Thursday, 27 February 2014

How Your e-Commerce Business Can Benefit from Fulfilment Services

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One of the many benefits of having an e-commerce business is that you don’t have to pay hefty rates for high street premises in order to attract a maximum of customers into your shop to buy your product.

Nowadays, you don’t even need your own website to operate a successful e-commerce business, as you are able to sell through other websites such as eBay or Amazon Marketplace. However, one problem companies face is that they need somewhere to stock their product ready for processing once an order has been placed. Our fulfilment services can take this problem off your hands by storing your stock, picking it for orders and getting it ready and sent out for distribution.

To carry out order fulfillment in-house would be costly, as you would need to rent a warehouse, plus the equipment, systems and staff required to execute a smooth service. As online trading operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you need a company that’s going to handle all your e-commerce fulfilment needs efficiently.

Your stock will be stored in our fully insured dedicated warehousing, which is based on a secure complex with 24-hour on-site security and CCTV, so you don’t have to worry about it being off your premises. We are able to carry out all of your processing requirements, including same day shipping. We also boast 100% picking and packing accuracy, so you know that when you choose us for your order fulfilment needs you can rest assured that a great job will be done every time.

Updated 28/02/2014

About Andy Hobkirk

Andy Hobkirk is the Group Technical Director of SKU Group. We are a privately owned company, specialising in outsourced, outbound fulfilment and reverse logistics. Our primary focus is to delivery an efficient service, whilst maintaining flexibility and delivery excellent customer service. Our unique selling point is the delivery of these services, through the use of our order processing, warehouse management, carrier management and real time reporting technologies.

How to Make Sure Orders Are Accurate

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You might often feel overwhelmed by just how much you have to do when it comes to processing, packing and shipping orders. The sheer amount of work involved in this side of your business can easily prevent you from doing what is necessary to expand your business to gain new orders. Using fulfilment companies such as ours can help relieve this pressure from you.

It is extremely important for you to make sure your order fulfilment is done accurately, because a failure to do so will cost your business money and potentially lose you customers. When order picking and processing is done in-house, there is the potential for it to go wrong, particularly with smaller businesses, as employees very often have other aspects of the business on their minds and it is then easier to make mistakes. When you outsource your fulfilment requirements to us, you can then count it as one less thing to worry about. We have 100% picking and packing accuracy thanks to our world class order processing system. We know how important it is for you to keep your customers happy, and that doing so means that things are done correctly and promptly, which is why we provide an error-free service.

So, if you’ve found that you’re becoming overrun with orders and you’re struggling to manage the hefty workload, our service can help get you back on target. Everything will get processed and shipped on time and your customers will receive the service they deserve to keep them coming back for more.

Updated 28/02/2014

About Andy Hobkirk

Andy Hobkirk is the Group Technical Director of SKU Group. We are a privately owned company, specialising in outsourced, outbound fulfilment and reverse logistics. Our primary focus is to delivery an efficient service, whilst maintaining flexibility and delivery excellent customer service. Our unique selling point is the delivery of these services, through the use of our order processing, warehouse management, carrier management and real time reporting technologies.

Monday, 20 January 2014

How The Growth Of Outsourced Fulfilment Services Can Help Promote Business - SKU Group

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Today's marketplace demands more, thanks to the rise of internet commerce customers expect faster deliveries without compromising quality or pushing expenses. All of these factors have an effect on businesses who ultimately have to find innovative solutions to these demands. However, while customer expectations have increased, so have the number of fulfilment services.

What Does These Services Do?

With word of mouth and reputation being the cornerstone of a successful business it is crucial that each delivery is perfect. Order fulfilment is therefore a priority for both large and small organisations and outsourcing these orders to a more experienced team is a benefit to any company as they will have the know-how required to provide the best results.

As well as experience, an external company will also have the tools and equipment necessary to facilitate growth in a controllable way. For example, a business may find itself running short of popular products and realise that external storage and management needs to be enforced. An outsourcing company can set up monitoring and ordering systems to take care of these issues and ensure that products are in constant supply. They can also provide safe storage for goods in a warehouse with 24 hour security.
 
How Does It Work Around An Existing Business?

Each outsourcing task is specially modified to suit the demands of a particular business, this will make the most of a company's finances by ensuring that money is not spent where it is not needed. An organisation can therefore benefit from order tracking, returns handling and a real time visibility of inventory amongst other services, should they be required.

By utilising the skills and resources mentioned above, it may be difficult to see how order fulfilment operations work out as cost effective. Each step of the retail operation is assessed from supply to sale to ensure that returns are sustainable and on budget. Use of the warehouse facilities is a flexible solution with short term, seasonal and long term arrangements available.

The traceability of stock also makes sure that orders can be monitored, which in turn will streamline any returns or queries that customers may have. For a more internet orientated enterprise it is reassuring to know that the computer software available is easy to use and is quickly integrated with other systems.

Why It Works

Growth in terms of supply and brand has been achieved successfully in a number of cases. Usually a small team is sent to assess each task in order to truly appreciate how the best changes can be made effectively. This gives a clear picture of the essence of a company and how it needs to progress. Once this information has been obtained changes can begin immediately.

In a world where speed is paramount for business, outsourcing orders or internet commerce can produce swift results. With outsourcing being such a major investment for an organisation it is an important factor of the procedure that everyone, from the owners through to the customers, is satisfied.

Updated 24/01/2014

About Andy Hobkirk

Andy Hobkirk is the Group Technical Director of SKU Group. We are a privately owned company, specialising in outsourced, outbound fulfilment and reverse logistics. Our primary focus is to delivery an efficient service, whilst maintaining flexibility and delivery excellent customer service. Our unique selling point is the delivery of these services, through the use of our order processing, warehouse management, carrier management and real time reporting technologies.

How fulfilment services can help your firm grow - SKU Group

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If you are trying to expand your company, you might be excited about the future. Growing your firm can bolster your profile, boost your profits and help you to enhance your sense of personal and collective achievement.

However, this process is not easy. Indeed, being in a state of transition as you try to take on extra business is arguably one of the hardest periods of firms' existences. You might need to cope with increased demand while relying on limited resources, and this is no mean feat.

For example, you may run low on warehouse space to keep your goods in and you could find that you simply do not have the staff and resources you need to engage in the administration of order fulfilment. Also, you might struggle when it comes to coordinating the transport of your goods to customers.

And simply ploughing money into larger premises, more workers, better transport solutions and so on may not be an option.

The good news is, there is another tactic that is far easier, cheaper and less risky and that is making use of scalable fulfilment services. Here at SKU we understand perfectly the needs of growing firms and can offer all the flexibility you require.

By taking advantage of our fulfilment assistance, you can rest assured you will be able to cope with the increases in demand you face and, if your sales fall at any point, you will not be left with unsustainable financial commitments.

When it comes to e-commerce fulfilment and so on, we could have the perfect solutions for you.

Updated 24/01/2014

About Andy Hobkirk

Andy Hobkirk is the Group Technical Director of SKU Group. We are a privately owned company, specialising in outsourced, outbound fulfilment and reverse logistics. Our primary focus is to delivery an efficient service, whilst maintaining flexibility and delivery excellent customer service. Our unique selling point is the delivery of these services, through the use of our order processing, warehouse management, carrier management and real time reporting technologies.

Getting the Balance Right - SKU Group

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Having your own business can bring you a lot of satisfaction and a great deal of profit, but it can also mean a lot of hard work. Sometimes it is just good business sense to outsource certain tasks to others in order to free yourself up to focus on gaining new business and overseeing the smooth running of operations. Managing the processing and distribution of orders is one of the most important areas of your company. If done incorrectly, you are unlikely to retain those customers for future orders. Using an order fulfilment service, however, will ensure that everything goes as it should and that your customers remain satisfied.

Fulfilment companies such as us here at SKU can help you in many ways. Not only will you save money on renting your own warehouse, equipment, systems and paying staff to run it all, but you will be able to concentrate your efforts on other areas of your business to help you drum up more custom. If you’re still a relatively small business, you’ll also no doubt be grateful of being able to hand over the storage of your stock to someone else. We take over all the fulfilment services of your business, including handling returns, distribution and order tracking so you can work on expanding your business to generate more orders. It is in our best interests to keep your customers happy, because the more business you get, the more business we will get too, so everyone’s a winner!

Updated 24/01/2014

About Andy Hobkirk

Andy Hobkirk is the Group Technical Director of SKU Group. We are a privately owned company, specialising in outsourced, outbound fulfilment and reverse logistics. Our primary focus is to delivery an efficient service, whilst maintaining flexibility and delivery excellent customer service. Our unique selling point is the delivery of these services, through the use of our order processing, warehouse management, carrier management and real time reporting technologies.

Forget warehouse security problems - SKU Group

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There are many potential sources of stress when you are in charge of a business and protecting your products from theft and vandalism may be one of them.

If you operate your own warehousing solution, you will no doubt have to invest considerable time and money in making sure it is secure.

Indeed, you might struggle to achieve the levels of protection you want. Getting the most hi-tech and sophisticated deterrents can be costly and you may simply not have sufficient resources to keep updating and improving your solutions.

Meanwhile, if your warehouse is targeted by criminals, you will have many problems to cope with. As well as having to deal with insurance and the other financial repercussions of the incidents, you also risk letting down your customers. You might have to delay or cancel their orders, causing them frustration and harming your organisation's reputation at the same time.

However, there is no need to struggle with this issue. By making the most of superb fulfilment services such as those provided by us here at SKU, you can kiss goodbye to such cares.

Our Swindon processing centre represents the ultimate in storage security. Because the storage, organising and despatching of products is the very essence of our business, we can invest heavily in our facilities and procedures. Therefore, our 80,000 square foot warehouse is fully alarmed and has 24-hour CCTV surveillance.

Meanwhile, as part of a larger complex, we also benefit from an extra group CCTV system along with full perimeter security fencing and barriers, meaning we are among the safest fulfilment companies around.

So, if you are sick and tired of worrying about your stock, why not take a look at our fulfilment solutions?

Updated 24/01/2014

About Andy Hobkirk

Andy Hobkirk is the Group Technical Director of SKU Group. We are a privately owned company, specialising in outsourced, outbound fulfilment and reverse logistics. Our primary focus is to delivery an efficient service, whilst maintaining flexibility and delivery excellent customer service. Our unique selling point is the delivery of these services, through the use of our order processing, warehouse management, carrier management and real time reporting technologies.

Expand your Business with Effective Fulfilment Services - SKU Group

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There are few things which can provide as much satisfaction and personal reward as making a go of your own commercial business. Indeed, becoming firmly established can be cause for great celebration as it shows that you had the guts to pursue a dream and the ability to pull it off. Furthermore, it also provides you with the perfect opportunity to stick two fingers up to all those people who doubted you and told you not to bother.

Still, as impressive as this feat is, it is far from the end of the story. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, it is in fact just the end of the beginning.

The next step in your plan will undoubtedly be to push on and expand your business by taking on extra work. However, this can often be one of the most testing periods that any business can experience. This is because you will need to meet an increase in demand whilst still using the same resources you had before.

For instance, you may well find that you simply do not have the manpower or equipment needed to adequately deal with your order fulfilment. In addition, you may also struggle to dispatch items in a timely manner to your customers.

Happily, the fulfilment services we provide here at SKU can help you to cope with any and all increases in demand which your business may face. So, don’t come undone when it’s time to expand – come to us for fulfilment instead.

Updated 24/01/2014

About Andy Hobkirk

Andy Hobkirk is the Group Technical Director of SKU Group. We are a privately owned company, specialising in outsourced, outbound fulfilment and reverse logistics. Our primary focus is to delivery an efficient service, whilst maintaining flexibility and delivery excellent customer service. Our unique selling point is the delivery of these services, through the use of our order processing, warehouse management, carrier management and real time reporting technologies.