Specialized Order Fulfillment: 3 Examples

Order fulfillment is not one-size-fits all. Fulfillment needs can vary greatly depending on a merchant’s business model. For example, a subscription box company may need to send millions of orders to hit a shared drop date, a direct seller may need a network of locations to reach its consultants quickly and cost effectively, while an omnichannel merchant is likely to want a variety of delivery and store pick-up options.

It can be helpful for merchants to understand their specialized needs in order to ensure that their fulfillment operations are as effective as possible. Perry Belcastro, Saddle Creek’s vice president of fulfillment services, recently shared key considerations for several popular business models with MultiChannel Merchant.

Following are excerpts from the article…

Tailor Your Fulfillment Operations to Fit Your Business Model

Omnichannel Fulfillment Delivering omnichannel fulfillment from all sales channels with speed, accuracy and cost effectiveness is “extremely important” to 63% of retailers, according to a 2017 Targeted Research study by Retail Info Systems. To achieve that trifecta, omnichannel retailers and ecommerce merchants should focus on three key areas: network optimization, visibility and customization…

Subscription Fulfillment. The subscription ecommerce market has grown by more than 100% a year for the last five years, a 2018 McKinsey & Company study reports. While subscription boxes are a hot trend, it is important to prepare for challenges like business growth, personalization and coordinated deliveries…

Direct-Selling Fulfillment. Delivering products to consultants efficiently and cost-effectively is a top priority for multi-level marketers. However, unpredictable sales patterns and the additional layer of sales consultants add complexity to fulfillment operations. Direct sellers need to accommodate variables such as inconsistent volume, technology and shipping costs…

To learn more about specific fulfillment considerations for each of these business models, read the full article.


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