Chances are your eCommerce business is doing great…and that’s always good news!
Perhaps orders are flying out the door, but you’re running out of space to keep inventory. Buying a warehouse all your own can be a costly venture, not to mention all the people you have to hire to maintain that warehouse and security systems that you should put in place to make sure none of your inventory disappears.
It might make better sense to start out by trying a warehousing company and renting the space you need.
What a Warehousing Company Can Do For You
As it turns out, warehousing and distribution can be a really complicated discipline, especially when you have lots of small or similar items to track.
Even if distribution is in your wheelhouse, warehousing elsewhere can make sense. You should still choose a fulfillment services house that offers a full selection of 3rd party fulfillment options that can help you keep order fulfillment on target as you expand. But for now you need a warehouse because your stockroom is full to capacity.
Here are three ways hiring the extra help can benefit you where you are now:
Saving your time by handling deliveries. You haven’t been home at a reasonable hour for weeks (or months!), but you feel like you don’t have any other options than to just keep doing everything.
Sending your goods to a warehouse can also mean delegating delivery management, too. Instead of having to stop what you’re doing when the packages come in, your warehousing company will handle it for you. You’ll recapture a lot of your day, decrease interruptions and find more ways to relax a little.
Improving your inventory tracking. Inventory management services are a vital part of warehousing and today’s warehouses are high tech.
Most of these facilities no longer rely on manual counts, instead they use bar code scanning and detailed data analytics to ensure that you always have enough units that you won’t come up short. Back orders and excess stock are both costly, advanced inventory tracking is an incredible way to keep a lid on expenses.
Helping you stock up for the busy season. Even if you don’t need an extra warehouse all the time, you may want one to stash items for your big holiday sales season, or for any peak period of time. Unlike buying a warehouse, where you have a fixed amount of storage, with a warehousing partnership, you can use the space you need, whether that’s more or less than it was last month. The accordion-like habit of these facilities make them hugely popular for a wide range of companies.
It’s never too late to make positive changes for your company. Give your favorite 3PL warehousing company a call to learn more about warehousing your goods and free yourself up for the tasks that really require your personal touch.