The Internet has certainly made it possible for businesses that operated locally to access markets in other parts of the globe. For businesses that deal in sale of physical products, warehousing is usually a major consideration. The fact that a business may not have enough warehousing or storage space therefore makes it necessary for such businesses to look for alternative ways through which they can have their products securely stored. This is where fulfillment warehousing becomes very important.
This is a modern way of storing products before sending the same to intended recipients. Offered by various companies as a service, this type of storage has proved beneficial to online stores that are in the business of selling to different customers around the globe. In this regard, the companies undertake to store, receive orders, process, package and ship the same to intended customers. In this way, a company offering the service undertakes to fulfill its responsibility of ensuring that ordered products are not only packaged well but also shipped in good time to customers.
Such companies do offer the service as a full package that involves the following:
- Storage – A company stores a manufacturer’s or a business’s products until it receives an order from a customer. Companies offering this service do have specialized storage facilities for storing varied products taking into account such factors as temperature and humidity.
- Inventory control – To keep track and report to manufacturers and other businesses whose products they store, the companies implement advanced inventory control and reporting systems. This ensures that customers placing orders are efficiently served and that they never run out of supplies.
- Packaging – Companies offering this type of storage also undertake to package products before they ship the same to clients. This way, manufacturers do not need to worry about packaging and can comfortably deliver their finished products to a company’s store knowing that the same will be packaged before being shipped.
- Shipping – It is not common to find a company offering storage service to ship ordered products to customers. The companies in most cases engage (outsource) the services of specialized shippers such as DHL and FedEx that provide courier services.
The need for manufacturers and other business owners to outsource storage service cannot be ignored. First, many manufacturers and business owners do want to concentrate on their core business and sourcing out storage and other associated activities become the best option. Secondly, both manufacturers and business owners may not have sufficient storage capacity and facilities to store products on their own. Lastly, companies offering storage service are not only well equipped but have the expertise to provide the various services.