Whether your ecommerce brand is just starting out or scaling rapidly, partnering with a fulfillment company could help you avoid growing pains. A fulfillment partner is a third-party logistics specialist that operates its own fulfillment center network—so you don’t have to! Let us show you how to choose a fulfillment company
Since a fulfillment company provides a complete suite of distribution services, you no longer have to fulfill customer orders from your business location. That leaves you free to focus on other aspects of managing your brand.
In 2020, global online sales increased by over 71% in the second quarter alone.
Many businesses scrambled to keep up, highlighting the importance of having a fulfillment partner. Of late, few online brands can meet Amazon Prime’s fast shipping requirements on their own. As a result, many brands turned to third-party fulfillment companies to get their orders shipped on time.
In short, if you find it increasingly hard to manage your brand’s fulfillment needs, it’s time to bring in the experts.
Maybe you feel overwhelmed by your current shipping operations. Or maybe you wonder if a third party could do a better job of optimizing these processes. Either way, there are many benefits to finding a third-party logistics partner to handle your warehousing and distribution needs. Outsourcing your distribution and warehouse services could offer many benefits:
Finding the best 3rd-party shipping partner for your company is personal. Sure, most provide three main services: warehousing, order fulfillment, and shipping.
But depending on your plans for growth, you may have other needs—like inventory management or analytics—that can help you optimize your business. In these areas, not all fulfillment companies deliver at the same level. Below are five steps to follow as you seek the right fulfillment warehouse partner for your brand.Let Us Help!
As an ecommerce business owner, you know where you’re falling short in the fulfillment department—or what processes are simply too costly and cumbersome to handle in-house. Start by listing your pain points, so you can find the fulfillment partner best equipped to resolve them. Common challenges include the following:
Don’t simply choose the fulfillment company that appears to have the lowest upfront cost. Hidden fees and add-on services can drive up prices. So consider the following:
Perhaps the most important consideration is whether your prospective fulfillment partner meets your brand’s needs and plans for growth. For example, if deliveries to your customers in California aren’t arriving on time, a company with a distribution warehouse on the West Coast can help. If moving products among locations is draining your budget, a company that uses marketplace management software to determine distribution solutions will be useful. Other offerings to consider include:
Next, ask what unique insights your fulfillment partner can offer. For instance, can the provider identify areas for improvement you weren’t previously aware of? Can it suggest ways to grow your business and boost profitability using inventory and shipping analytics?
A good fulfillment company doesn’t just offer warehouse outsourcing and a network of order fulfillment centers. It also actively works with you to increase your sales, profits, and customer satisfaction.
Ask for referrals and case studies from the fulfillment companies you are considering.
Also, check out reviews from third-party sites. If the company partners with well-known brands that are achieving goals similar to yours, that’s a good sign.
Whitebox is a third-party logistics provider for every type of business. Whether you’re new to ecommerce, selling faster than you can fulfill, or want to expand to wholesale, Whitebox fulfillment services will grow with you.Get a Quote
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