4 Tell-tale Signs it’s Time to Outsource Fulfillment
Fulfillment is the backbone of most E-commerce companies. Some companies house this process in their garage, or have a company that takes care of this important process for them. No matter what stage or size a company is in, everything regarding fulfillment needs to be in line and thriving to ensure success.
Think about what state your product fulfillment is in. Are the wheels spinning or are you constantly having road blocks and maintenance issues? This could mean it’s time to outsource fulfillment, or evaluate the company you’re currently with.
1. Detailed Reports
When it comes to E-commerce and fulfillment, there are numerous things to keep track of. The obvious—expenses and overhead; but then there are the important but less obvious things like shipping options, packaging, product usage and more. Each of which is equally important. When you’re doing this on your own there is a lot on the list that can go unattended to.
When you have a company that specializes in software that creates detailed and timely reports on everything you need to keep in line, like All in View, you can focus on the growth and expansion of your business. The last thing you need is to come up short on product or get slapped in the face with shipping mishaps.
2. Storage, Pallets & Climate control
When you outsource fulfillment you pay one reoccurring cost instead of several in order to maintain it yourself. Fork-lifts, storage space, pallets and more can add up and end up costing you big!
Depending on your product you may need a climate controlled warehouse. Temperature that is not controlled can wreak havoc on perishable goods, beauty products, paper products and electronics or home furnishings especially if you live in a climate that’s warm year round.
Last but not least, make sure the fulfillment warehouse grounds are clean and managed well with alarms set to monitor humidity and temperature levels.
Fulfillment and inventory management go hand in hand. Successful fulfillment companies will have strict systems that monitor this e.g. low inventory or product selling behavior so you know exactly when it’s time to restock. That way you aren’t hit with a big order unexpectedly and can distribute costs more efficiently.
4. Freight Options
Unless you’re a shipping wizard who knows everything there is to know about rate negotiations, transit time, high volume shipment and the rest of the works, you could end up having to do a lot more in order to make sure you are doing all of this properly and getting the best deals. Naturally, this could end up taking valuable time away from perfecting and scaling your product or company.
More Time for What Matters Most
Did you start your company or create your product to put all your energy into the fulfillment part of it? Chances are your main focus is growing the business to expand the fulfillment, not manage it. Outsourcing gives you the ability to be flexible and available for what matters most for you and your business.
Are you in the business of starting distribution or looking to outsource fulfillment? Contact a member of fulfillment services team today!