Long Way from Home
These days, you see a lot of businesses going local, either because of certain constraints or commitment to the local economy. The local option is also very appealing to the consumer public, and can bring great success to many new businesses.
But what about the long-distance options? Going local is good, but there are options for those who wish to seek fortune internationally.
Doing business a long way from home is often the best option one could take to do business, especially in product fulfillment. Because you are often dealing with clients and customers that are outside of your own region, doing international business isn’t a large transition at all.
However, it does require some investigation and planning beforehand. While the world has indeed gotten smaller thanks to the Internet and other communication technology, it has also gotten difficult in some cases to get goods and offer services across international lines. There’s a lot to consider, and without doing so beforehand, you might put your business in serious jeopardy and/or miss out on profitable opportunities.
Market research and getting into merchandise fulfillment at the lowest level is the best place to start in international product fulfillment. You have to consider which locations are going to enjoy what you have to offer; no matter if it’s in New Zealand or Newcastle, product-specific demand must be there right from the start.
Once you’ve narrowed down your locations, legalities and international law must be looked into. Granted, this can be pretty dry to research, but it’s beyond necessary if you want to access your chosen region(s); there’s no point in setting up a distribution and fulfillment association there, only to find out the product is banned or the taxes are ridiculously high. It doesn’t matter on the product, either—this can apply to everything from food to computer hardware to sporting gear.
After sorting out potential legal issues, begin networking business channels. You’ll need to make connections with merchandise fulfillment pros and transportation logistics firms that can get your products to clients effectively. This can be accomplished through joint ventures via online searches, international calls, and perhaps even traveling to these locations for person-to-person business meetings. Don’t be afraid to travel if the budget allows it; you might be shocked by what success it helps create.
New Channels of Possibility
Speaking of budget and Internet searches, an easier way to offer business internationally is the World Wide Web. You can set up online order fulfillment from where you live and perform merchandise fulfillment for those that use your site. Of course, you still have to confirm what online order fulfillment rules exist for ordering and shipping internationally, but it doesn’t take long. And once you get used to it, you can begin doing online business on a larger scale. In the end, there are lots of new channels for product fulfillment pros to do international business in; you just have to make use of them.
Need solutions to your product fulfillment problems? Advanced Product Solutions has the knowledge and services to make your direct mail and product fulfillment ventures more successful. Contact Advanced Product Solutions by e-mail at [email protected], visit their web site at www.apsfulfillment.com, or phone toll free at (954) 582-7450.