If you are looking for a full service logistics solution, fulfilment services have probably come onto your radar before. Managing marketing, purchasing and accounting can be intimidating for small businesses. Here we take a look at why fulfilment companies may be your best long term solution.
Fulfilment services are flexible
One of the biggest issues with permanent staff is that they need to be paid even when the budget is tight. Then, when it hits busy season, you are left shorthanded. One of the top benefits of order fulfilment companies is that they are there when you need them, and can be forgotten when you don’t. There’s no need to train temps and hope for the best- seasonally flexible, trustworthy staff to work in your business’ best interests are there when you need them.
Keep your customer’s shipping costs low.
People are drawn to deals with attractive shipping- and of course, nothing is more attractive then free! This is an area where the small business person struggles, because big box retailers can leverage deals where smaller businesses simply have to pay standard costs. If you opt for warehousing services and a fulfilment service with a warehouse chain, you will be able to keep costs lower for yourself and the customer, and having inventory spaced across the country can become a distinct market advantage.
Spread into new areas
Fulfilment companies can also be a great way to expend into new markets without needing costly infrastructure in that area. Sharing warehouse space with a warehousing and distribution service will allow you to get inventory into different areas without a hassle or the need to maintain your own spaces there- just a variable cost. It may cos as little as a monthly fee and a website to get your international branch running!
Upgrade to serious facilities without the serious costs
The need to house warehouse stock can be one of the greatest costs facing a business. A full service logistics solution and warehousing service can prevent you having to physically pay rent [or buy] the space required to hold stock. That fixed cost can become a variable cost instead, and fluctuate based on sales. Turning this fixed cost into a variable cost will save you time, energy and cash.
Let the experts help you
A full service logistics company can be one of the best helping hands an entrepreneur finds. They take care of the nitty-gritty of logistics while you grow your core business and use your skills where they are needed. Outsourcing your unfamiliar tasks lets you concentrate on the tasks you do know well, and take away the hassle and potential money drain of failing to do things the right way first time. Instead, you will have access to a wealth of professional logistics knowledge to boy you through determining your company’s needs.
A full service logistics solution or even just a warehousing service can be one of the best ways for you to expand your business while keeping critical overheads low.