10 reasons to outsource your order fulfillment
Order fulfillment, like many things, takes thousands of hours and learned techniques to master. We know you're the expert in selling your product and we think you should stick to that and let the pros pick, pack and ship your orders. We have thousands of hours of experience fulfilling orders, we have gone through the trials and errors to master this so that you don't have to.
In the beginning of your company you're able to monitor and ship each order with good accuracy. This is possible for only a short amount of time. As your company grows and more and more orders come in, the problems with accuracy through human error are inevitable. When you outsource your order fulfillment, the tracking of each product and items is not based solely on human input put the use of cloud based inventory management systems to keep track of each and every item. As inventory moves around and is depleted, you'll be able to monitor everything through your Shopify store to make the appropriate inventory purchases.
Scaling your company is one of the toughest things that you will go through. During this phase you will have many decisions to make and one of those will be how you handle the growth of your order fulfillment. One option is to build out your own fulfillment center, hire employees, implement a warehouse management system, train employees, purchase or lease warehouse space and many other business related items that it takes to runs a fulfillment center. The cost of all of this varies as your business grows. Your second option is to outsource your order fulfillment to a company that has the ability to scale as you scale without enduring the costs of scaling that would be inevitable in your own facility. At Ships-a-Lot we are able to scale with you from 1 order a day to 10,000+ orders a day and beyond without your company having to spend more on your own infrastructure.
4) Time (you have better things to be doing!):
When you outsource your fulfillment you get your life back. Order fulfillment is great in the beginning and it's an amazing feeling to be shipping products and knowing you are getting those products to your customers. But the time that it takes to fulfill orders only goes up as your business thrives and you deserve to be working on your business and not in your business. We give you your precious time back.
5) Cost (your time is not free even though you're not paying yourself!):
This is most likely the biggest misconception when it comes to order fulfillment. The thought that shipping your products only cost as much as the postage costs, is incorrect. The costs are much more than just postage, among those costs is your time. I don't know what you value your time at but I'm 100% sure that it's not $0 an hour. Once you realize that your time is valuable elsewhere you'll realize the true costs of outsourced order fulfillment are much higher than just postage. When you outsource your fulfillment you no longer spend your valuable time packaging and shipping orders at a much higher rate than a fulfillment company that does this each and every day. You can calculate your costs here.
6) Customer Satisfaction:
Your customers have decided to spend their hard earned cash on your product. The step between them purchasing the product and them getting the product is order fulfillment and shipping. Customers expect their orders to ship out as soon as possible. This is a byproduct of the Amazon Prime age we live in. You too can satisfy your customers with fast order fulfillment by outsourcing your fulfillment to Ships-a-Lot. We guarantee your products are shipped within 24 hours but on average your order will be on a truck within 8 hours and on its way to its destination.
When you ship on your own you aren't shipping at a high enough volume to get the shipping discounts you deserve. When you outsource your fulfillment to Ships-a-Lot we pass along all of our discounted shipping rates to you and never mark these rates up.
8) Speed (technology):
Having the correct warehouse management technology is costly and might not be practical for you to implement into your current fulfillment process. We leverage state-of-the-art technology to guarantee speed and accuracy. The combination of the two are only efficient when the correct technology is in place.
One other overlooked cost when doing your own fulfillment is the costs of packaging, tape, paper, printers and labels. When you outsource your fulfillment to Ships-a-Lot this is all included and you'll never have to worry about purchasing supplies or anything of that sorts to get your orders fulfilled.
10) You got into business to build your business, not build boxes:
We want you to build your business as big as possible and we know you want to do this as well. We also know that fulfillment is a daunting task once you start to grow (we have been there, owning a few ecommerce stores we know your pain). Don't make fulfillment a burden on your company, focus on the things you love and let the fulfillment pros focus on everything else. We love working with eager, enthusiastic entrepreneurs. Contact us today to find out how we can give you your life back as well as increase customer satisfaction.
10 Reasons to Outsource your Order Fulfillment
10 reasons to outsource your order fulfillment
- 7 figures
- Black Friday
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- conversion rate
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- Estimated prices
- Fast shipping
- First time Customers
- flash sale
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