In product fulfillment, logistics and fulfillment shipping can throw businesses a lot of curveballs. While you should theoretically be able to ship anything to anyone, anywhere, there are actually a lot of things to consider which can affect your logistics work. That’s why, when it comes to logistics in product fulfillment, you have to think fast.
Price to Pay
When it comes to logistics solutions for product fulfillment, you often have to think ahead about what you’ll need and what could go wrong, as well as the related costs. It’s also necessary to consider the products themselves; how big are they and how you are going to move them? What are the dimensions of the package? What containers are being used to ensure safety? Are there any government restrictions, such as duty fees, and are they even legally allowed into their destination? These are things you have to know so your products can be shipped at a moment’s notice.
Pricing is also important. Depending on what you are using for logistics solutions, the shipping prices between products differ based on weight, insurance fees, and postage or handling. Some businesses doing their own logistics management forge partnerships or use a contracted courier company or shipping firm to perform their shipping fulfillment for them. Consider doing this as well; you receive a discount for being a frequent customer. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with using traditional mail, provided they deliver on time and the items are insured.
Shipping and Handling
Many product fulfillment companies cannot do their logistics work alone, hiring logistics companies to handle all of their logistics duties, and sometimes even their warehousing and shipping concerns.
This is an effective solution, provided you can afford it. But if you’d rather not, it becomes a matter of integrating your own shipping and handling practices into your business. This can be done via tracking programs installed onto your network and delivery companies that pick up and ship your orders.
The trick to quality shipping services is having a proper shipping fulfillment process, executing it professionally, and being ready to fix errors in the process that appear—from there, it’s smooth sailing.
Need solutions to your product fulfillment problems? APS Fulfillment, Inc. has the knowledge and services to make your direct mail and product fulfillment ventures more successful. Contact APS Fulfillment, Inc. by e-mail at [email protected], visit their web site at www.apsfulfillment.com, or phone at (954) 582-7450.