Around the world in…..
Around the world in…
You know the movie ‘Around the world in 80 days’? Well, could you only imagine if it took 80 days to receive a simple package now a days? The items we are ordering don’t even come from around the world anymore thanks to warehouses sitting so close to where we live full of the items we are purchasing online. The process is simple but are you aware of the different kinds of warehouses holding these packages and what they can do for you as a customer but ALSO as a business owner?
There are all kinds of warehouses plus delivery services who are picking, packing and dropping packages each day. These warehouse are everywhere and if you start looking for them you will see them. In an article from Material Handling & Logistics titled “Demand for Warehouse Space Will Be Strong in 2018” says, “The demand, from e-commerce growth to last-mile logistics, combined with an abundance of institutional capital in the global market, are the forces behind the increase this year… E-commerce operators require an estimated average of up to three times more space than traditional warehouse users due to a greater diversity in products handled and the need to have them immediately accessible.” Three times more space! If you are a business owner and you are not yet working with a shipping and logistics company in one of these warehouses let us tell you why maybe you should consider it.
E-commerce logistics companies do it all for you; let us tell you how:
- An order on your website is placed
- Sent to their system which is linked to yours
- Someone immediately picks the package off of the shelf
- Last, sends out your package all in a matter a minutes.
Why would you waste time doing this yourself instead of getting to spend time selling your product and growing your number of sales? Here at FirstMile we want to make it easy for you. When choosing a shipping and logistics company, you want someone who will have your best interest.
Shopify has an article which lays out the process of how to chose the right logistics company and these are what they say the steps to choosing one are;
Find someone with Similar Industry Specialization
“One of the most important things that business owners should consider when choosing a logistics company is specialization. There are a wealth of fulfillment companies out there—and each company has a unique focus.”
Similar Existing Clients
Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions, including asking for references. Most importantly, be upfront and clear about your needs so there are no surprises down the road.
Most Common Pitfall*
The most common pitfall is choosing a company based solely on price. Although price is important, finding a company that is a good fit is just as important.
“The biggest pitfall we see companies make is that many tend to judge a fulfillment company largely based upon price. Without a doubt, it is important to get a competitive price proposal from a logistics company. However, many companies choose a provider based solely upon price, only to find out that quality is absent from the equation. This can be very painful, when shipments are delivered without the proper items or are not delivered on time.”
Number One Piece of Advice
Do your due diligence when searching for a shipping and logistics company. Take the time to check them out, talk with them, make sure they’re competent, and be certain it’s a good fit for both of you. You really don’t want to have to switch companies three months later.
We hope you will be able to follow these steps listed by Shopify and chose a logistics company that works for you starting with FirstMile so that in the end you don’t go with someone else who might just take a package ‘Around the world in 80 days.’ We will make it work for you.