Proper picking, packaging and smart shipping practices are worth the effort in helping retailers avoid spending too much money, wasting time on order fulfillment, and failing to protect the products you send to your customers.
Improve Order Fulfillment with Efficient Picking, Packing & Shipping
Choose boxes that fit your items without leaving unnecessary excess space or adding excess bulk. How much you’ll pay to send your item is determined by the size and weight of your package, and nothing adds to your costs more than paying for superfluous space.
Standardize and simplify the picking, packing and shipping process by taking the ‘thinking’ out of the equation from your pickers, packers and shippers by coming up with clear guidelines.
Organize the area where products are warehoused and packed. Keep best-selling items close to the packing area (or pre-pack them if you prefer) and store them on easy-to-reach shelves. Don’t put heavy items up high – it makes them harder to access. If certain products are often sold together, make sure they’re kept next to one another in your warehouse. Label aisles and shelves with large, clear signs – so no one has to spend too much time searching for items. Finally, set up your packing area so all necessary materials (such as scissors, tape, and labels) are laid out in a logical, orderly fashion.
Every retailer knows the weeks leading up to the Christmas holidays (starting with Black Friday and Cyber Monday) will involve serious increases in sales. There will also be other stretches of the year when you’ll be busier than usual. Expedite order fulfillment during peak periods by preparing packaging materials in advance.
Resist the temptation to cut corners when it comes to buying boxes and packing materials, such as foam caps, polystyrene peanuts, and bubble wrap. The extra money you spend on higher quality products will add up over time, but those costs will be offset by avoiding losses from damaged and broken items.
Don’t overlook the questions and concerns buyers have when it comes to the shipping and delivery of their purchase.
From time to time, new customers will input an incorrect or out-of-date address into an order form resulting in a return or lost shipment.
Before you set shipping prices for your products, make sure you know what it’s actually going to cost to get your products to your customers. You will lose sales using unnecessary high shipping fees and lose money undercharging.
Whether you’re starting a new business or looking to update current procedures, your picking, packing and shipping practices should undergo a review to make sure your processes as efficient as possible. You will save time and money in the long run. Alternatively, may retailers today are moving the order fulfilment operations to companies that specialize in Third Party Logistics providers. This enables retailers to focus on their core business.