Fulfilment services can seem complicated to an outsider, and this is particularly true for startups who are trying to make decisions for all different parts of their business. When should you outsource your fulfilment? What does a 3PL actually do? How does it actually save you money? We’ve put together some important things we think you should know about fulfilment services for startups in this article, but if you need further information please do get in touch! We’d be happy to help and we actually have a new bundle designed for maximum business growth just for startups at the moment.
Outsourcing fulfilment actually means…
Outsourcing your fulfilment means you have a third party who provides space for your stock and helps deliver your items from A to B, basically. It means that you are provided with expert advice and help about stocking and delivering your items. Fulfilment companies can help with inventory, tracking, reporting, packaging and more.
Fulfilment services save you money
I know, I know, you’ve heard this before but how do they really save you money? Well, outsourcing your fulfilment means that you are handing it over to the experts to make it more efficient and leave less room for error. It also means that you then have time to invest in the other areas of your business, such as marketing, that can help it grow. Furthermore, if you have seasonal demands, you are no longer required to rent a big space for the bigger times - 3PLs can adjust to your seasonal demands therefore save you lots of money on rent. We could go on but if you want to read more about this you can do so in our article on how outsourcing your fulfilment saves you money.
Your 3PL must be the right fit for you
It is important to talk to potential fulfilment services and discover whether they are the right fit for you and your business or not. A 3PL that is right for one business may not be right for another and it’s important that you are able to trust them to do what you need. A good 3PL will be flexible and help meet your needs. For a startup, in particular, growth potential is important so it is important to explore your growth options.
The timing is important
If you’ve been thinking about outsourcing your fulfilment for a while, it’s likely that you should have been doing it already. If you time it right, it can be the reason for your business success. Equally though, it’s not worth outsourcing right at the start of your ecommerce journey, you need to make sure that you will reap all the benefits of the service.
You still have control
It can be scary to hand over a big part of your business to a third party, but it is still your business. Your 3PL are there to help you grow and develop not take over. If this is holding you back from taking the step towards outsourcing, then it is important that you find the right fit for your business.