Tip 6: Work with a fulfillment provider who will scale with your needs.
Before you make a final decision on a fulfillment provider, ask yourself a few questions:
- How much do you intend to boost your sales in the foreseeable future?
- Will you be carrying the same kind and amount of merchandise?
- Will you be introducing new merchandise on a regular basis?
- Do you plan on expanding overseas?
An ideal partner today might not be the right choice in the future. A fulfillment company that excels at shipping small numbers of items can get bogged down by a large number of orders, and some might not even have the space required if the growth in orders or number of products is too high. Thus, be sure to choose a provider with your future plans in mind, as switching fulfillment providers involves moving a great deal of merchandise and changing a lot of procedures, as well as a long, disruptive downtime in order fulfillment that could cost you business.