Miami, FL (PRWEB) February 18, 2015 – APS Fulfillment, Inc., one of the nation’s leading cost-effective fulfillment and integrated direct mail marketing companies, is announcing its top ways to streamline warehousing and fulfillment as traditional brick-and-mortar and online retail sales surge.
According to a recent report, global retail sales, both in-store and online, will reach $22.49 trillion in 2014. Over the next five years, worldwide retail sales will climb 2.5%, reaching $28.30 trillion in 2018. In 2014, e-commerce accounted for roughly 5.9% of the global retail market; by 2018, it will increase drastically to 8.8%. The U.S. and China are the two world’s leading e-commerce markets, accounting for more than 55% of global online sales in 2014. (Source: emarketer.com, article, “Retail Sales Worldwide Will Top $22 Trillion This Year,” EMarketer.com, December 23, 2014; http://www.emarketer.com/Article/Retail-Sales-Worldwide-Will-Top-22-Trillion-This-Year/1011765.)
“Thanks to rapidly growing online sales, both traditional brick-and-mortar stores and e-commerce brands should expect to see their sales volumes increase,” says Charles Aultman, president of APS Fulfillment, Inc. “To meet the growing demand and stay ahead of the competition, businesses need to ensure they are outsourcing their warehousing and fulfillment to a company that uses the most up-to-date management systems, including inventory, accounting, shipping, and receiving.”
Aultman explains that outsourcing integrated warehousing and fulfillment helps brands create efficient workflow. It also helps businesses increase awareness of and engagement with a brand. That’s because fulfillment and warehousing are about more than just shipping orders; it’s about creating satisfied customers and avoiding costly mistakes, according to Aultman. “Outsourcing fulfillment and warehousing also allows brands to focus on their customers and selling their products and services,” he says.
Aultman also observes that businesses succeed when they enhance their customers’ overall shopping experience, from the moment they purchase a product to the moment they receive it and even beyond. One important factor in the fulfillment supply chain is location, says Aultman, as shipping costs can have a direct effect on a consumer’s buying decision. A fulfillment company that is close to all major transportation routes (interstates, airports, and major marine ports and shipping routes) translates into a shorter dock-to-stock time.
“On top of that, businesses need to know their warehoused products are safe and secure. In addition to having a state-of-the-art security system, businesses should look for a fulfillment company that monitors the property 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” he adds. “Another important factor to consider is the actual size of the warehouse. No matter how big a business is, retailers want to know the fulfillment company can keep pace with their growth.”
“To that end, APS Fulfillment, Inc.’s advanced real-time shipping solution can accommodate time-sensitive, seasonal order spikes and unexpected demand. That’s because its ‘real-time’ online orders are received the second they’re placed, as opposed to being batched,” Aultman concludes. “As a result, orders are shipping in the quickest time. And because of its proximity to major transportation routes, businesses that use APS Fulfillment, Inc. can have their products received, inventoried, and shipped in just two days.”
APS Fulfillment, Inc. is one of the United States’ leading cost-effective fulfillment and integrated direct mail marketing companies, offering affordable and real-time fulfillment services to small, medium, and large companies. More information on APS Fulfillment, Inc. is available by visiting the firm’s web site or by calling 954-582-7450.