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There was a time when creating an online business was the way to compete in a retail world that was dominated by bigger players than yourself. The online world gave merchants the options of selling their products in a way that was more convenient for shoppers, and also at a reduced price than what they would pay at a physical retail outlet. This is because the expenses that go with the operation of a physical space must be covered by the prices that are charged for each product sold, thus increasing the costs to the consumer. If every place that sells the same products is also absorbing the same costs, then there is no ability for the consumer to purchase it at a lesser price. However the online world allowed entrepreneurs to eliminate the store front and the sales employees and cut costs as a result. It has become expected that sales of a product through an online venue would come with price reductions as a result, and the physical retail world is now forced to compete. People are willing to forgo the touching of an item in order to save money, and also appreciate the convenience of shopping when they want to. These types of improvements in the shopping experience have now forced traditional retailers to desperately search for ways to reduce prices to compete, but are failing every day. With the advent of online comparison engines for shopping, the competition within the online space is now fierce. The single way to survive is to offer excellent products as well as the best prices.
Online merchants are now being squeezed as far as their profit margins in an attempt to compete with one another, the only consideration that is being looked at by the consumer being price. When a person puts a product into Google, they are returned with a list of the stores that sell that product. These listings simply show the price of the product and the shipping charges, and are able to be sorted to find the lowest easily. As long as the site seems professional, the lowest price will generally get the sale, which forces ecommerce merchants to explore methods of reducing costs among themselves. The competition is now among online merchants, and the one with the lowest costs gets the sale.
An effective method of cost reduction for online merchants is outsourcing the fulfillment details and work to a specialized shop. Ship My Orders allows commerce merchants to reduce costs by completely eliminating their need for warehouse space or employees, instead functioning as your back of house for a fraction of the costs. Since you are only paying for what you use instead of what you speculate you will need, you are provided with an ability to scale up or down at will and without risk. The cost savings can be passed off to customers without reducing profit margins, and you can build you business using search engine comparison shopping as a result. Call us today.
If you are anything like most other business owners, you are probably looking for ways to save money, or at least ways to reduce some of the stresses of running a business. If you operate in the ecommerce space, you might have gone into business for this very reason, realizing the by eliminating the need for sales employees or the physical space necessary to operate a store, you can both reduce the expenses that you would have as well as minimizing the risks that face any business. As you take on more responsibilities in attempts to grow, you also face greater risks to the business survival. Long term commitments may be necessary in order to reduce the amount of rent that is paid monthly on a space, but that very long term commitment is what can bankrupt a business if sales to not develop as needed. The same is true for employees, you need to hire more staff to cover the work load of increased sales, but then if the sales drop you must cover their expenses. These kinds of stresses make running a business difficult, and also are the majority of the expense that must be covered through product sales in order to stay floating. What if we were to tell you that there is a better way, and there is a decision you can make that will allow you to eliminate your need for a warehouse and staff? What if there was a way for you to allow the website to sell the products, and someone else would do the fulfillment for you? That is the function of a third party fulfillment company like us, and we can not only bring down your costs of doing business but also reduce the exposure to risk that you face. There are no long term commitments that would threaten your survival. There are no situations that require you to increase staffing or not, our employees handle all of it for you while you simply run your business.
The way that our services work is pretty simple to understand. You ship your inventory to us instead of putting it into a warehouse that you rent. You will pay for the space you use in our warehouses, and then our staff will be the employees that pull the orders from your inventory and process them for shipping to customers. Shipping is accomplished through the service you specify, and therefore will have the costs of that service attached just like if you arranged them yourself. Our systems connect to your ecommerce shopping cart software on your website and when an order is placed we receive it. We work with all of the major shopping carts including woocommerce, xencart, shopify and even kickstarter and services like it. Once the order is received it is professionally processed and shipping is arranged. Your inventory stock numbers are updated, and you essentially run your business just as you would on your own, only without the hassles of arranging everything yourself. There is a better way to do fulfillment, and it is called Ship My Orders.
So you have made the decision to outsource your fulfillment activities to a third-party order fulfillment business in order to save both money but also the hassles of running a warehouse and employees. This is a good move because some of the most time consuming elements of business involve the management of warehouse spaces and the employees that must be used to get those orders placed and filled. When ecommerce started it did so in order to reduce the costs associated with traditional retail, where customers were paying higher prices simply because they needed to cover the cost of lights, rent and utilities and employees who work the sales floor. While this was successful, nobody ever figured out how to automate the process of order fulfillment in the same way that sales was able to be automated through a website. Now, while the physical nature of back of house activities is still there we can further reduce costs by doing things cooperatively. What this means is that by bringing several businesses together into a warehouse space, and by using the same team to fill orders for all of them, we are able to bring down those costs as well. Many business owners are surprised by the savings they can see using third party fulfillment, all the wile also reducing the hassles that come with running that end of the business.
An added bonus with regards to using third party fulfillment services is that companies like ours can also save you money in shipping charges, provided they use a bi-coastal warehouse system like we do. Instead of a single warehouse that services the entire country, we use a warehouse on the east coast in Nashville and a warehouse on the west coast in Las Vegas. By positioning inventory in both these warehouses instead of only in one, we can effectively reduce the amount of distance that each order travels in shipping by about 3/4. If a person on the west coast orders from a business that only has a warehouse on the east coast, that order has to travel the entire distance of the country. That order will typically take upwards of 5 days and cost a certain amount. However if you position that warehouse withing the middle of the west coast, chances are that the distance traveled will be cut in 1/4 and the charges reduced as well. Through this simple positioning of inventory your typical travel times and charges are reduced on nearly every order placed, thus saving you even more money over time than you would be using a single warehouse fulfillment service. Ship My Orders proudly uses a bi-coastal warehouse system, and can benefit your business with savings of these types as a result.
We certainly hope that you choose us as your fulfillment company, and we can assure you that we will continue to explore new and effective methods of saving you even more money in the future. We are the leading choice in third party fulfillment, and are the perfect extension of your successful business.