What is eCommerce
fulfillment?

eCommerce fulfillment is the operational process of managing inventory, picking, packing, and shipping products from online orders for delivery directly to consumers, and processing customer returns. eCommerce fulfillment can be done manually in-house by eCommerce brands, or, more commonly, outsourced to an experienced eCommerce fulfillment centre or 3PL (third-party logistics) provider, such as Autofulfil.

Why outsource eCommerce fulfillment?

eCommerce fulfillment is a critical component of any eCommerce business strategy, as most online shoppers make initial and repeat buying decisions based on the cost, speed, and experience of their delivery and returns with a company. If care isn’t taken to provide an excellent customer order delivery and returns experience, those customers will take their business elsewhere.
Most new eCommerce brands start out fulfilling online orders themselves from home, an office, or a retail store. In the beginning of a new startup business, this can be the most cost-effective option to manage inconsistent and low-volume order fulfillment.
But as your online store grows, the fulfillment process can quickly become an operational nightmare if you don’t have the know-how, capital, space, experience, staff, software systems, equipment, and processes in place to scale your eCommerce fulfillment operation.
Perhaps most importantly, in-house fulfillment takes precious time – and a lot of it. Every minute wasted on the operational complexities of managing eCommerce fulfillment in-house is a minute your team could be focusing on product development, sales, and marketing efforts that grow your business.
Outsourcing your eCommerce fulfillment to an experienced 3PL partner with the capacity for high-volume order processing takes away the operational headaches and gives you your time back so you can grow your business to a larger scale faster, easier, and more affordably.

How it works

Other benefits of outsourcing fulfillment to a 3PL partner include:

The ability to purchase and store inventory in bulk to reduce costs and improve profit margins

No significant financial investment required for warehouse real estate, warehouse management software, equipment, or warehousing staff.

Instant access to experience – no need to spend time and resources developing team knowledge and skills in logistics.

Better shipping discounts negotiated by a 3PL than you would be able to get from the shipping carriers yourself (by leveraging the 3PL’s higher collective shipping volumes).

Autofulfil’s eCommerce fulfillment services include:

Autofulfil provides full-service fulfillment solutions, so you can chill while we fulfill. Our fulfillment services include:

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