Get Ready for a Different Holiday Shopping Season in 2020
This year, the holiday season may look a little different than past years. Now is the time for retailers to start preparing for order fulfillment during the 2020 holiday shopping season. Not only is it harder to predict consumer demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is also a lot of uncertainty regarding the possibility of increased e-commerce shopping this holiday season. What can retailers expect in the upcoming months and what can you do to prepare? Here’s why you will need robust e-commerce fulfillment for the holiday season, and where you can get the support your need. (more…)
Fulfillment Market Trends for August 2020
Everything changed when the COVID-19 pandemic spread worldwide—and the fulfillment industry was no exception. Fulfillment market trends for August 2020 are a result of the changes many organizations had to make to adapt to the new e-commerce landscape. From contactless delivery to boosting online presence, these changes since February have drastically shifted the fulfillment industry and businesses are expected to settle into this “new normal” as quickly and efficiently as possible. Here are the key e-commerce market trends to know for 2020, so that you get up to speed. (more…)
When to Outsource Subscription Box Fulfillment
Subscription box services are extremely popular, especially now during the pandemic. Customers enjoy receiving monthly deliveries of exclusive merchandise ranging from skincare products to tech gear to reading material and clothing. If your business offers subscription box services or other e-commerce deliveries, chances are that you’ve definitely seen some major growth in the last few months. And if you haven’t had the opportunity to expand just yet, there will likely come a time in the near future when meeting customer demand and delivering orders on time becomes a challenge. As your customer base grows and as you attempt to provide...
How Can Startups Benefit from Fulfillment Services?
Why would any small but growing company choose to pay for fulfillment services for startups? Wouldn’t it make more sense to save that money and put it towards growing the company even more? While the cheaper option may sound like the better option, small business fulfillment services are extremely valuable, if not necessary as you grow. Once you look at how a growing business increases your responsibilities and your customer expectations, you will realize the need to hire a third-party fulfillment center (3PL). If you’ve been holding out on hiring a 3PL partner but notice your business is growing, here...
Common Challenges in Real-Time Inventory Management
Understanding your customers’ needs and making wise decisions on how to manage them through inventory is a challenge in today’s buying environment. There are many problems faced in inventory management, but these issues come with solutions. Managing your inventory is more complex than it may seem. Here are some of the most common problems and challenges in inventory management, and how you can improve your business to overcome them. Challenges in Inventory Management Lack of Knowing Your Inventory Being unaware of inventory levels has a largely negative impact on supply chains. Companies should make sure they have full visibility of...
Dealing with Common Errors in Product Fulfillment
In product fulfillment, failures can and will happen. While they may be impossible to predict, some are more common than others and can be easily prepared for. Be Thorough Many product fulfillment businesses think having an e-fulfillment service means nothing can go wrong, but the online aspects of a business are just as prone to error as the offline ones. (more…)
11 Ways to Make Fulfillment Easier
You’re likely more than busy enough running your fulfillment company; after all, today’s fulfillment companies are large, multi-channel enterprises. It’s not just about taking orders and shipping them out; it’s also about delivering quality goods to loyal customers and, above all else, sustaining a high reputation. As such, it can be difficult to keep things running smoothly. However, there are ways to make operating a fulfillment business easier. Check them out: (more…)
Product Fulfillment Services for Toys and Games
Product fulfillment services overall is a difficult industry, but the toy and game industry is an especially tough market. Several factors are against its success; the most prominent of which being the declining world birth rate, and the shift from children playing with physical toys to now being in the digital space. Despite these challenges, the toy and game industry continues to grow and experts believe the industry will keep growing up until at least 2018. The key for toys and games fulfillment is an experienced logistics company who can manage the nuances of shipping to both B2B and B2C...
Why Accuracy in Product Fulfillment Services is Important
What is Accuracy in Product Fulfillment? When dealing with product fulfillment services, "accuracy" is a term with multiple meanings. Aside from the obvious—getting the correct order to the correct customer—accuracy also means being able to fulfill the order within the promised time frame and delivering the product in good condition. In short, accuracy is how well your product fulfillment service can uphold your business' most basic promise to the customer: that they will receive the item they ordered in the time frame that was promised and in proper condition. (more…)
Online Grocery Product Fulfillment Challenges and Solutions
It shouldn’t be surprising in our current online era that grocery stores are making the leap to digital. This shift has already taken place in countries like France and Germany, and it is methodically making its way to North America. But as the demand for online solutions to a traditionally in-store consumer activity continues to grow, there have also been some early challenges to online grocery product fulfillment. (more…)