Do You Need Fulfillment Services?

People ask about fulfillment services all the time. There are a lot of very expensive warehouses here in the LA area that make a lot of money warehousing and shipping other people’s products. I know because we have visited some of those warehouses. The cost of getting into one of those warehouses is expensive. The initial fee just to start placing product in the warehouse is usually around $3000 to $5000. It is a great option for those who will be shipping thousands of different products to thousands of different customers. Amazon has warehouses that does that. In fact Amazon actually outsources some of their work to other warehouses. We went to one warehouse and there must have been 10,000 trash cans. They were all headed to different Amazon warehouse from where they would ship to the customer. I don’t know who the owner of those trash cans was, but I could see that storing all of those trash cans in a retail store front waiting to ship them to customers would have been overwhelming. This is a very efficient way to sell a lot of products. But what if you are just getting started? What if you don’t have a 1,000 different products shipping to 1,000 different customers? This is where we have helped some customers. One customer came into the store. They were starting a product line of cake mixes and such. Honestly I have tried the product and I am still not sure what their niche is. Anyway they were a startup and they needed a way to quickly and simply ship their products to people who would write about them. The solution we came up with was a simple fulfillment solution. They brought in about 100 boxes of different varieties of product. We kept them here on site. They would simply send us an email and we would send out the product. Since we were not sending to their customers but rather to newspapers and publicity outfits we did not need to create packing lists and invoices. It was a simplified fulfilment. We did not charge them a initial fee, nor a warehousing fee. We only charged them for shipping. It was a very smooth and easy process for them and for us. We have the capabilities for much more complicated fulfillment, but we were able to tailor this solution to the customer’s needs. This is what we do.