3 Key Benefits of Using a 3PL for Order Fufillment

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Any growing e-commerce business inevitably must evaluate its fulfillment process from time to time. With growing revenue streams, there must also be a careful allocation of resources and use of the right tools to grow an e-commerce business to new heights. 

However, as operations grow, it becomes time to consider if order fulfillment is better served by being outsourced to a trusted partner. There are many benefits associated with outsourcing this part of the process, here are just a few to be considered.

1) Saves time and resources

One of the biggest considerations is the amount of time saved, as well as resources. While a business is in its initial stages, it makes sense to have order fulfillment in-house, especially when demand is not as high. However, as an e-commerce grows and flourishes, it often becomes a massive drain on operations to continue order fulfillment in-house.

Rather than spend copious amounts of time and money fulfilling orders, and subsequently correcting mistaken orders, use a growing revenue stream to find the right outsourcing partner to take this part of the process off your hands. 

2) Allows focus on growth and expansion

Another massive benefit is that once the process is outsourced, it allows for more time developing strategies for growth and expansion. Additionally, use this newfound time to ascertain whether expansion is the right move, and what projected costs and revenues will look like. Use the opportunity to strategize what the long-term goals of your e-commerce business are and how best to accomplish that.

3) Greater control without a headache

Another perk is that outsourcing allows a greater sense of control - without the headache of controlling the resources that go into fulfillment. Working with a trusted partner means that they will understand your concerns, pain points and provide a macro-level look at the process without you needing to be involved in the nitty-gritty, day-to-day details.

Use their resources to create an operations process that works on both ends, with an option to weigh in as needed but let your outsourcing partner deal with the fulfillment process on a daily level. Having this process outsourced means that the fulfillment process goes smoothly, without needing to worry about daily oversight on operations.

Chadwick Heard

Written by Chadwick Heard

Brand Strategist| Technology Enthusiast| Logistics Professional