Ten Secrets to Successfully Outsourcing Your Order Fulfillment #4

by Sarah Smith | eCommerce, eCommerce Fulfillment, Outsourced Fulfillment

Tip 4: Choose a company that owns its own warehouses.

Ask your potential fulfillment provider if it owns and operates its own warehouses. Just as there are traditional shipping companies that dabble in eCommerce order fulfillment, there are eCommerce fulfillment providers that dabble in shipping. These are actually virtual companies that outsource the entire logistics process to a warehouse operator. This means that instead of relying on a single company for your fulfillment needs, you would be, in effect, relying on two. A fulfillment provider that operates its own warehouses would be able to check on your product personally when asked, allowing for greater efficiency and less complications. Request a tour of your fulfillment partner’s warehouses to get a sense of how they operate.