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Outside the Box – FSI’s Blog Spot

FSI featured on Atlanta Business Radio X

By Forrest Marbutt

Check out our podcast featuring FSI’s Seth Gilland being interviewed on Atlanta Business Radio X.  Hear him describe why more and more companies are turning to FSI for their pick/pack/ship and kit packing fulfillment needs.   

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How will the 2018 USPS Rate Increase Affect Your Business?

Atlanta, GA - Many companies selling direct to consumer on-line use USPS shipping methods to effectively reach their customers at a postal price point. A price increase was approved for the USPS in late 2017 and will take affect January 21, 2018.  To provide an overview of the upcoming changes, FSI found an industry article, attributed to Krish Iyer of Shipstation, for your reference. 

USPS Announces Rate Change for 2018

by Krish Iyer from Shipstation blog 

As FedEx has already done, the USPS followed suit with their own rate change that will take effect on January 21st, 2018.  Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approval was gained in Nov., 2017.  As expected, the rates increased year over year, but there were a few surprises.  

The announced rate of increase is 3.9% for shipping services; mailing services will increase by 1.9%.  As with other carriers, this announced rate change encompasses the broad range of products and services, and the actual rate of increase for your specific shipment mix might differ.  

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FSI Named a Multichannel Merchant Top 3PL for 2016

FSI has been named a Multichannel Merchant Top 3PL for 2016, a list of leading third-party logistics providers selected by the editors of Multichannel Merchant.

During our 20 years in business, FSI has established itself as a leading provider of third party logistics/fulfillment services, helping companies to deliver merchandise to consumers, retail stores and businesses around the corner and around the globe. FSI offers a full suite of 3PL fulfillment services including storage, inventory management, pick/pack/ship of orders, International shipping expertise, promotional support and custom kit assembly. FSI offers a unique approach to fulfillment support. By layering technology solutions and system/web site integrations with proven logistics best practices, clients gain a solid partner on their team. FSI’s clients maintain a wide variety of sales channels requiring all types of support. Our diverse service offering gives clients the peace of mind to focus on their business development and growth while giving them a true competitive advantage in the marketplace.

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FSI Hosts GMA Plant Tour

FSI was proud to be included in one of the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance's (GMA) latest plant tours. FSI recently took a tour of the Port of Savannah (see our blog post) through the GMA, and we were very pleased to be included among such important tours within the supply chain industry.

The event proved to be a great day of networking and education. In most of our tour situations, FSI is speaking to prospects about what makes FSI the best choice for outsourcing their fulfillment. In those cases, our visitors are at least somewhat familiar with what a fulfillment company does. In today’s tour, while some attendees had experience with fulfillment companies, for the rest it was a complete learning experience. Our discussion topic was “8 Reasons to Outsource to a Fulfillment Company”. In our tour, FSI was able to demonstrate kit packing, pick/pack/ship, shrink wrapping, receiving, and many other tasks. Attendees were very interested in learning more about our company background and the top reasons for our growth and success.

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FSI Celebrates 20 Years of Business!

Wow, 20 years old! FSI just celebrated being in business for 20 years! Back in 1996, the Olympics were coming to town here in Atlanta and the Internet as we know it today w­as just getting off the ground. Brothers Ken and Hoyt Marbutt founded FSI on April 1st that year with just 13,000 ft² of space. After a few moves, we’re now using about 180,000 ft². We opened our doors with our 2 founders and 1 temp, and today we average around 60 total employees. By the way, that temp from 20 years ago was soon hired full-time and is still with FSI today. While things change dramatically over the course of 20 years and we have made innumerable adjustments to keep up with those changes, kit packing and pick/pack/ship have always been at the heart of FSI’s core business offerings. It’s what we do and it’s the reason we have been recognized so often at the local and national levels for providing truly world-class fulfillment services.

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7 YEARS IN A ROW - FSI among 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies

Inc. Magazine Unveils 34th Annual List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies: The Inc. 5000

For the 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7thyear in a row, Inc. magazine ranked FSI among the top 5000 fastest growing private companies in America in its exclusive annual Inc. 5000 list. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Companies such as Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, GoPro, Timberland, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000. The 2015 list added such powerhouses as Fitbit, Smashburger, Planet Fitness and Radio Flyer.

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FSI Sponsors Caring For Others, The Art of Nature Gala

FSI was proud to support the charitable organization Caring For Others, Inc. (www.caring4others.org) in their Art of Nature Gala event held at the Georgia Aquarium.

Caring For Others, Inc. is a human services organization established to facilitate personal dignity and provide basic necessities to economically-disadvantaged individuals, senior citizens, the disabled, the unemployed, and families with children. They offer an advanced model for human services that strives to prevent the familiar cycle of poverty many people face today. Caring For Others helps stabilize lives by meeting immediate basic needs of food and clothing, and then provide support to help clients become more self-sufficient.

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