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American Expediting is Providing Quality Specialty Logistics for Championship Sports Teams.

 

 

As a consumer, I’ve always been amazed to see t-shirts in my local stores within hours of my favorite teams winning championships.  T-Shirts and embroidered hats are positioned close to the store cash registers, with lines of buyers waiting to make their purchases.  As if the team’s victory wasn’t magical enough, the production, shipping, and store placement surely adds to the excitement of happy fans.

 

For the past six years, American Expediting has been a key partner in making this magic.  We’ve handled retail deliveries throughout the country for most of the major sport leagues, and for dozens of collegiate and franchised teams including; Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Anaheim Ducks, and Chicago Blackhawks from the NHL.  Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors from the NBA, The Ohio State University, Kentucky Wildcats, UNC, and Duke’s college basketball and football programs.

 

Building up this portfolio of deliveries comes only after intensive logistical planning, operational routing, and chaotic evenings.  The process begins when the printers receive their projected store orders for immediate delivery.  A retail store may order thousands of units for their top stores, with only a small amount delivering in a rush.  The remaining arrive more economically within 2 to 3 days.  In the case of this past week’s victory for the Pittsburgh Penguins, we received a bulk spreadsheet from one client with over 400 lines of orders.  The raw data involved is an intensive puzzle. The list is made up of four printers spread out anywhere from 30 to 150 miles from Pittsburgh, two major retailers, over 60,000 t-shirts and 2,500 cartons. We also take into account the store receiving hours, and estimated availability that starts at 2:30am and runs throughout the day.  We quickly unscramble the data to determine the vehicle types that are needed, route the deliveries, estimate delivery times, and charges for each route.

 

This week our real magician was Brandon Yagelski out of our Pittsburgh location.  Brandon worked with our logistics planners and coordinated with dozens of drivers to be prepared to activate for remote printer pick-ups immediately after the game.  He got on the phone and confirmed each drivers availability, and stayed in contact with them until each box was delivered and signed for by store personnel.  While the process may appear magical to us as consumers, the process and success requires hard work, determination, and the luck of the puck going into the goal.

 

Great job to everyone involved!!

 

Glenn Berger

 

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We provide a full line of concierge services in expediting. Click Here for more info:

We can expedite just about anything for you, quickly and professionally.

Are you a busy individual or a customer-focused organization with a unique or out-of-the-ordinary request? We Say Yes! The American Expediting team is excited about meeting your concierge needs. We’ve delivered everything from birthday cakes, groceries and event tickets to flowers and gifts on behalf of our customers. We run errands, pick up prescriptions, even retrieve keys or passports that have been left at home. We meet and assist delivery personnel, arrange ground transport for travelers, as well as arrange auto transport and moving services. We transport pets, too.

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The Same Day On-Demand Delivery Revolution. American Expediting is leading the charge.

 

You have a delivery window and no margin for error.

Whether you need to transport something across town, between cities or across the country, no one puts more reliable Same Day/On-Demand delivery solutions at your command — from bicycle messengers and couriers with cars, minivans, SUVs, cargo vans and trucks to air shipments including next-flight-out. The addition of straight trucks and tractor-trailers to our fleet allows shippers to answer the needs of their customers the same day.

 

Over the last 5 years the on-demand, same day delivery model has exploded. The faster and more efficient you are in providing the service the better. Customers want their products and they want it yesterday. This is becoming the norm in shipping. With the advent of technology in shipping and pop-up fulfillment it is possible to guarantee same day shipping in most markets. At American Expediting we have been providing this type of service since our inception.  We provide a Quality experience from start to finish and that is the key to our growth. We accept any challenge and work to ensure the job is done same day everyday.  To find out more about our services click here 

 

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Some factors that have contributed to the rise in popularity of same day shipping include: 

(Taken from Geri Spieler of the Huffington Post Blog Titled Coming to a warehouse near you: The “Same Day Delivery” revolution 11/22/1016)

 

“Over the past 12 months, according to a 2016 study conducted by Walker Sands, half of all online shoppers have used one-day shipping, and 85 percent have used two-day shipping. Growth for buyer’s show that one in 10 has used same-day shipping over in the past year. And two-thirds of online shoppers who buy multiple products online, pick up their order at their local store.

Changes in warehouse usability

Same-day delivery works to close the deal more quickly by implanting fresh warehouse tactics to fuel warehouse e-commerce success. For retailers to stay competitive, they need to re-think their fulfillment options and offer their customers multiple shipping and delivery alternatives. Frequent online shoppers will choose the company that gives the most options.

High tech warehouse

The traditional warehouse was large buildings located out in rural areas where real estate is cheap. Today, all that has changed. Now warehouses are built along shipping routes and outfitted with new, robotic pick and pack technology.

Along with this new warehouse option, retailers’ strategies are changing dramatically and becoming a more critical piece of the e-commerce landscape — from how the geographic location of each warehouse is chosen to how products are documented and loaded into the warehouse inventory.
Using new technologies offers retailer’s competitive logistics and the ability to offer shipping options to that keep their customers happy.

Fulfillment centers take several configurations, these days. In some circumstances, a retailer may utilize a standard store as a local fulfillment center based on the location.

Amazon has been scouting real estate all over the U.S. and has built 70 million square feet of fulfillment center space nationwide. Along with the expanded warehouse space, it has launched a new service, “Get it Today” in 12 markets around the country that operate seven days a week.

“The trend is to locate DCs much closer to consumers and operate a lot more of them,” according to Garrick Brown, research director at Cassidy Turley, a commercial real estate firm based in St. Louis.

The brick-and-mortar hybrid

Brick-and-mortar stores need to re-invent their business model if they are going to stay relevant. Midrange stores, such as Target, are extending its brick-and-mortar roots by converting some of its storefront space as an alternative warehouse to increase sales and adapt to new consumer needs. In the fourth quarter of 2015, Target fulfilled 30 percent of its online orders from stores which was a record number of Internet customers who picked up their orders at the retail store.

It was evident to Target that fulfilling orders from its retail stores was proof for this angle in that Target’s success in fulfilling orders efficiently. Other retailers are still working out their strategy for inventory on the shelf or in the local warehouse.

With these results, more retailers are shifting to using their brick-and -mortar stores as fulfillment centers, thereby becoming a neighborhood warehouse.

“While we’ve added capacity across our entire direct-to-guest network, our fourth-quarter experience demonstrated the power of relying on our stores to fill digital demand,” said John Mulligan, Target’s chief operating office, in a Wall Street Journalarticle.

Same day delivery

 

To allow for an even balance between brick and mortar fulfillment centers and the traditional store, retailers need to move quickly to create a channel to fulfill its supply chain by using their store infrastructures as a national network of fulfillment centers.”

We take our philosophy and apply it across all industries. No matter what we are transporting and delivering our commitment to quality sets us apart!

 

 

Whether its medical specimens or high end parts for a technology provider , fine desserts and perishables to garments and auto parts. We have been satisfying customers in all sorts of industries since 1983.

Our technology and operational procedures are always evolving to set an industry standard. Our warehouse and fulfillment operations are set up in all of our markets.

 

At American Expediting our growing nationwide network is allowing us to better serve our customers.  We are able to offer warehousing, fulfillment and transportation same day solutions that most providers cant so by keeping all the services consolidated into a single operation our customers have had success expanding their own markets and footprints.  We continue to grow and evolve but we always stay true to our commitment to quality.

 

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Courier Services Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Is helping the Kids !! Check out this story on our team in Pittsburgh !

Our Pittsburgh office is lending a helping hand .Courier Services Pittsburgh.

 

Pittsburgh is currently working on a project for a local department of Human Services. The staff is working on putting together 120 duffel bags for children ages 0-3 and 120 duffel bags for children ages 4 and older.

The bags are filled with various items that have been selected by case workers to aid the children in their transition to living in managed homes and facilities. This is a large project that the warehouse personnel are helping to stage and fill bags for delivery. This type of project really is showcasing our dedication as a company to quality service in everything we do. It is very important to us and to our team to be able to help the local communities in the cities we are in. This project goes a long way in helping to ease the transition in what is a very hard time for these children.

 

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The sales staff is filling the bags and they will then help to deliver the bags to caseworkers throughout the area. We cant say enough about the dedication and professionalism shown by all the team members involved in this process of putting these all together.

Special thanks to Sally Figas and Ivy Fodor for contributing pictures and information on the project. Big thanks to everyone involved in Pittsburgh. This project will help children when they need it most so as a company we could not be prouder to do so.