There’s an old saying that probably got dusted off a few times in 2009: “everybody has to eat a ton of dirt before they die.” As the new year and new decade open up to us, most of us can safely say that 2009 won’t likely become a sentimental favorite as we reminisce in the years to come.
Still, the past is prologue, and with the coming of a new decade – the first true decade of the 21st Century, at that – comes new opportunities for the prosperity so many of us have awaited so long. For many of us, that prosperity will come from embracing the entrepreneurial spirit that has guided so many other Americans to wealth and security.
Perhaps the best way to follow that entrepreneurial drive lies in the potential and the possibility of online mail order retail. Selling products over the Internet, to a designated and well-researched clientele, offers the small businessman the chance to extend his reach worldwide, but without the costs associated with maintaining a brick and mortar storefront operation. Since their debut almost fifteen years ago, online stores have created hundreds of new millionaires and generated countless wealth for those smart and brave enough to embrace its potential.
Fulfillment Companies: The Wave of the Future?
Unlike the owners of those early online stores, today’s web entrepreneurs have a choice when determining their order fulfillment and logistics capabilities. A new generation of third party fulfillment providers has grown in recent years to offer a viable, value added alternative to logistics and fulfillment self-management.
Third party logistics providers allow their client companies the ability to grow their businesses without paying attention and resources towards managing successful logistics and mail order fulfillment necessities, assuming control of those very operations instead. Though many fulfillment companies vary in size, the larger companies are able to accommodate several small online mail order fulfillment companies at once, lending them both diversity and stability in their business operations.
Making The Change To A Fulfillment Service
Fulfillment providers enter into partnerships with their client ecommerce businesses on a contractual basis. As such, the terms of each agreement vary. Small business owners are encouraged to research several different companies, preferably to find a plan or agreement that will match their growth agenda while at the same time leaving room for flexibility of payment schedules. Most fulfillment service companies will provide partnership information on their website.