As an Amazon seller, you’re probably no stranger to the process of order fulfillment and how important it is to fulfill orders. Still, there comes a time when you can no longer handle fulfilling customer orders in-house due to the growth of your company. This is actually a good problem to have because this is where 3PL comes in. 3PL, or third-party logistics, is the outsourcing of logistics for your company from warehousing and storing your products to fulfillment, distribution and delivery. 3PL is a very helpful resource for sellers who simply don’t have the internal resources or time to handle their fulfillment process any longer. At Fulfyld, we help you grow your brand and let you focus on other important aspects of running your business. Here’s what you need to know about 3PL and how they can help sellers fulfill orders on Amazon:
SAVES TIME, MONEY AND CUTS DOWN ON STORAGE COSTS
A 3PL prevents you from needing a warehouse to pick, pack, label and ship your own products. Gone are the days of using your living room, garage and dining room as your fulfillment center and to store your inventory. At Fulfyld, we provide affordable storage space as well as a dedicated staff to handle your company’s customer service matters and other needs. Unlike Amazon Seller-Fulfilled Prime (SFP), you don’t need a warehouse, you don’t have to handle your own inventory or hire a staff to pick, pack, label or ship your products. A 3PL handles every step of this process, which will give you more time to work on other areas of your business.
FREEDOM, FLEXIBILITY, CUSTOMIZATION AND PERSONALIZATION
Working with a 3PL gives you more flexibility as to how your company’s products are delivered, and they also have the staff and technology to enable faster delivery times. There aren’t any severely strict guidelines as it pertains to shipping and delivery with a 3PL. With Amazon, there are strict guidelines with the delivery process for your products and how they must be shipped. Additionally, you could be fined if you fail to comply with these requirements.
Another way 3PL can help Amazon sellers is with customization and personalization of your company’s packaging. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn’t give you the option to package your products with any type of branding other than theirs. This means that your customers will receive their orders in Amazon branded boxes only. You do have the option to send your products in generic, plain boxes, but there is an extra fee tacked on for that service. Here at Fulfyld, we have the resources and flexibility to pretty much accommodate most, if not all customization requests as if your packages were sent directly from you to your customers.
PROVIDES ADVANCED ORDER MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY
3PLs have special order management and automation systems in place to optimize inventory from beginning to end! This includes returns, exchanges, charge backs, back orders and label customization, as we mentioned earlier. It is also important to pick someone who specializes in Amazon SFP 3rd party logistics fulfillment to ensure that you provide your end customers with the best possible customer experience.
An experienced 3PL has advanced technology to prepare your inventory for delivery, all while controlling the costs. Fulfyld has the software capability to seamlessly integrate with major ecommerce platforms and also give you updates and tracking on your company’s orders. Even if you have your own shopping cart solution, we have resources to easily add it within our system using our open API integration.
MAINTAINS AND OVERSEES THE ENTIRE FULLFILLMENT PROCESS
3PL can provide the knowledge, resources and infrastructure to effectively manage and distribute your inventory. This helps you provide your customers with quality service in a timely manner. At Fulfyld, we manage the entire process from start to finish. Our qualified staff is able to pick, pack and ship orders in a way that is sure to meet Amazon’s standards. You are not just a number within our company. We have dedicated customer service representatives that are well-informed of each of our partners products. This gives our reps the ability to locate these products in an efficient manner when necessary.
ABILITY TO SCALE SMOOTHLY
As your business grows or you have seasonal fluctuations like Black Friday or Christmas, 3PL have the space and resources to accommodate your company’s growth and needs. 3PL implement systems that will increase your company’s efficiency as you grow, without interruptions. Be sure to also checkout this article to see how to prevent backorders, another great way to ensure you can scale smoothly.
If your company is at the point where you can no longer efficiently fulfill your orders, don’t fret. Reach out to us today and we can provide the perfect solution to meet all your amazon sfp 3rd party fulfillment warehouse needs.