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Making a BOPIS Strategy Work for Your Retail Business—and Its Bottom Line

In today’s climate, buy online and pick up in-store (BOPIS) options have increased dramatically in popularity. In fact, a KIBO Commerce study reported that retail customers are choosing BOPIS options as much as four times more than they did before the pandemic. That being said, the rise in BOPIS popularity is part of a larger trend. Retail stores saw increased demand for this option even before the pandemic, most notably in the 2019 holiday shopping season. If you’ve been considering adopting a BOPIS strategy for your retail operation—or you’re interested in optimizing yours to boost your bottom line—we’ll walk you through what you need to […]

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Exploring Alternatives to Air Freight in a Volatile Market: Expedited LCL

As air freight capacity crunches continue—largely due to continued cancellation of passenger flights—the mode continues to experience significant rate fluctuations. If you’re currently using air freight within your supply chain, our recent article offers four tips for making air freight work in today’s environment. If you’re looking for alternatives to air freight, ocean freight might fit the bill. Traditional ocean freight costs significantly less than air freight, sometimes as much as two-thirds less, which can offer some relief for your shipping budget. Additionally, expedited LCL can offer you a middle ground: faster delivery than traditional ocean freight at a cost that’s lower than air freight. […]

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Starting a New Business in Hawaii? Your Freight Forwarder Can Help!

You might already be aware that a freight forwarder can help your business run more smoothly. But did you know that a freight forwarder can be an absolutely invaluable partner in starting a business? This can be especially true in a place like Hawaii, where you may be coordinating multiple freight modes to supply your new venture. In this article, we’ll reveal four ways your freight forwarder can help you get a new Hawaii business off the ground, quickly, easily, and affordably. #1: Coordinating All of the Moving Parts Starting up a brick-and-mortar business is a little like spinning those proverbial plates. There’s a lot […]

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Looking to Expand into a New Market? 5 Reasons to Consider Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has long been known as la Isla del Encanto—the Island of Enchantment, a beautiful and enthralling place to vacation. However, since 2012, the government of Puerto Rico has been busy creating a new identity for Puerto Rico: an island that’s open for business. As a U.S. territory, Puerto Rico is a relatively simple market for an established U.S. business to expand into. Additionally, as the country’s most populated territory, it offers more than 3 million potential customers. It’s also becoming an incubator for start-ups, and if you’re willing to relocate to Puerto Rico, the benefits get even more enticing. If you’re looking to […]

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Local Spotlight: PAI Honolulu Turns to Culinary Kits in Take-Out Times

Even as the state of Hawaii transitions to a “safer-at-home” order that has allowed many businesses in the state to re-open, COVID-19 concerns and social distancing guidelines continue to change the way most businesses operate. As part of our Local Spotlight series to highlight how COVID-19 is affecting Hawaii businesses, we talked to Justine Lee, manager of PAI Honolulu. She runs the restaurant along with her husband, Kevin Lee, who is also the restaurant’s chef and owner. Through our conversation with Justine, you’ll get a look into the issues facing restaurants in the state of Hawaii, as well as some insights into the innovative solutions […]

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