Specifically these people.
Whitebox handles all of your eCommerce needs from marketplace management to the returns process. They also have their own fulfillment centers and proprietary WMS to help you distribute your product to your customer and meet service level expectations. Rob and I discuss his big career takeaways, what Whitebox does and some tips for selecting a 3PL to work with.
Everyone purchases products and/or services online now. From your grandma to your mechanic to your first-grade teacher, they’ve all purchased something on the internet.
From sneakers to online sales classes, the e-commerce industry is exploding with opportunities to sell products and services of all kinds. It will only continue to expand and grow.
These people are the ones pushing the e-commerce industry through the next decade. Go and follow these experts to follow their thoughts on e-commerce strategies, products, promotion, user experiences, interfaces, storytelling and more.
COVID-19 has changed the way consumers are shopping, with a largely remote workforce who have turned to online shopping for their necessary, and unnecessary items, to avoid in-store shopping. It is clear consumers aren’t returning to their old, pre-pandemic habits anytime soon. However, the products shoppers are searching for have shifted.
It’s no surprise that last year we saw a spike in pandemic-related products, such as hand sanitizer and face masks, with the majority of top 10 product searches being related to these protective items and panic buying peaking in July of 2020.
The world of commerce has been steadily shifting to online. Between 2017 and 2019, U.S. e-commerce sales rose from $461 billion to $602 billion, reflecting a change in behavior as consumers grew more comfortable with online purchases and the convenience e-commerce offers. Not surprisingly, the current pandemic has significantly accelerated e-commerce growth. And consumer demands for the broadest array of choices are driving the continued rise of the marketplace ecosystem.
The fact is, the marketplace is one of the oldest vendor concepts. At its most basic, the marketplace is about providing an opportunity for multiple vendors to get their goods in front of a diverse population of shoppers. That hasn’t changed.
A number of retailers, including J.C. Penney, Lowe’s and Kohl’s, are telling shoppers they need to place their online orders soon or else pay expedited shipping fees if they want to get their packages delivered in time for the holidays.
The earlier-than-usual deadlines come as more people turn to online shopping during the pandemic, creating a logjam for shipping companies as well as delivery delays. For some retailers, like H&M and Lego, the deadlines have passed.
Here’s a look at the engineers making meaningful contributions to code and community, especially amid a challenging year.
We’re recognizing these software and IT pros for their problem-solving prowess to solve technical challenges, and their work to spread skills and motivation throughout the community. This year’s honorees range from self-taught programmers to Ph.D.s, each making an impact on both systems and people. Increasingly, we find that this range is reflective of the tech community as a whole.
Timing is everything.
In the midst of the pandemic, an e-commerce startup called Whitebox is finding success combining tools for managing online listings across marketplaces with the ability to store and ship products from warehouse spaces across the country. The company is already working with large brands such as Amazon, Walmart, and Costco, along with direct-to-consumer businesses and brands including McCormick, KitchenAid, and Starbucks.
In this Direct-to-Conversation, we catch up with Marcus Startzel, who is the CEO of Whitebox, a DTC and eCommerce fulfillment company, and a former naval submarine officer. We talked to him about how the pandemic has challenged the ways that companies send products as well as changed the ways that consumers order and receive goods.
A Baltimore e-commerce-services firm has expanded its presence in Southern Nevada, leasing a newly built industrial facility in the northeast valley.
Whitebox celebrated the grand opening last week of its 350,528-square-foot facility at the Golden Triangle Logistics Center in North Las Vegas, after signing the lease this summer, according to a news release from brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield, which represented the tenant in the deal.
Marcus Startzel, CEO of Whitebox and Forbes Business Council member, discusses the rise of direct-to-consumer brands, how to build brand awareness when there’s more choice than ever before, and why companies must think of e-commerce as more than just another marketing channel.
They say with any challenge or crisis comes great opportunity, and when opportunity knocked during the spring of 2020 in the form of a global pandemic, online merchants’ business operations changed, likely for good, overnight. As such, the inevitable evolution of the digital shopping ecosystem was brought forward by several years according to industry experts across the world.
The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Baltimore, Maryland. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to, revenue potential, leadership team, brand/product traction and competitive landscape.
Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.
Congratulations to all of the companies being recognized as winners of this year’s Best in Tech Awards for your work to advance Baltimore’s tech industry. The honorees, who were chosen by BBJ staff, represent the incredible, growing tech ecosystem here in Baltimore, one fueled by world-class assets, phenomenal talent and a commitment to excellence. Baltimore has created a culture that celebrates innovation and business creation — a welcoming hub for those with the grit, determination and resources to successfully scale our tech enterprises.
Whitebox, a startup that manages e-commerce logistics and fulfillment for a variety for brands, has raised $18 million in Series B funding.
While discussing the new funding, CEO Marcus Startzel repeated a point he made after Whitebox raised its $5 million Series A last year — that the startup is differentiated by combining tools for managing e-commerce listings across a variety of marketplaces with the ability to store and ship products from its own warehouse spaces across the United States.
“We really saw an opportunity for a platform that could both sell stuff and move stuff,” Startzel said.
Modern commerce is creating a democratized battleground in the fight for consumer loyalty. The implications for brands are unprecedented — they are now faced with trying to meet customer needs while balancing new complexities in their marketing, commerce channels, supply chains and operations.
The company’s new 365,000-square-foot headquarters sits at 1010 Swan Creek Drive, and was formerly an Under Armour distribution center. The space is over eight times larger than Whitebox’s former 43,000-square-foot space at 5901 Holabird Ave.
About 75 full-time Whitebox employees will be based out of the local office and fulfillment center, which will be used to serve hundreds of clients brands, including McCormick, Ricola, SkinnyGirl and more.
eCommerce has changed how the world transacts. The technology available to consumers today is still evolving with every single transaction, and I am lucky to have witnessed this evolution firsthand. As 2020 unfolded and new challenges presented themselves, I knew we were witnessing a sea change in regards to how consumers would first come into contact with brands.
COVID-19 has brought about sweeping overnight changes to the way we do everything, from staying in touch with our loved ones to how we shop for basic necessities. It’s likely for many of us these changes will last beyond just this period of social distancing.
Build a team around you that you trust, and empower them to make your organization better. Without good teams focused on the top priorities, you create the perfect environment for burnout out… a ton of effort placed, and nothing to show for it. People don’t burn out in startups when there is fast-growing success…and that requires clear priorities and great teams.
“The biggest wins create an industry’s history. Yet the community that sets the stage for those milestone moments happen because of the people who are doing the work to start and grow.”
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“We’ve built dozens of applets or processes to automate or eliminate repetitive tasks. That means using services like youcanbook.me, or using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk either manually or via an API.”
–Rob Wray, founder and CEO
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