How to Set Up Inventory and Fulfillment to Manage Growth, from PracticalEcommerce.
Many new ecommerce businesses become overwhelmed with managing inventory and fulfillment. What started in a garage, with little fanfare, now requires more space and more organization. Perhaps the business is not presently big enough to open a warehouse or outsource to a third-party fulfillment center, but it needs more systems in place to succeed. What to do?
The key is to take a long-term view and set yourself up as if you’re running your own warehouse. Success will likely take you down one of two paths in the coming months or years: renting out your first storage space (and operating a small warehouse) or outsourcing the work to a fulfillment company.
The key is to take a long-term view and set yourself up as is if you’re running your own warehouse.
Either way, you should plan now to ensure success later. This article will describe items that need to be done now, to ease inventory and fulfillment bottlenecks. It will also review the items that need to be done before you open your own warehouse or outsource to a fulfillment company.