How to choose the best order fulfillment center
Choosing the best order fulfillment center for your business can make or break your online business. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term “order fulfillment center” it describes a third party business that specializes in holding your inventory, then processing each order that gets routed through that location. The specifics of order processing vary from account to account, but essentially involve employees of the business being forwarded an order that is placed through a website by a customer. That employee then processes that order for shipping by pulling the ordered items from inventory that is held in the warehouse, updating the inventory system to reflect those items, packing the items into boxes or specific packages, addressing the order and arranging the shipping method of choice. Through the outsourcing of this process instead of utilizing your own warehouses and employees, most businesses can shave costs down to a minimum. You are not paying for warehouse space that is going un-utilized and instead are only paying for the space that you need inside of the fulfillment center’s warehouses. You are also not paying the entire bill for employee management costs, instead utilizing the employees of the fulfillment center as outside contractors. This arrangement allows you to not have the responsibilities associated with the physical management of your business, and allows you to be completely virtual.
Most people will agree that the concept of utilization of a order fulfillment center is beneficial to their business, but the question will usually arise “what makes one order fulfillment center better than another one?” The answer to that question lies not only in pricing, dedication to the client, customer service and many other elements but also physical proximity to the customers. Through minimizing the distance between the customer and the origination point of the order, you pay reduced shipping costs that would be involved in transporting the order a longer distance. This means that not only can a business that is not located inside of the United States operate as though they had a facility located on US soil, but also domestic businesses can operate from any location they choose but position their fulfillment center in a geographic area that makes logical sense for them. Naturally, the positioning of a fulfillment center along a transportation route is crucial, but few merchants realize that shipping fulfillment companies like Ship My Orders utilize multiple warehouses in order to best serve their clients. Through the positioning of a warehouse on the East Coast in Nashville TN as well as a warehouse on the West Coast in Las Vegas, NV, Ship My Orders can process your order to originate at the point that is closest to the customer. This allows you to pay the cheapest sipping rates possible on each and every order, while still getting the order to the customer in the shortest timeframe. Orders promised for delivery within five days will generally be delivered in half that time, and for a reduced charge which can be aplied to the bottom line or passed off to customers as savings.
Choosing the best fulfillment center for your business is not a difficult process. Simply contact us today to get more information.