News, reviews, business articles and site updates for a board games store in Canada

Crowdfunding Fulfillment

Friday, November 13th, 2015 Posted in business | No Comments »

As many of you know, we have been completing Crowdfunding (Kickstarter) Fulfillment for Canada and recently have branched out to doing fulfillment for the US as well.  In addition, we've been getting a lot of inquiries asking us for pricing ...

Now Hiring – Logistics Assistant

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 Posted in business | No Comments »

Starlit Citadel / Fortress Geek is hiring again in Vancouver, BC! This is a year-round part-time position that works in our warehouse and conventions as needed. We are an e-commerce business that sells directly to consumers and offers both shipping and ...

Balancing shipments through multiple parties

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 Posted in business | No Comments »

As many of you know, we've started using UPS as a shipping option for international shipments. Part of the reason for this is due to pricing - it's actually cheaper (marginally) to ship to some countries with UPS with our ...

Kickstarter – Shipping Challenges

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 Posted in business | 2 Comments »

We just completed the second of our Kickstarter fulfilment contracts from SchilMil Games for their game Manifest. I'm not going to comment on the game itself - readers can look it up; since what I wanted to discuss was ...

Shipping more, making less

Saturday, September 13th, 2014 Posted in business | 6 Comments »

One of the dangers of this business is doing more for less. Unfortunately, it's an easy thing to do when you are working on thin margins and/or changing how your processes work. Unfortunately, in this case, we made a few ...

US Shipping – New, Lower Rates

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 Posted in business | No Comments »

We have worked out a way to ship items to US customers at a reduced rate which ranges from about CAD$9.50 to CAD$21. What we will be doing is exporting the products to the US and then putting the ...

The Distribution Chain

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 Posted in business | No Comments »

Interestingly enough, as much as I complain about the distribution chain in the game trade, developing Fortress Geek as also shown what an industry without a few major distributors is like - and let me tell you, it's not pretty. The ...

Allocations, Pre-Orders & Purchasing

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 Posted in business | 1 Comment »

One of the most common questions we get currently is 'Will you have enough copies to ship to everyone'. That's an interesting  question because our best answer is usually 'Probably'. See, here's how pre-orders work.  We often get an e-mail from our ...

Board Game Release Cycle

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 Posted in business | No Comments »

Or perhaps I should say sales / inventory cycle for board games.  This is roughly an idea about the board game release cycle (and other game products not including CCGs cycle for the most part) in terms of our inventory ...

Distributor List

Friday, September 27th, 2013 Posted in business | No Comments »

Occasionally I get asked about distributors.  So, here's a (non-exhaustive) list of distributors in both Canada and the US:   Canada Lion Rampant Filosofia Mindsports Grosnor Everest Distribution Universal Distribution   US Alliance ACD DistributionGTS DistributionSouthern Hobby DistributorsPHD GamesI'm sure I'm missing some, so feel free to chime in on comments.