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Solving the problem of distribution is one of the most important tasks for a gift business owner. No matter how great or unique your gifts are if you don’t have an efficient way to get them all over the country, or all over the world, you won’t ever achieve the kind of success that you want.
The logistics of distribution are challenging for many small business owners because distribution usually means purchasing a warehouse, or leasing warehouse space, and working with various shipping companies and transport companies to get products where they need to do which can be very expensive for a small business.
One of the best distribution solutions for a small gift business is an order fulfillment company. A fulfillment center will drop ship your products to customers after taking the order for the product and packing the item. Since many fulfillment warehouses are located at central points of the United States items can be shipped quickly anywhere in the country. Overseas items can also be quickly shipped to major ports to be sent to other countries.
When you hire a fulfillment service to handle the logistics management of your business you will free up both your time and money, which are very important resources to the growth of your business. Instead of wasting time and money trying to develop your own process for handling orders it’s faster and cheaper to outsource that work to a fulfillment center. As an added benefit your customers will get reliable service, items that are shipped quickly, and lower costs which will make them much more likely both to recommend your gifts and to buy from your company again.
Gift business owners can end up paying a lot more for shipping and shipping materials than other types of business owners depending on the dimensions of the gifts that are sold and the type of gifts that are sold, so the discounts on packaging materials that you can get by using a large fulfillment center that has negotiated discounts on packaging materials and shipping costs can add up pretty quickly and add to your profit margin. The expertise of the staff members hired by the fulfillment center who are trained to properly pack and ship any type of item also means less wasted time and less wasted packaging which will also save you money. Let the logistics management experts handle the order processing for your gift business and your distribution problems will be solved.