Ecommerce Fulfillment & Warehousing in 2021/22

A fulfillment center exists to get online orders to customers in a timely fashion and relieve ecommerce companies of managing this crucial-yet-challenging process. Fulfillment center operations consist of the work that helps get online orders to your doorstep — also referred to as the order fulfillment process. An ecommerce business’s inventory is stored strategically in a 3PL’s fulfillment center in preparation for fulfilling customer orders. After a shopper completes a purchase on an ecommerce store, inventory is picked and boxes are packed, then labeled for shipment.

Online shopping can be done from anywhere, at any time! You do not need to worry about what time the shop closes because you are able to place an online order at a time that is convenient for you. That is why we are seeing an increase in demand to provide ecommerce fulfillment and warehouse services from companies around the globe that shows continued growth into 2022 and beyond.

What are the differences between warehousing and fulfillment centers?

Long-term vs. short-term storage

Warehousing companies simply store products to be used at a later date, while fulfillment centers house products briefly, pick and pack orders, and make sure they get into the hands of your customers in a timely matter.

Operations

Unlike warehouses that are more static or inactive, a fulfillment center has continuous movement and is a much more complex operation. A 3PL provides a variety of order fulfillment services in a fulfillment center, including:

  • Receiving inventory
  • Generating pick lists and picking products
  • Kitting and assembling items
  • Packing boxes
  • Labeling shipments
  • Shipping orders
  • Managing returns

Frequency of pickups by shipping carriers

This transparent, process-driven approach allows us to become an integrated part of any organisation; a seamless extension that allows you to lower your costs, increase supply chain visibility, focus on your core activities and ultimately, find peace of mind. Find out more about our supply-chain management here.

Ecommerce FULFILLMENT WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT Technology

Horizon’s eCommerce Fulfilment services are supported by 3PL Central.

3PL Central is the premier provider of Warehouse Management Software and eCommerce inventory management software.

All our fulfilment warehouses throughout Europe, Asia and the US operate this system, which feeds directly into hiCloud Store – enabling clients to have a live online view of their inventory and online order status.

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