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June 14, 2019 - Austell, GA - Gifford Pace - On April 25, 2019, FSI was awarded the Top 25 Small Business Award 2019 from the Cobb Chamber.  This award celebrates the achievements of small businesses that contribute to the vitality of the community. It is as much an honor to receive this award in 2019 as it has been the previous 10 times.  Imagine our delight and excitement when ... Read More

 

Helping Captain Planet Empower the Next Generation

May 2019 - Austell, GA – Gifford Pace – FSI recently began helping Captain Planet Foundation with their mission to empower the next generation to create a community of solutions for the planet.  For almost 30 years, their programs have been helping youth embrace and strengthen their power to create positive ... Read More
 
 
 

Here We Grow Again

April 2019 - Austell, GA – Forrest Marbutt - In FSI’s 23 year history, we’ve grown a time or two along the way.  Sometimes that growth is in number of employees.  Other times, growth for us is in revenue.  Today, we’re talking about our latest... Read More
 
 
 

Let's Celebrate 23 !

April 2019 - Austell, GA – Forrest Marbutt - It's time to celebrate 23 !  No, I'm not talking about Michael Jordan or LeBron James (that's a different question, but that answer is Jordan, of course).  It's no joke, but every April Fool's Day, FSI celebrates another year in business, and this year marks our... Read More

 

 

Happy Retirement !

April 2019 - Austell, GA – Forrest Marbutt - FSI recently had to say goodbye to 2 more longstanding FSI employees thanks to that dream we all seek one day:  RETIREMENT!  Judy Rogers of 12 years and one of FSI’s original employees, Carleen Blakes of 21 years, finally hung up their... Read More

 

​FSI's Latest Toys for Tots Campaign a Huge Success

December 2018 - Austell, GA – Toni Merton - Fulfillment Strategies International was so excited to be a participant and donation site for the 2018 Toys For Tots program. FSI is happy to report that our 2018 Toys For Tots campaign was a huge success! Over the course of two weeks and two locations during... Read More

 

Cobb Chamber 2018 Ambassador of the Year Award Announced

March 2019 – Cobb County – The Cobb Chamber of Commerce announced today that FSI’s very own Gifford Pace, Business Development Consultant, won the 2018 Ambassador of the Year Award.  Announced at March’s 1st Monday Breakfast, where over 400 - 500 people heard from some of the most recent companies that have announced their plans for relocation or expansion in Cobb. The panel… Read More

 

FSI Sends Crew to Assist with Hurricane Michael Disaster Relief Efforts

March 2019 - Hurricane Michael struck the Florida panhandle October 7, 2018, as a category 4 storm with sustained winds at 155 mph that resulted in 72 fatalities and $25 billion worth of damage.   FSI recently participated in a disaster relief cleanup effort in Panama City from damage caused by Hurricane Michael this past October.  We did this together with … Read More

 

 

The Anatomy of an Order

February 2019 – Austell, GA – On this podcast of the Tiffany Krumins Product Genius Gifford Pace, Business Development Consultant, shares what happens when an order is received at the Fulfillment Strategies International (FSI) fulfillment center.  FSI sets itself apart by focusing on order accuracy and customer service in inventory management, order fulfillment, kitting and subscription boxes on an elite list of consumer-product clients.  Read More

 

The 5 Essential Support Channels Every New Business Should Consider

Austell, GA January 2019 - If our clients are successful, then we’re successful.  That’s why we’re republishing this article, The 5 Essential Support Channels Every New Business Should Consider, from September 25, 2018 by Sarah Blackstock.   It’s about a 9 minute read, so please enjoy.  You never know where the next great idea will come from.   Read More

 

How to Compare Internal Fulfillment Costs to Third Party Fulfillment

Austell, GA November 2018 - We get this question frequently so we are sharing an interesting blog post from Brian Barry of F. Curtis Barry and Company entitled “How to Compare Internal Fulfillment Costs to Third Party Fulfillment.”    Read More

 

FSI and Project Genius: DudeRobe and Joe's Gourmet Fish Fry

Lawrenceville, GA – October 2018 – Gifford Pace - Great podcasts of Product Genius with Tiffany Krumins was taped today.  Howie Busch, Founder – DudeRobe.com, and Maranda Dowell, Key Account Executive – Joe’s Gourmet Fish Fry were the product-based business owners.  Read More

 

 

FSI Back in Studio for Project Genius with Tiffany Krumins 

 By Linda Williamson

Austell, GA - September 2018 - The team at FSI is so pleased to be a returning sponsor this season to the new iHeart Radio show, Project Genius with Tiffany Krumins.  Tiffany was the first ever winner on the popular Shark Tank show with her invention, Ava the Elephant, a singing children’s...Read More

 

FSI Makes 2018 Top 25 Small Businesses in Cobb County for 10th Year!

By: Linda Williamson

Austell, GA - June 2018 - At FSI, we like to think we are doing things right on a daily basis.  Packing orders just right, shipping client product to consumers and retail stores.  Even our 99.95% accuracy score tells us we are on the right track.  But who doesn’t love...Read More

 

LIVE@FSI - The Tiffany Krumins Show on Business RadioX

By Linda Williamson

                     

Austell, GA – April 20, 2018 – FSI is committed to creating strong business alliances. We are always looking for ways to connect clients, prospects, vendors and our networks so everyone succeeds.  Isn't that really what business is all about?  For the past six months, FSI has been a proud sponsor of The Tiffany Krumins Show on Business RadioX.  Tiffany is a brilliant entrepreneur, inventor, busy mom, cancer survivor and the first ever winner of Shark Tank, which aired in 2009. On Shark Tank, Tiffany...Read More

 

Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) Tours FSI

By Forrest Marbutt

                                                      

Austell, GA – March 2018 – What happened when the Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA) and FSI offer a fulfillment center tour?  Forty-six professionals in many industries from across Georgia met to gain...Read More

 

Port of Savannah Hits Milestone 4mm Containers in 2017!

By Forrest Marbutt

                                                           

As an order fulfillment company and part of the supply chain, we’re always interested in learning more about other parts of the supply chain that help make the world of delivering goods go around.  FSI’s role in the supply chain is to warehouse products for other companies, and then to...

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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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