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Imagine a world where you’re freed from the endless cycle of picking, packing, shipping, order adjustments, and returns. A world where your precious time is dedicated to nurturing your business. Outsourcing e-commerce fulfilment brings this freedom to life; your seasoned e-commerce fulfilment partner takes care of the logistics, leaving you with the time and energy to focus on what truly matters to you and your business.

The Case for Outsourcing Fulfilment


First and foremost, let’s discuss time – we all crave more of it, don’t we? By entrusting the e-commerce fulfilment process to experienced hands, you give yourself the luxury of extra time. Time to explore fresh ideas, time to cultivate customer relationships, time to dive headfirst into the development of your business – things you’ve probably been postponing for ages. It’s like discovering extra hours in the day just for yourself!

Leave it to the Experts

Then there’s the expertise factor. Let’s be honest, not everyone is a logistics whiz or a shipping guru. Outsourcing e-commerce fulfilment means tapping into the knowledge and experience of professionals who specialize in getting things from point A to point B efficiently and cost-effectively. We’ve mastered the art of handling packaging, shipping, and handling with finesse, leaving you worry-free and confident that everything is in expert hands.

E-Commerce fulfilment Services You Should Expect

A good e-commerce fulfilment provider will offer services that should cover all the jobs you are currently doing in-house.  But more than that, the right provider will offer services that enhance your in-house capabilities:  more up-to-date data, better packaging options, improved reporting, real-time inventory management, and high-quality storage. To keep things simple, we’ve listed 8 services you should expect from your provider below.

  1. Easy Stock Transfer: A clear process for ensuring your stock is put into the warehouse, in clear pallet locations, with no errors in quantities shipped or received.
  2. Order Processing: Receiving, validating, and processing incoming orders from various sales channels, including e-commerce platforms, online marketplaces, and direct orders.
  3. Inventory Management: Visibility of real-time inventory levels to ensure products are readily available for fulfilment.
  4. Order Picking: Selecting the appropriate products from the warehouse or storage facility based on the order details.
  5. Order Packing: Carefully packing the selected products to guarantee safe and secure delivery. This should include any bespoke wrapping options important to your brand – branded tissue, tape, labels, cards, delivery notes and even personalisation if it is relevant.
  6. Shipping and Labeling: Preparing shipping labels, packaging orders securely, and selecting the most suitable shipping carrier.
  7. Real-time tracking and visibility: Providing customers with order tracking information, enabling them to monitor their orders and anticipate delivery.
  8. Packaging Support: help sourcing the right packaging options for your products – including more sustainable options wherever possible.

The Benefits of Outsourcing E-Commerce Fulfilment

  • Reduced Costs: Businesses can significantly reduce operational costs by harnessing the economies of scale and sophisticated warehousing systems of fulfilment service providers.
  • Increased Efficiency: Fulfilment service providers possess specialized expertise and equipment, enabling them to operate with greater efficiency and accuracy.
  • Focus on Core Competencies: By outsourcing fulfillment, businesses can concentrate on their core competencies, such as product development, marketing, and customer service.
  • Scalability and Growth: Fulfilment service providers can adapt to fluctuating order volumes, allowing businesses to scale their operations seamlessly and quickly.
  • Improved Customer Experience: Efficient fulfilment contributes to faster order processing and delivery, leading to a more positive customer experience.

How do I Choose the Right E-Commerce Fulfilment Partner?

Selecting the appropriate e-commerce fulfilment partner is crucial.  Factors to consider include:

  • Your order volume and growth plans: Think about your current and projected order volumes. Make sure the partners you consider have the flexibility to scale up their services in line with your business vision.
  • Product types and storage requirements: Consider the specific product types and storage conditions needed.  It’s a good idea to visit the warehouse where your products will be stored.
  • Geographic Coverage: Determine the geographical areas where orders are predominantly shipped.
  • Technology and Connectivity: Assess their e-commerce order fulfilment technology infrastructure and their integration capabilities with existing systems.  Do their systems integrate with the marketplaces you are in? What are the reporting capabilities of their technology? Will you get the level of detail you need to make great decisions as you adapt and grow your business?
  • Customer Service and Support:  How experienced is the CS team? Do they understand your business? What is the onboarding process? Will you get to meet the team personally, and brief the customer service and operations team yourself on your brand, your products and what matters to you?
  • Bespoke services: if you need a more tailored service, make sure your chosen partner has the flexibility to deliver. That might mean packing in a specific or unusual way, personalisation, using unusual packing materials that are unique to your business – it could even be as simple as combing a fluffy teddy bear.

E-Commerce Fulfilment – the Future?

High quality fulfilment services have truly become the backbone of e-commerce. As online shopping continues to explode, these services are gaining in importance. They’ve evolved far beyond simple shipping – they’re now offering sophisticated solutions.

Businesses are seeking fulfilment services that offer added value – personalization, kit creation, and seamless returns. It’s all about transforming shipping into a delight for customers. Missing out on this evolution could mean missing out on a significant edge in the market.

In a world where time is precious and expertise is priceless, outsourcing e-commerce fulfilment is a path to a more efficient and fulfilling business life. So why not take that leap? Embrace the freedom to focus on what truly sparks joy in your world, while someone else handles the logistics. Trust me, it’s a game-changer!  Interested in exploring further?  We’d be delighted to hear from you – please contact us here or call us on 0141 944 3900.

Maureen Dunlop.