In short Order fulfillment is the procedure required from the moment the order is received by a given supplier/ sales point system to the moment when the product arrives at the recipient, i.e. the customer.
Which in the main entails the following:
- The Packaging of the order(s)
- The dispatch/ shipping of the order(s)
- The Delivery Process of the order (s)
An Order Fulfillment Service Is Advantageous In Numerous Ways:
- Long-Term Contracts Are Not Necessary
If any given company is experiencing sales lows or highs, & even in extreme growth periods, the option of outsourcing fulfillment offers flexible pricing as they are able to offer you a bespoke service for your needs and make the necessary adjustments.
As a result, you can avoid long-term contracts.
- Solving Issues Related To The Hiring of Staff And Or High Time Extras
The renting of a warehouse immediately incurs greater responsibilities due to the necessity of having to hire staff. Consequently, when you fulfill and ship your own orders, as your business grows and expands, staff is required to handle the work-load. Staff you have to manage.
Managing staff takes up a great deal of time which we often don’t have when running a business; in particular when your business is constantly in flux (e.g. ups and downs).
Therefore, much precious time can be saved by leaving the hiring and firing up to an experienced outsourcing company especially in the hiring of staff only for seasonal work, for example, let’s say the Christmas rush etc.
Hiring more staff for Seasonal and or high periods of business lead to problems when the upturn / high sales period turns into a low one; such as after Christmas. This is because obviously more staff had to be hired and maybe equipment needed to be bought, perhaps more space was required etc., so in the ensuing low sales period, you have more staff etc. than you and or the company can afford.
However, all this can be regulated by an order fulfillment company; allowing you to get on with the actual business of running the company; hence your being more effective, creative etc.
Outsourcing is economically viable
- an outsourcing company can save you money in the long term
And depending on the scale of the outsourcer, you can benefit from their buying power.