10 Reasons to outsource your fulfilment

This article was recently published in Modern Retail – https://modernretail.co.uk/10-reasons-to-outsource-fulfilment/

As businesses grow in size and requirements change, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage products, storage space and shipping. If retailers aren’t careful, the limitations of self-fulfilment can prevent growth and eat into cash flow.

The solution is to outsource fulfilment to an expert, allowing retailers to focus their time and efforts on what they do best while making sure the logistics run smoothly.

Here are 10 reasons to outsource fulfilment:

1. Reduced warehousing and logistics costs

Agreeing to work with a fulfilment company means you can say goodbye to any warehousing and logistics costs that you previously paid when taking care of your own fulfilment. You no longer need to pay to rent storage space, organise logistics and much more, which means this money can be reinvested into the cost of outsourcing fulfilment.

2. Save time

One of the major benefits of outsourced fulfilment is the amount of time it saves. Once you have chosen your fulfilment provider, you can relax, confident in the knowledge that your fulfilment is being taken care of by the experts. This means you can focus your efforts and newfound time on continuing to grow the business.

3. Scalable

Choosing a fulfilment partner that can adapt to meet your changing requirements means you can upscale and downscale as required, evolving quickly with changing markets. This can be done efficiently and easily, meaning your fulfilment can be continuously suited to your business’ needs.

4. Less health and safety regulations to consider

Anybody that has taken care of their own fulfilment will understand the health and safety issues that can arise. The great news is that when working with a fulfilment company, you don’t need to worry about this, as they have an understanding of legal requirements and policies, making sure all criteria are met throughout the fulfilment journey.

5. Customer service

Outsourcing means you are able to enjoy industry-leading customer service, giving you peace of mind and great communication as your fulfilment orders are dealt with.

6. No need to staff a warehouse

Fulfilment houses deal with their own staffing and HR issues, meaning you don’t have to invest time hiring, training or dealing with HR matters on the fulfilment side.

7. No need to move

Many businesses that manage their own fulfilment find that they have to move premises in order to store and deliver larger or smaller quantities of stock. This upheaval isn’t necessary when fulfilment is outsourced, as fulfilment houses have the capacity to use different facilities, meaning you can stay exactly where you are.

8. Discounted rates

Fulfilment companies build long-standing relationships with providers and suppliers, meaning they are often able to access discounted and negotiated rates. This can quickly make operations more cost-efficient, saving you money.

9. Retain control

Outsourcing doesn’t mean you lose control. In fact, you still retain full control of the way you work, but a fulfilment company manages daily operations on your behalf. This means you can explain your goals and preferences, working with the fulfilment company to meet targets.

10. Expert advice

One of the major benefits of outsourced fulfilment is that you don’t need to have expertise in this area. Instead, you have a knowledgeable team of fulfilment experts running this side of your operations.

If you would like to know more about how talking to Fulfilment and Logistics experts like PHL can help grow your business through the current retail challenges, then please feel free to get in contact now laurap@thephlgroup.co.uk