Space and Time

Amazing scenarios exist in understanding the universe. Equally amazing though is how order fulfillment applies these two factors of existence. Not nearly as spectacular, fulfillment of orders is directly connected to both space and time. Space to store products or materials; and human power to time it so to have product packages at the dock […]

Flash Sale Fulfillment is Part and Parcel for Success

Flash sales are not new. And there are e-retailers who are masters at this method of moving inventory out by making a sale time limit. What fulfillment companies may call for themselves: ‘crunch time.’ So be it; everybody can make money with the fundamentals executed properly. For sure, fulfillment is part in parcel with the […]

Warehousing, Fulfillment and Customer Care

Every so often I catch myself long enough to test, or audit, the relationship between attending to the operation and its running efficiently and customer care.  Sometimes however, what we care about to the extent we’ve satisfied a client, may not be exactly what the client would agree as being in their best interest.  That […]

Service Sykey–How a Vendor Should Operate

The range of order fulfillment services provided by one company can be full back end support: Call Center Order Processing Storage Pick, Pack & Ship Inventory Control At times too, product or materials assembly before shipments are made can be included.  And the full range of finished packaging can include shrink wrap, ploy wrap or […]

Getting Out of It (or from Under It)

Looking at reasons to outsource fulfillment has everything to do with growth without commitments.  Generally, one can save costs doing it yourself; the problem though is managing an operation that may have little to do with your purposes or product sales. How do you know?  For sure, knowing all expenses related to real estate will […]

Is the Cart Before The Horse?

We all know e-commerce is evolving; and at paces that can seem unreal.  An attempt to define e-commerce will usually, today, end with ‘anything to do with making money’ in association with the internet.  That’s a fair answer. Selling products via the internet requires basics that include marketing as we know, let alone merchandising the […]

Think of Us as a Trout (Yeah, the Fish)

Much is learned by what the last step requires to successfully fulfill order shipments.  And that’s checking before packing an order and at last, manifesting the order.  I refer to it as ‘downstream wisdom.’  It’s where the worm of success is eaten.  While no step in the order process is to be ignored, tracking an order […]

Ouch!! It Hurts to Learn

As I continue to learn from both followers and professionals’ blogging away as it were, I remind myself learning is a good thing albeit ‘painful.’  I have always been a slow learner yet keeping at it, whatever it is, is the answer.  As we know, one never fails unless one stops. Having been involved with […]

Internet Retail and Outlet Wholesale—Necessary Fulfillment Considerations

Many product manufactures have wholesale distribution as an ongoing marketing plan and what support that is necessary comes down to warehouse space and adequate product shipping capabilities.  Further, as might be required, Accounts Receivable and billing, EDI and other tendering round out the backend fulfillment. Generally speaking, start ups and smaller manufactures tend to lean […]

Moving Forward: International Shipping

Your web store is up, you are moving product at a good rate, and now you are looking at expanding your market overseas.  More consumers, more sales, more profit right?  Not if your shipping costs eat away that profit.  Shipping internationally can be a great addition to your company, but it has the potential of […]