In simple terms, Order fulfillment, also known as inventory fulfillment, and sometimes called E commerce Fulfillment or E Fulfillment ( when an ecommorce portal is used such as woocommrce or Shopify ) is the steps between taking new orders , processing orders, warehousing, packing, and shipping products.
Why hire a 3PL for order Fulfillment
Busnisses are resorting to outsourcing their fulfillment services to third party logistic providers . In a competitive environment, choosing the right 3PL company can be a game changer . Utilizing a Fulfillment Center provides businesses with a logistics advantage.
Third-Party Logistics offers an all-in-one solution for assembly, packaging, warehousing, distribution, inventory control and shipping..
Some of the reasons for hiring a 3PL Company are:
- The cost effectiveness. The cost of having your own warehouse and hiring warehouse workers could be too high
- 3PL companies have connected networks that provides significant savings.
- 3PLs have the know how. Thye can offer solutions that are more economical.
- A benefit of using a 3PL provider is the ability scale space, technology without adding more costs.
Advance Shipping Notice
- The first step is to provider and ASN or Advance shippingnotice to the fulfillment center letteing them know what product is coming in and when.
- Once a packinglist or ASN id provided, the inventory if received by offloading from a truck or receve from a courier. The inventory could have originated over seas and might have been shipped via Ocean Freight or Air Freight.
- Inventory is counted and stored based on assigned locations in the warehouse.
- Order processing starts once the order is placed. The requested items are picked and packed according to each individual order.
- Items are packed with the appropriate packing materials to ensure the safety of all items shipped. Shipping labels are then placed on each package for shipping.
Delivery of Products
- Most fulfillment companies will offer shipping through FedEx, UPS or USPS. Tracking information for all shipments is provided. In the case of Amazon Fulfillment, Amazon could provide the shipping labels.
- In some cases, building product from components might be needed to make up a product tobe sold.