Seven Order Fulfillment Strategies To Fast Track Your E-Commerce Business GrowthSource: Intelligrated Inc.
By Chris Arnold, Vice President, Operations and Solutions Development, Intelligrated
Most e-commerce businesses start small, fulfilling daily orders using manual processes and handling growth by simply adding more staff, more shifts and more storage. This approach can work to a limited extent, but with increased success comes increased order volume, lines per order, complexity and the inevitable need to upgrade to a fulfillment facility with some level of automation.
1. Find a Way to Analyze Your Business Data In Order to Build Order Profiles
Growing e-commerce companies all use some form of management software for their fulfillment operations, even if they still work with paper printouts and enter orders manually. Collecting and analyzing order data from these software systems is an important step in preparing for seasonal and peak demand patterns. Historical data can show order profiles, reveal customer preferences, identify the most profitable SKUs and organize categories of fast and slow movers. It sounds easy, but extracting this information can be challenging, even for large companies with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solutions and Warehouse Management Systems (WMS).
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