Selecting the Right Fulfillment Center
Online business is booming. And while many online businesses continue to expand, business owners are faced with a difficult decision, whether they’ll continue order fulfillment on their own or whether they’ll decide to outsource such a critical part of their operation. By outsourcing order fulfillment, companies are able to focus their attention on other important aspects of their business, such as lead generation and customer relationships. However, before you can leave it up to someone else to pick, pack and ship your products there are a few things to consider.
Inquiring about the size of a fulfillment center’s warehouse and the amount already in use will give you an idea of whether they can accommodate the order fulfillment services you require. Does the fulfillment center leave room for growth of your business? Do you need climate controlled storage? These are questions you should address before selecting a fulfillment center.
Location, Location, Location
Although you may do business across the country, selecting an order fulfillment center near the bulk of your customers may be beneficial. Having your products close by those that are ordering them may positively affect shipping costs and delivery time.
Micro Manage…it’s OK
It’s your business, who wouldn’t expect you to want to know every detail regarding your products and customers. Be sure you choose a fulfillment center that offers some form of a management system. For example, we offer a web based inventory management system which enables our clients to track their inventory levels and even receive notifications when supplies are low.
Go with the Pro
Choosing a fulfillment center with years of experience is vital. When it comes to order fulfillment services there is a lot of room for error. By selecting a fulfillment warehouse that has had years of practice, the better the chances are that they’ve made the rookie mistakes already and know how to avoid letting them happen again. We have been an industry leader for over 20 years and offer over 100,000 square feet in storage capacity. We provide real time reporting so you know when orders are received, picked, packed and shipped.
Choosing an order fulfillment center is not an easy task. The most important thing you can do is research all prospects. Get to know their process and even tour the facility so you can see where and how your products are handled. Click here to learn more about our order fulfillment services.
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