Work Hard Party Harder!

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We at GoPigeon believe on Working Hard Partying Harder because working day in and day out may be good for your future growth, but sadly it affects your mental and physical health, and social life as well. As hard work ensures that you stay ahead in your career graph, partying ensures that you enjoy life to the fullest. And that’s not the only reason why we believe you should work hard but party harder.

Here are some more:

De-stress: Believe it or not, partying can work wonders for your mental state. Whether your boss fired you, your competitor lured away your important customer, or your partner cheated on you, a party can give you the right break to release the payload of stress from your head. We are not saying shaking a leg or two or social chit-chatting will make your problems go away, but trust us, they will seem less ominous the next day.

Networking: Parties can be a great exercise in networking and self-promotion. If you have a new team member in your organization, a party is the perfect way to break the ice and build team motivation. If you are an entrepreneur or planning your startup, then the parties are the place to be. Over a few drinks, you can impress your listeners and build your future client base. Just a few words of advice though, stick to subtle auto-publicity. People usually tend to run away from publicity overkill.

Be happy: Someone had said once – Man is a social animal. Who? We are not sure, nor do we care. But yes, we are social animals. We crave for human company from time to time. And party gives the perfect opportunity for social interaction. Singing on Karaoke, dancing to loud music, enjoying a few drinks with friends and colleagues, and losing yourself to the vibrant energy of your surroundings can release some happy hormones in your body.

Live life: Doing the same work and seeing the same old faces can make you question the reason behind your existence. But a party can give you a break from your oh-so-boring life. Party and Team outing can leave you with a certain energy and give meaning to your life. And if certain people think you are shallow; yeah well, whatever!

Remember, life is short and work never ending. You don’t want to have regrets later. Now there’s no reasons why you should put your life on hold till the weekend. 

With this, we announce that we are hiring. If you feel you wanna be a part of such great team and work culture, GoPigeon is the place for you. 

For more information, log on to http://www.gopigeon.in 

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Benefits of working in a Startup

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With the placement season starting in most of the colleges, students have double mind on whether they should join a startup or not. Lets see what are the benefits of working in a startup. 

We know there are many different risks that appear when working for startup companies. Over 75 percent of startups fail, so it is quite obvious that job security is something that is not a given, no matter how great the initial project is. Short-term risks are definitely high and the pay is not normally high when you are initially hired.

While the disadvantages are obviously numerous and should not be taken lightly, many are still highly interested in finding startup jobs. The demand is high for these jobs, but why is that? Mainly: a startup job offers many advantages that often can’t be found in other traditional jobs.

Exceptional Growth & Freedom to Work 

One of the advantages of working for a startup company is that the companies will encourage individualism and creativity, and strict hierarchy normally doesn’t really exist. This basically means that you will get a lot of freedom. The workers manage to directly influence the evolution of a startup, making this highly attractive for those that want to make a difference.

Working in a startup is something that is normally associated with risks but it is also something that is attractive because of the environment offered. Combine this with the potential growth that is much higher with a corporate job and you have something that is attractive for a large part of the population, especially younger people.

Extra Perks & Rewards 

The salary that you get in a startup job is normally lower than what you would obtain something else but the business owners do manage to attract many through extra perks. For instance, the company can allow you to work from home or can offer free meals. We can also highlight the fact that for many that look for a startup job it is the satisfaction of doing a really good job that is enough. While many work for salaries, some are attracted by other things.

Great Learning & Experience

The startup environment is naturally one that is sped up. You basically end up learning everything that you need to do in a much shorter period of time as you are forced to do this. Many skills can be gained and all those can be added to the CV.

A problem with the larger corporations is that job descriptions naturally limit duties. This is not actually the case in a startup since working there will force you to move to other duties and to constantly adapt. You can even end up mastering a brand new job, making you a lot more valuable for the future employer.

If you want to experience same, GoPigeon is looking for exceptional and out of the box thinkers. Share your experience & CV @ hiring@pigen.in

For more information, log on to http://www.gopigeon.in

Areas you need to focus in logistics

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As per the global standards, the cost of logistics should be 8-9% of the cost of product. Unfortunately, in India, it is nearly 1.5 times that of the global standard, hovering around at 13-14%. That’s why most logistics companies’ big task is to answer the question ‘How should we reduce our logistics cost?’

Before jumping into answering it, one must acknowledge that the essential ingredient to logistics cost reduction is ‘Treat people well and profits will follow’. One must listen to its people, they do have great ideas.

Now, let’s take a look at all the things one should focus at –

  1. Safety: First and foremost, shippers and logistics providers should understand the safety considerations like ensuring safe warehouse operations and avoiding injuries. They must really be proactive with safety. They should have someone like a Safety Manager who can be accountable and responsible for safety and ongoing safety training.
  2. Labour Cost: Every project should focus on reducing labour costs. Various measures can be implemented for this purpose like adopting Labour Management Software systems, incentive programs for warehouse employees, and warehouse mobility. This will help in reducing overhead costs and will increase individual productivity.
  3. Preventive Maintenance: In cases such as equipment breakdowns and accidents, one would lose man hours, and maybe customers as well. It is important to note that preventive measures must be taken along with keeping a contingency plan.
  4. Use of Systems & Technology: An excellent Warehouse Management System (WMS) can help reduce costs. Other similar things like product slotting (having top demand SKUs near shipping), robotics, Transportation Management System (TMS), Warehouse Execution & Control System among others can aid in logistics cost reduction through automated, cost-effective transportation and warehousing.
  5. Suppliers: The best tip is to collaborate and partner with suppliers. They can help with working and creating a win-win cost reduction program. Although, keep in mind that never jeopardise quality whole reducing the costs of components.
  6. Customers: The happier the customers are, the lower can be the cost of logistics. By going beyond customers’ expectation, companies can spread the burden of logistics cost reduction over a greater number of orders/customers. That’s why customer service should be factored primarily.

Visit www.gopigeon.in to post your queries. Send your parcels across the world at lowest prices.

Perks of working in Startup

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For a startup, work culture and employee values are often as important as what the company actually does. These young companies, unconstrained by the traditional corporate structure, have the power to shape their own culture and mission as they get their businesses off the ground.

Start Doing Real Work

It is rather hard to describe the feeling you get when you start working for a startup. Whatever you do, will make a difference in a startup. You’re no longer spoon fed or provided with a comforter. So whatever you do will contribute towards ultimate success or the failure of the business.

Responsibility and Learning

In our opinion, you’re most likely to learn more in a couple of months in a startup than you would have in last five years of your corporate professional career. The main reason for me to state so is that in a startup, everyone is expected to step into each others shoes. Such large size, fast paced learning graph will lead to increase in responsibility. All this will translate into a very meaningful position in business world and you’ll have lots to offer as an individual.

Create the Culture Around Yourself

This area is something which fascinates me personally as we get to build a work culture where bunch of talented guys come together and make work interesting enough to term it as fun. Imagine working in an environment where there are flexible working hours, bean bags and lazy chairs. Unlimited supply of coffee, beers, crisps and some lip smacking snacks are of course on the house. Smart dressing is often related to the t-shirts and flip flops and macs to play around with and a FIFA session on PS is part of the job. Along with that, there is nothing more satisfying than feeling motivated to walk into the office in the morning and tackle a new challenge the world has thrown at you.

Start Your Own Venture

If you’re considering the idea of being your own boss one day, working in a startup is the most ideal thing. As a part of the entrepreneurial team, you’ll learn how to innovate. Working in a startup will teach you to execute goals, strategies, developing product and marketing it, etc. There are many other things you’ll learn in a startup such as naming the company, designing logo, hunting a office space and the list will go on.

A step-by-step guide to shipping profitability

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Creating an online store is exciting. But you need to spend time in considering the experience of your customers to make it successful. Online shoppers can be impatient and skeptical. They’ll often abandon the experience at the first sign of complication. An e-commerce shopping cart experience that is appealing, organized, and hassle-free should be created. Every step in e-commerce needs special attention, especially e-commerce shipping.

An entrepreneur should pay close attention to the do’s and don’t’s of e-commerce websites. Creating a hassle free checkout experience makes customers happy. A satisfied customer recommends friends and family, which leads to more sales. Shipping is not as easy as picking up a box and packing your product.

To help you get out of shipping hassle, here is the list of Do’s and Don’t’s for e-commerce shipping:-

DO’s

1) Do Check Your Shipment before Shipping

Checking your package before shipping is an important part of ecommerce shipping. Make sure that you have noted down the exact address, phone number with the correct Pincode. Also, check if you are shipping the correct product. There is no harm in checking your item again rather than sending the wrong product to the wrong address.

2) Do Show Your Store’s Shipping Area Beforehand.

Let your customer know if you have limited shipping area beforehand. Pincode lookup can be included on the product page and the customer can check if it is shipped to their area. This way, you save a lot of your customer’s time.

3) Do Offer Gift Wrapping Option

There are various shoppers who shop for their loved ones. Gift wrapping is a great option for your customer to buy gifts. Wrapping paper, ribbons and other decorative items options for your product can be given. This increases traffic and sales on your online store.

4) Do Provide Free e-commerce Shipping, or Shouldn’t You?

This is a risky business. Free ecommerce shipping will impress your customer, but it may cost a lot to your pocket. To balance this, you can offer free shipping after a certain amount of time. This way, you can adjust the shipping charges in your total cart value. This increases your sales since customers buy more products to grab free shipping.

5) Do Test Links

Sometimes, when you shop online, you get a “page cannot be displayed” message. It’s frustrating and you don’t bother visiting the page again. The web design team fails to test links which gets the customer frustrated.  Testing is vital to the smooth-running of a site. whether it is pre-launch or after you’ve implemented a change.

6) DO listen to your customers.

As an online business, you’ll hear from your customers the day you launch. This doesn’t mean you should act on everything they say. But you should definitely listen. Your customers will point out things about your business you may have never thought of. After evaluating their suggestions, react soon to build something even better. When customers see you’re listening, you create much deeper ties and foster brand loyalty.

DON’T’s

  • Don’t Give Away Damaged Products

This is very important. Always check your product for any damage before you ship it. Also, make sure that your shipment is packed carefully according to the product. Care must be taken while packing Fragile and breakable items. It brings out a negative image of your company when a damaged product is received by the customer.

2) Don’t Let Your Customer Wait for Shipments for Days

Your customer should know the estimated date of delivery before checkout. This way, your customer will be available to receive orders. Also, don’t lie to your customers about the delivery date. You don’t have to give them exact delivery time, but an estimated time is a bonus for your store. Your customer can track the shipment from the courier company site by using bill number or AWB number.

3) Don’t Overcomplicate the checkout process

Customers are most likely to abandon basket at the checkout stage. Longwinded checkouts put customers off. Ensuring you make this stage as simple and hassle-free as possible is vital. Give the user the option to checkout as a guest.

A fast checkout = a happy customer.

4) Don’t Wait For Shipping Cost to Come At Checkout

If you are charging extra for shipping, then it is always better to show the charging in the product page only. Your customer expects to know if there is any extra charge. If the shipping charges are shown in the end, there is a huge chance that it will lead to abandoned cart. Clearly state your shipping policy beforehand to the customer along with shipping charges. This will help you score brownie points with customers.

Visit www.gopigeon.in to post your queries. Send your parcels across the world at lowest prices.

GoPigeon @ 10th Express, Logistics & Supply Chain Conclave – Mumbai

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Asia’s Largest End-To-End Logistics & Supply Chain Conference returns for its 10th edition and GoPigeon is a part of it. A few quick facts of the 2014 & 2015 editions – 650 + Attendees / 200 Speakers / 40 Exhibitors / 85% Attendees from Management Cadre. These editions sold out making them the most dynamic & highest level industry strategy & benchmarking events to date in Asia. The 10thedition would host several co-located industry tracks across 2 days, running parallel to the main conference & ELSC Awards.

Hear Mr. Deovrat Singh, Co-founder and CEO –Gopigeon, Bangalore at 10th Express, Logistics & Supply Chain Conclave on – Customer Experience Track Delivering World-Class Customer Experience: Trends & Innovations Transforming Customer Experience

To know more about GoPigeon, log on to http://www.gopigeon.in

Is logistics outsourcing a good idea?

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Everybody understands the benefits of outsourcing logistics processes to a third-party logistics provider (3PL). It is becoming increasingly difficult for business organisations to control all their warehousing, transportation and administrative tasks that come with shipping and managing inventory. That’s why they are turning to 3PLs that help them with cost reductions and overall management of supply chain. However, they must be careful to ensure they do not overstep their bounds before/during/after selecting a 3PL.

Before we go forward to answer the question ‘Why?’ we must understand what services one needs to outsource. It includes inventory management, auditing services, package processing, labelling , tracking, and order & payment processing.

Once you have made the decision to outsource, you should look to a 3PL as a new employee and not just a service provider. That’s why you need to consider four key points of 3PL practices before making a final decision.

1.       3PLs aren’t designed for short-term benefits: Even the best 3PLs in the world cannot help an organisation which is financially bankrupt or does not have any customers. There is no guarantee that outsourcing will be successful, but it will definitely not be successful if one is looking for short-term gains. One needs to understand that the benefits of a 3PL are seen in the long-term. One may not save money in the first few weeks, or maybe months, but the savings will start to roll in later.

2.       3PLs want a mutual beneficial business strategy: One must understand that outsourcing is not a business strategy, it is only a small portion of a business strategy. The key to making this work is aligning the business strategy with the long-term strategy of the 3PL.

3.       There are many different types of 3PL services: They come in all shapes and sizes. All 3PLs must be given an equal opportunity to work with the company. One must look at the whole picture, and select a 3PL that goes beyond what a company actually needs. In addition, partnering with a 3PL offering one-stop solutions is a bonus. Simply put, one should be able to complete all outsourcing requirements with one 3PL that can connect with others if needed.

4.       3PLs are fruitless without collaboration: A 3PL can provide a company with plenty of metrics, but the company needs to let the 3PL know the problem if the employees are not happy with a specific process. Therefore, the company is more important part of the supply chain’s chain of command. As a result, the company should collaborate on both sides of the bridge (employees and 3PLs) to ensure that everybody gains out of their business relationship.

Outsourcing is a great opportunity for a company, however not all of them are ready for the expansion and capability granted by outsourcing. But a company should prepare itself for outsourcing by understanding where it stands and stays realistic in its expectations when outsourcing logistics.