Ten Secrets to Successfully Outsourcing Your Order Fulfillment #8

by Sarah Smith | eCommerce, eCommerce Fulfillment, Outsourced Fulfillment

Tip 8: Ensure that a fulfillment provider will maintain a certain level of service.

Many fulfillment services guarantee high levels of accuracy and shipping within 24 hours, yet it is important to recognize whether these promises are supported by their policies. For top fulfillment companies, mistakes are rare, but they can happen, and you should be prepared. For example, how will the fulfillment provider compensate you for a late shipment, an order sent to the wrong address, or broken merchandise? Will they pay for the shipment in full? Will you have to fill out paperwork to get a refund, or will the fulfillment company automatically credit your account?

Another thing to investigate is the culture behind the fulfillment company. Find out if they promote a culture of pride in excellence, or if they have more of a “we’ll deal with it when it happens” attitude. Ask them how, internally, they measure the performance of their customer support staff, warehouse supervisors, and their teams. It should be clear that fulfillment providers who actively provide incentives for customer responsiveness and thoroughly examine their own mistakes are more committed to quality than those who do not.