So you’ve got great products and a growing clientele, but are you able to ensure that your products are always properly packed and labeled and reach your customers on time?
Whether you supply your retail customers directly, use their distribution centers, ship individual products to end users, or even have your own facility for distribution, it often makes sense to outsource product fulfillment services for your business.
Essentially, fulfillment services are like retailer warehouse and shipping operations that check products in after manufacture, organize them and store them, and then fulfill the orders either to retails or online shoppers.
These are the top five reasons to consider fulfillment services for your business. You can:
- Focus on what you do best
- Grow new markets for your products
- Lower costs of shipping
- Minimize fixed costs
- Ensure seasonal flexibility
Focus on Your Best Skills
Why focus on packing, labeling, distribution and shipping when you could be focusing on the products that form the core of your business? It’s like asking a creative person to focus on the administrative side of their business.
While you could employ an operations manager, unless your business is reasonably substantial in size and turnover, it makes absolute sense to use a good fulfillment service. Ultimately opting for fulfillment services will mean that you can outsource dull, dreary but essential tasks and focus on what you do best!
Grow Your Market
Whether you do business on the high street, with traditional retailers, or sell your products online, you can use professional fulfillment services to grow new markets. This is because outsourcing packaging, labeling, storage and so on adds a viability factor to your business.
The beauty of fulfillment services is that you can expand the business without investing in additional infrastructure or hiring extra employees to do packaging and processing tasks as the business grows. Those in the know have done just this and expanded across continents. You can too!
Lower Your Shipping Costs
Shipping is a real cost for any business, whether delivering to retail outlets or individual purchasers. So it’s a no-brainer that it is essential to do everything possible to keep shipping costs as low as possible.
So how best can you do this?
Rather than investing in warehousing and packaging plant and equipment, a good fulfillment service company can do the job for you. It really is that simple.
Convert Existing Fixed Costs into Variable Costs
Fixed costs can have a profound effect on any business, particularly one that is new and relatively small. These include rentals, heating and cooling, salaries, and more. By cutting down on fixed costs, and converting these to variable costs, business owners can improve cash flow and increase profits.
One of the best ways to convert fixed costs to costs that are variable is by using a good fulfillment service.
Increase the Flexibility of the Business
One of the greatest challenges of any business is the fact that sales are not constant. In season there is increased demand, and out of season, decreased demand. This makes it difficult for smaller businesses to work in the costs of new capital equipment to running costs, and often forces them to take on temporary staff when seasonal shopping activity peaks.
By opting for fulfillment services rather than incorporating this function within the business will enable you to increase seasonal flexibility and cope with holiday sales without additional packaging equipment and extra staff. It will also mean that you won’t have to fork out for machinery that isn’t used for part of the year.
Georgia-based Technik Packaging Services offers a distribution and fulfillment service that will enable you to take advantage of all these possibilities. There are many options available and we will customize a fulfillment system to meet the needs of any business so that you can expand and grow the business and increase your profits.