When businesses grow, you can often find that the logistics, storing, picking, packing and delivering your products can become extremely time consuming. Use the checklist below to help you decide if it’s time to outsource your order fulfilment.
Are your sales seasonal / have peaks and troughs?
It can become costly to maintain a warehouse and warehouse staff if you’re in a period of low sales, after all there will be a fixed cost associated with the warehouse no matter that the sales level.
Could you focus your time on other areas of the business?
If a large proportion of your time is invested in fulfilling orders, you may be missing out on other opportunities to grow your business. Could your time be better spent in sourcing products, or sales and marketing?
Do you have the storage space required?
As demand starts to grow, so does the need for extra stock in order to provide quick delivery for your customers. When you outsource fulfilment, your stock is simply delivered from the supplier or manufacturer to a secure fulfilment centre where it is stored safe and secure – you pay for what you store and sell without any of the fixed overheads of your own warehouse.
Do you have sufficient staff & are they fully trained?
Recruitment and training of staff can become very costly, especially if you are reacting to a peak in sales. Not to mention staff costs such as holiday and sickness. Outsourcing means you don’t have any of the recruitment and training costs relating to warehouse staff.
Do you have the correct IT systems?
Order fulfilment relies heavily on an intelligent and up to date IT system in order to give your customers the best possible service. Outsourcing order fulfilment will give you access to the latest technology which will keep you up to date with order activity while a dedicated and experienced warehousing team take care of the rest.
If it’s time to consider outsourcing your order fulfilment, contact us to find out how we can help.