It’s become easier for small companies to make and sell physical products in recent years, thanks to innovations such as crowdfunding and 3D printing. But once a product is manufactured, there is still a lot of work to be done — finding freight services, securing warehouse space, packing and quality assurance. All of this is known as “logistics” in the supply chain world, and finding partners to handle these services can be very difficult and time-intensive for a startup.
Shotput is a company in our current class that makes it easy for companies of any size to find and manage logistics services.
VentureBeat’s Ken Yeung wrote about Shotput in a story this week:
“Shotput cofounder James Steinberg describes it as ‘Amazon Web
Services for fulfillment’ in that his service can scale to meet the
needs of any company’s products.
Companies that need fulfillment assistance can go to Shotput’s
website, enter in their product information–including the weight, size,
and amount–and the service will tell you the cost. It’s pay as you go,
so there’s no long-term contract. Steinberg claims that his service is
better than a typical warehouse as the latter may give you a quote, but
once your product arrives, that rate could change and end up costing you
Shotput will handle freight to and from the fulfillment center and
shipping. Once an order has been placed, the company will pick up your
product from the manufacturer and deliver it to the one of its partner
warehouses in the U.S. — the closest one to the company’s bulk of
customers. The average time for shipping from manufacturer to warehouse
and then to customer is approximately 10 days.”
Read more about Shotput in VentureBeat here.