The lifeblood of the Canadian and U.S. economy, arguably now more than ever, is the ability for small and mid-sized businesses to ramp up growth quickly without huge capital investment. How do businesses requiring a loan for such things as warehouse space and warehousing staff get funded? Have you visited your bank lately to finance a "big idea"? I thought so. It really does seem like the chicken and egg game and often one business owners cannot win.
The concept of product kitting is becoming increasingly popular as more and more businesses try to reduce their packaging costs and other related expenses. In some cases, the products require a number of items to be sold in conjunction with one another. Packs and kits thus come into play but, as you may realize, this also entails a lot of time to combine or assemble them together, as well as the need for warehousing.
Order fulfillment, or delivery of goods, is a part of commerce operation once an order is received. Fulfillment refers to those providing the storing of customers' materials until they request delivery to themselves or to a third party. Vendors also provide fulfillment services of requests received form a customer by mail, phone, fax or any other electronic means, better known as "pick and pack."
Order fulfillment is usually made by contacting the US Postal Service or delivery/logistics firm referrals, although word of mouth from colleagues and partners is generally the best way to find a company in your area, which will work for you. The Mailing and Fulfillment Service Association (MFSA) is another good source to find fulfillment companies and their references.
Some companies specialize only in literature fulfillment services. Others may offer a range of corporate business solutions, such as catalog and literature fulfillment, magazine premiums, kit assembly, hand fulfillment, inventory and warehouse space, along with a broad line of shipping services, in addition to order fulfillment, processing your orders, payments and pick and pack your products.