and care. In this step-by-step guide, learn how to ship fragile items and what it takes to pack them properly.

Mar 30, 2023

New feature: International shipping rates

Airhouse customers can now calculate international shipping rates from a US origin with our Shipping Rate Estimator and Carrier-Calculated Checkout Rates.

Mar 27, 2023

The pros and cons of 3PL distributed inventory

Using distributed inventory across multiple warehouses can lower fulfillment costs, but ecommerce brands should be wary of 3PLs that control inventory placement.

Mar 16, 2023

What’s the best 3PL fulfillment support model?

Ecommerce fulfillment is complex—so it's important that your 3PL provides reliable fulfillment customer support. Understand how common 3PL support models differ.

Mar 8, 2023

Why every product distribution strategy needs scalable fulfillment

Ecommerce brands should establish a reliable product distribution strategy early on—and be sure to find solutions that are prepared to scale with them.

Mar 7, 2023

Airhouse integrates with Loop Returns

Learn how Airhouse’s integration with Loop Returns is automating processes and simplifying returns for its customers.

Mar 1, 2023

7 ecommerce expenses and spending mistakes to avoid

In an effort to scale, DTC ecommerce businesses often over-invest in the wrong places. Here are seven common ecommerce expenses to cut back on for healthier growth.

Feb 27, 2023

Wholesale warehouse operations: DTC vs. B2B

Wholesale warehouse operations are vastly different than those used for DTC. These are the ways your warehouse should be optimized to manage B2B fulfillment.

Feb 17, 2023

New feature: Carrier-Calculated Checkout Rates

Learn how the Carrier-Calculated Checkout Rates feature calculates actual shipping rates and displays the cheapest options for customers at checkout.

Feb 15, 2023

Wholesale inventory management best practices

Wholesale inventory management, or B2B inventory management, requires a different approach than DTC fulfillment. Understand the differences between the approaches.

Feb 8, 2023

The importance of warehouse maintenance when handling a never-ending returns season

Maximize the success of your returns process with proactive warehouse maintenance. Learn the benefits of a solid maintenance schedule, automation, and training your team.

Feb 7, 2023

How a strong technical moat can stave off copycat products

A company’s technical moat, or the relative difficulty of reproducing its products, is an important element of growth strategy, especially for DTC brands.

Feb 6, 2023

How DTC brands rely on fulfillment to increase product margins

A healthier product margin means bigger profit. DTC brands can significantly lower their product cost by optimizing their ecommerce fulfillment strategy.

Jan 31, 2023

6 strategies for funding business growth

Raising capital is necessary for funding business growth until your revenue can cover operating costs. Here's how DTC brands structure their funding strategy.

Jan 25, 2023

Omnichannel sales: How to build retail partnerships

Retail partnerships provide a critical sales channel for scaling DTC brands. Learn how to establish retailer relationships and manage wholesale fulfillment.

Jan 19, 2023

13 ways DTC brands can reduce fulfillment costs

Reducing fulfillment costs is key to achieving healthy margins and creating a scalable business. Learn how to reduce your direct-to-consumer fulfillment costs.

Jan 9, 2023

How to choose your exit strategy

An exit is a natural next step when your brand needs more resources. These 2023 exit strategy trends can help determine what's best for you.

Dec 28, 2022

An Airhouse year in review: 2022

It’s December, and we’re looking back on the milestones and big announcements we made throughout the year.

Dec 2, 2022

New feature: Shipping Rate Estimator

Estimating shipping costs just got easier. Learn about our new Shipping Rate Estimator and how you can calculate domestic US shipping rates with Airhouse.

Nov 18, 2022

New feature: Updated Restock and freight coordination

Sending inventory to an Airhouse facility just got easier. Learn about our new Restock workflow and how you can schedule freight coordination in the platform.

Nov 10, 2022

The retailer’s guide to subscription box fulfillment

Subscriptions provide DTC brands with simple, recurring revenue, but subscription box fulfillment is challenging. Learn how fulfillment services can help.

Oct 28, 2022

3PL onboarding: making and breaking fulfillment partnerships

First impressions matter. Let’s unpack what a successful 3PL onboarding process looks like and what you should expect from your new partner.

Oct 26, 2022

Why Airhouse is a G2 Shipping High Performer

Airhouse has consistently been named a G2 High Performer—learn what sets us apart from the competition.

Oct 21, 2022

Customer reviews on G2 place Airhouse on top

We've earned 13 awards from G2 in 2022 across several categories, including Shipping, Drop Shipping, and Small-Business 3PL Software.

Oct 13, 2022

Why growth-minded businesses need transparent 3PL billing

Learn about Airhouse's transparent 3PL billing model that allows you to more easily and confidently grow your business and optimize spend.

Oct 6, 2022

5 warehouse preparation tips for the holidays

The holidays are the busiest time of year for ecommerce. These warehouse preparation tips will help ensure your warehouse is optimized for the holiday season.

Oct 5, 2022

Going Global: Announcing Airhouse’s Partnership with SEKO Logistics

Airhouse partners with Seko Logistics to empower brands using the Airhouse fulfillment platform to expand their operations globally.

Sep 28, 2022

New Feature: Projects

Introducing Projects: your one-stop shop for submitting projects like kitting, barcoding, and more directly through the Airhouse platform.

Jul 26, 2023

9 tips to prepare your ecommerce business for the holiday season

Preparing for the holiday? Leverage these nine tips to ensure your ecommerce business meets customer expectations and exceeds revenue goals this year.

Sep 15, 2022

How to boost online sales with virtual bundling

Virtual bundling allows ecommerce brands the flexibility to sell complementary products together—reducing shipping costs and increasing order value.

Sep 1, 2022

How to build your ecommerce tech stack: what you need and why

An efficient ecommerce tech stack can help streamline your processes and scale your business. Learn which platforms and technologies will best suit your company.

Aug 22, 2022

What to know about preparing inventory for your warehouse

Before a warehouse can stock your inventory, it must be fully prepared to be shipped. Learn the common warehouse requirements and how to meet them economically.

Aug 10, 2022

How to write a return policy for your ecommerce brand

A good return policy can lead to happy, recurring customers. Learn to write the best return policy for you and them.

Aug 3, 2022

Is Amazon or DTC fulfillment better for your ecommerce business?

When should ecommerce brands sell through Amazon (FBA), and when should they work directly with a DTC fulfillment provider? It depends on budget and goals.

Jul 26, 2022

The benefits of multi-warehouse shipping for ecommerce brands

Multi-warehouse shipping strategies help high-growth ecommerce businesses maximize the efficiency of their fulfillment operations, saving time and money.

Jul 19, 2022

5 reasons why ecommerce brands should outsource fulfillment

Fulfillment is complex and critical to an ecommerce brand’s customer satisfaction. Learn how you can outsource fulfillment to grow your DTC business.

Jul 12, 2022

How to evaluate if a 3PL has the best shipping options for you

All third-party logistics (3PL) companies approach shipping in different ways. Learn what to look for when evaluating the shipping options at 3PLs and 4PLs.

Jul 6, 2022

5 questions you should ask when evaluating a 3PL warehouse

Warehouses vary almost as much as the inventory they store. Here are five questions you should ask before choosing a 3PL warehouse partner.

Jun 23, 2022

3PL vs. 4PL: What fulfillment outsourcing model is right for you?

Whether you’re considering a 3PL vs. 4PL, outsourcing fulfillment operations is a great option for ecommerce businesses big and small.

Mar 29, 2022

Announcing our $11 million Series A to power modern ecommerce operations

We’re excited and proud to share that Airhouse closed an $11 million Series A financing round led by DNX Ventures with participation from Elizabeth Street Ventures, Gaingels, James Beshara, RemoteNative Ventures, and Trajectory Capital.

Mar 25, 2022

Which fulfillment pricing model is right for you?

From small businesses just getting started to the world’s top direct-to-consumer (D2C) ecommerce brands, there’s one universal truth: order fulfillment is hard.

Feb 28, 2022

New! Returns (Beta)

We know that managing returns for ecommerce brands can be time-consuming, but critical to providing a strong customer experience. Today, we’re sharing a new Beta feature to help streamline returns in Airhouse, with more functionality yet to come.

Jan 6, 2022

New! Invoices and Cost Data in Airhouse

Access your invoice in the Airhouse app. You can now view and export detailed costs per order including processing fees and surcharges, making it easier to plan for your future growth.

Oct 18, 2021

Changes to USPS, FedEx, and UPS for Q4 2021 (and what it means for you)

Shipping carriers continue to adjust their operations to get packages out the door as quickly as possible. Read how these changes affect your company’s fulfillment.

Sep 29, 2021

How every D2C brand should prepare for the 2021 holiday peak season

The peak holiday season can strain even the most efficient supply chains. In this blog post, we’ll explore the changes that could impact your holiday shipping and fulfillment process in 2021.

Sep 14, 2021

New! Order hold, drilldown, and more

We’ve recently added new features to the Airhouse dashboard to help you gain even more control over how your orders enter and leave the warehouse.

Jun 4, 2021

New! Integration with Squarespace

Since our launch in June 2020, our team has been at work adding new features to help high-growth businesses handoff and automate parts of their ecommerce operations. Due to high demand, today we’re excited to announce a new integration we’ve built for Squarespace.

Jun 4, 2020

Introducing Airhouse

Introducing Airhouse, the first-of-its kind operations solution for D2C ecommerce companies that automates getting your products into the hands of customers.

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