How to Improve Your eCommerce Order Fulfillment Process

eCommerce sales continue to expand at more than twice the rate of total retail growth, however, it still only represents an average 8.5% of all annual retail trade. By 2025, however, one of every four dollars spent in retail will be through an online store.

The means that your eCommerce website will be a more significant part of your omni-channel business as time goes on. Therefore it is more critical than ever to handle eCommerce fulfillment in a timely and cost efficient method.

True cost of fulfillment

eCommerce fulfilment can be expensive. Automating with technology can reduce costs and remove pain points.

Logical Partnerships Emerge for eCommerce Fulfillment

The importance of your online store is not lost to your eCommerce provider nor to any big shipping company. With Amazon fulfillment setting the bar for fast home delivery, logistics providers are rushing to help businesses fulfil their eCommerce website orders. They’re also teaming up with platforms to provide faster eCommerce fulfillment in more markets.

For example, Shopify recently added DHL express as an international carrier option. This gives more Shopify customers lower shipping rates previously available only to customers with enterprise accounts.  If you are a Shopify merchant, Shopify will integrate with StarShipIT so that you can add DHL Express along with your choice of other carriers and offer a more complete multi carrier shipping solution.

Automate eCommerce Fulfillment

While physical retailers sell on websites, pure-play eCommerce brands are opening physical stores. Meanwhile, both use marketplaces to reach more customers. Omni-channel commerce is the model of the future and can increase sales significantly.  However, the more channels you use, the more work is involved in order to manage order fulfillment. This increases the amount of time and resources you need to process and fulfil orders. Use technology to automate your business processes to help keep costs down as your business grows.

 

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Use 3PLs to Get Inventory Anywhere

Your customers can be anywhere.  The good news is that with third-party logistics, you don’t need to invest in an Amazon-like infrastructure to get your products closer to them. One option is to use a 3PL (third party logistics).  3PL’s can hold the stock you need for eCommerce fulfillment practically anywhere in the world and do the shipping on your behalf.

Many 3PLs including Direct Mail and DHL eCommerce Australia Fulfillment Centre use automation software such as StarShipIT to enable them fast and efficient processes.

Integrate eCommerce to Your Other Channels

Another consideration is the amount of stock you carry can impact your bottom line. Without understanding how well your products sell through any given channel, a business risks carrying too much or too little of something. This means increased carrying costs in the former case, and lost sales in the latter. The risk to your bottom line increases as you sell more and add more channels and markets.

Manage stock, processes, and fulfillment through a single tool that gives you real-time visibility, accurate costs and in-depth reports for the most efficient supply chain possible.

StarShipIT integrates with several inventory management systems, including Cin7, TradeGecko, Unleashed and DEAR Inventory to provide you with a seamless, eCommerce inventory management experience.

 

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