Centralized Ordering and Shipping
If you have ever received 30 orders to pick, pack, and ship to different locations in one day, you understand that trying to do it all on your own is very stressful and monopolizes your time. Not to mention, many companies have different people that supply their print, promotional products, and uniforms. Fulfillment web stores relieve the burden, increase efficiency, and reduce your bottom line. They allow your customers to access a single portal to purchase all the items your company approves to be in stock and the ones you want custom ordered. The fulfillment manager then pulls your products, packs, and quickly ships your order for you. Fulfillment managers often get discounted domestic and international shipping rates, allowing you to save money on shipping and increasing ROI.
As your company grows, brand consistency can often be a hard to keep under control. A company fulfillment store allows you to control your logo size, PMS color, stitch count, and the quality of items it’s placed on. Fulfillment stores reduce the risk of rogue employees going to their Great Uncle Bo to get a hot deal on hot pink t-shirts when they know your company color is blue. By mandating employees use of your fulfillment web store, you’re letting your branches, locations, and franchises know they are expected to maintain the image you have strived to build. You get the peace of mind that no matter which location your customer walks into that your brand is getting represented exactly the same.
When maintaining your own inventory, no matter how hard you try, quality becomes an issue. Often times, you have to order stacks of merchandise to get the price you want and then it sits in a company closet. Your money is tied up in stagnant merchandise that is getting faded, dirty, dusty, wrinkled, or broken. Fulfillment managers house and control your merchandise to maintain all aspects of quality. They inspect every item when it is received and shipped to make sure it meets color, logo, and quality standards. Fulfillment quality control will increase customer satisfaction and reduce product waste.
No minimums to order
Minimums can be your worst nightmare when ordering promotional products and branded apparel. A company fulfillment store takes away that pain. If you need just one pen, you can actually go to your store, order one pen, and get invoiced for one pen. You order what you actually need. The fulfillment manager inspects your inventory levels regularly and orders as needed to replenish your stock. They have the vendor relationships and buying power to offer you special pricing on smaller quantities of merchandise, lowering your costs and inventory levels. In most cases, larger fulfillment managers will even assume all up-front investments and only charge you when the merchandise is shipped.
Custom Reporting & Invoicing
Fulfillment managers use special software to record all your inventory movement, sales, and invoicing. They can quickly generate reports to show you up to date sales, inventory levels, and budget information. With fulfillment stores, the days of counting each pen, drink coozie, bumper sticker, and t-shirt in your closet are over. Say no to pouring over Excel sheets and QuickBooks until your eyes have blurred and your spine is crooked. Fulfillment stores take away all the back office hassle. The fulfillment manager will handle all the payment transactions, inventory, and detailed reporting for you.
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