- Plans & Pricing
eCommerce has grown from a retail footnote into a multi-trillion-dollar industry sector at breathtaking speed. This progression has left many participants perpetually playing catch-up. Technological standards, business trends, and consumer behaviors are constantly changing. Keeping pace requires so much attention that certain operations inevitably get placed on the back burner.
eCommerce order fulfillment is a prime example of this. If a brand’s methods of order processing are working, management may think, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it." This often results in outdated and inefficient processes becoming entrenched when there are certainly better ways to do things.
At SkuNexus, we develop management software solutions to specifically address and streamline warehouse operations. We’d like to share our functional knowledge with you. An abundance of tools exists to make your lives easier, but just what they are is not always obvious.
Here, we’ll explore multiple methods your brand can employ to optimize its order fulfillment. The majority of which involve the powerful combination of management systems and automation.
It cannot be repeated enough: Optimized fulfillment begins before an order has ever been placed. Operational accuracy at the loading dock is the best way to get the ball rolling in the right direction. Key actions can include:
At their core, the fundamental elements of pick, pack & ship have changed very little over time. However, the need for vastly more productive processes has fueled innovations. These innovations have dramatically altered the options available to merchants to optimize order fulfillment.
eCommerce retailers can now differentiate what fulfillment type(s) they will support for any given location. Management software can simplify what would be an excessively complicated web of operations based on these methods.
The geometric increase in order volume that can come with eCommerce growth has created significant challenges for the industry. Fulfillment delays, overworked employees, and unhappy customers created the need for new picking protocols to be developed. Industry leaders have answered the call. With the aid of fulfillment software, multiple complex picking systems may now be employed based on a merchant’s specific requirements.
The variety and complexity of these picking methods, combined with a merchant’s unique situation, can demand customization. Indeed, a combination of some or all of the above may be the optimal solution.
The ability to customize your picking processes and place the necessary controls to maintain accuracy is a valid and attainable goal. SkuNexus empowers merchants to design the exact system to suit their needs.
A great deal of waste within fulfillment can be found in the packing process. Automated protocols for parcel sizes and insulating materials can be established to address this issue.
Shipping will most likely be handled by a third-party carrier. However, that does not mean that an eCommerce merchant cannot maintain certain protocols in the process.
We hope this has been a useful primer on how to streamline your order fulfillment processes through management software and automation. At SkuNexus, we talk to companies tackling these issues every day, and we are here to help.
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