5 Ways an Order Fulfillment Company Can Help Grow Your Businessby Jeff M. Writer
For an e-commerce company, order fulfilment covers the entire process by which an order is received, processed and delivered to customers. When you hire a company that provides order fulfilment services, you’re essentially outsourcing that process to a company that specializes in it.
When you’re receiving, the company will be responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the numbers and quality of the products delivered by your suppliers. They’ll also apply any labels your business requires. The next stage is the inventory stage, in which they’ll keep your products in separate compartments to minimize errors. Afterward, they’ll ship the products out to fulfill orders in accordance with your instructions. Here are 5 ways that outsourcing the process will benefit your business and make for increased efficiency and growth:
Reduced Cost of Shipping – Free shipping is expected by customers nowadays, but it might not always make business sense unless you have distribution centers around the country from which you can cheaply ship goods to customers in specific areas. Most startup companies don’t have this, but contracting with an established order fulfilment company will give you access to their infrastructure as well as the bulk discounts they get from shipping companies.
Flexibility with Sales Fluctuations – There are many reasons for which sales might surge, ranging from a spectacular marketing success to the usual seasonal changes. Increased sales are good, but the hassle of trying to get people and equipment in place to deal with them will be very problematic for most startups, especially if sales return back to normal and you have to deal with increased staff and equipment that’s not useful at the moment. Order fulfilment companies have enough staff to deal with overflow from their clients and will ensure that you don’t begin to have delivery issues which could lead to bad press for your company.
Rapid Expansion – If you’re looking to bring your products to a new market, you won’t have to worry about distribution infrastructure if you’re working with a top-notch order fulfillment company. Instead of spending money on office or warehouse space, staff and other requirements, you’ll spend a fraction of that sending your goods to the company and letting them handle it for you.
Increased Speed and Reliability – When it comes to a comparison between professionals whom have been in the business or order fulfillment for years or decades, they are certainly going to be better at it than people who are new to it. Working with them will ensure than your order handling times are reduced and that customers get their hands on your products quicker and with less errors.
Extra Services – Making your brand stand out from your customers through creative packaging, personalized embroidery, product photography or promotional inserts will require you to hire people with skills in those specific areas, thus increasing your overhead significantly. If you outsource the process though, you’d have to pay much less since those companies already have specialists in those areas.
On the whole, contracting an order fulfilment company might seem like ceding control of an important part of your business, but if you conduct thorough research and find a reliable company to work with, it’ll increase your efficiency, reduce your overhead and make expansion much more convenient.
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