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The Fulfillment Supply Chain Checklist

customer order fulfillmentTarget recently announced that they will be shutting down all of their operations in Canada. This was a big shock to many due to the amount of money and jobs lost.

Much of Target’s Canadian failure has been attributed to supply chain issues. All fulfillment companies can learn from Target and use the following checklist to ensure they are utilizing their supply chain services correctly:

1.  Do You Have the Proper Software?

The media has noted that Target Canada didn’t have the proper software management services to link the retailer with its supply chain companies, something a business cannot let happen. While it’s true that technology can be frustrating and hard to keep up with, you have to make sure that your supply chain software is working in order to handle orders quickly.

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Multichannel Fulfillment Marketing

Direct Marketing SystemsSome businesses do their marketing only one way, and that works for them. However, most fulfillment companies need to market across a variety of channels in order to attract clients.

Luckily, multichannel marketing isn’t difficult once you get the hang of it. Here are five simple ways to improve on it:

1. Use Google Shopping

Formerly known as Google Products, this utility is a tool that sees companies can pay to list their products on Google’s shopping service. This allows users to compare prices, thereby providing useful knowledge about the competition and their marketing techniques.

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How to Improve Value Shipping in Fulfillment

Shipping FulfillmentWhile it’s true that you have to make sure your fulfillment company’s shipping methods are in top order, there’s also a need to build up your shipping as a valuable branding tool.

Whether they realize it or not, people often see shipping as an incentive for buying product, basing their buying decisions on whether they can get merchandise quickly.

But there is an art to offering “value shipping.” Here are some useful tips and techniques from the experts.

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How to Establish 24/7 Fulfillment

Fulfillment CenterThere have been a variety of predictions for what fulfillment centers can expect in 2015. With the rise of both e- and m-commerce order fulfillment in 2014, the idea of fulfillment companies operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week is a viable one.

People work a lot of hours and have to do their shopping when time allows; this is often at lunchtime and in the middle of the night. While you may think your fulfillment business can’t meet that kind of demand, having such an operation isn’t as hard as you might think. It’s simply a matter of expanding your current services with modern technology and meeting the subsequent demand.

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How to Make the Most of Fulfillment Overstock

Fulfillment OverstockWhen you have fulfillment overstock, there’s no need to get rid of it; with the right outlet, you can profit from it. Here are a couple ways:

1. Offer a Promotion

This is the easiest method of clearing overstock. If you operate an e-fulfillment service, offer discounts online based on spending a certain amount for a limited time. This method is easy and can help clear space quickly, but be sure to price appropriately.

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Signs to Change Your Supply Chain Services

Supply Chain ServicesThere may be times when the cracks start to show in your business and you aren’t providing or receiving the best services possible. One area where this may happen is your supply chain services. If your partners are starting to display problems, they need to be addressed immediately.

Signs and Symptoms

Recently, Target Canada revealed that since its inception, there have been problems with its supply chain companies.

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What to Consider When Altering Your Product Lineup

supply chain servicesEven if your line of products is successful, there will occasionally be the need to change the lineup, both to appease your clients’ changing tastes and to broaden your business’ options.

However, changing your product lineup should be done after some careful consideration. Namely, you need to think in terms of what is feasible and what your clientele’s preferences are.

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How to Have Strong E-Commerce

e-commerce fulfillmentWith product fulfillment it’s vital to ensure that a high standard of quality is maintained. This is especially true with e-commerce fulfillment. While e-commerce can be difficult, a strong e-commerce system can be a great source of income for any product fulfillment business. Here are some things to consider if you want to implement quality e-commerce.


Your e-commerce efforts should begin immediately after you’ve established your product fulfillment business’ web site.

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Dealing With Change in Product Fulfillment

e-fulfillment servicesChange is a part of life, and there’s often only one appropriate response: embracing it. However, change can often be inconvenient, happening when we least expect it. Many companies spend a lot of cash on coping with changes, but in product fulfillment, change occurs so often that constant preparation is a necessity.

All in Your Hands

Dealing with change requires preparation, followed by action. Negative changes usually require some sort of damage control, so it’s vital that you’re ready to respond to them in order to minimize the potential damage.

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Getting Into the Holiday Spirit in Product Fulfillment

Product Fulfillment

It’s Here

Halloween has passed, but there are many festivities still on the horizon. Winter is coming, and with it, the winter holidays.

Excited? You should be. After a whirlwind year of pumping all your efforts into your product fulfillment business, you deserve the chance to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. The big winter holidays—Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s—remind us of the good in our lives while giving us some time to enjoy the fruits of our labors.

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