Find Out the Secret That’s Setting Small Businesses on the Road to Success
Depending on who’s words you take as gospel, there are roughly 761 keys to a successful business available to view across different media. But rather than sharing a business tool you’ve never heard of or announcing an entirely different way of merchandising your shop, we’re going to look at a different aspect of running a shop. One that retailers focus less on, which usually leads to unforeseen circumstances. And it’s all to do with order fulfilment.
This new way of doing things means your business can reclaim valuable time, use team members for more crucial aspects and refocus your energy on the things that really drive your business on and breed growth.
But if this a new way of doing order fulfilment, what were the issues with the previous way of doing it?
Taking Care of Yourself
Lots of small brands handled order fulfilment themselves and it’s usually a very sensible path to take when you are a brand-new business. But as more and more orders come in and your brand expands, you need to scale with it. You need to give the impression that you can handle the increased order load. How sustainable is using branded tape for every single order when you’re personally packing 50+ every single week.
Packing orders means you first have to bulk-buy packaging for when those orders start to come in, but you will also need to find somewhere to store it. When you receive an order, you’ll have to do the packing, shop around for the best deal, run to the post office or liaise with your chosen courier and then of course track the delivery until it arrives safely.
We’ve found that many businesses can waste up to 4 hours every single workday by fulfilling orders themselves and that in many cases, it can eat into their evenings and weekends. This realisation often leads brands to seek out order fulfilment, but there are issues there too…
The Old Guard
While there is nothing inherently wrong with traditional order fulfilment, it is by its essence fairly rigid and unmalleable. If you are a business of a certain size, it can work wonders for you. But if you are not at that size, your brand can fall through the cracks and be forced to handle fulfilment all by yourself.
These 3rd-party logistics services require your shop to send half of your stock to their warehouse, usually based outside of London, where they will manage online orders on your behalf. While this is very helpful automation for many companies, it can be potentially crippling for boutique stores. Additionally, it makes managing your stock levels a much harder task to keep on top of. And if the quality of the packaging is another important concern for you then this is something which will fall short too.
Bespoke packaging just isn’t possible when orders are being automated on such a large scale, look at an Amazon parcel for example. Yes, it’s incredibly efficient and something to aspire to in terms of functionality. But we’ve all had that one parcel where a box is twice the size of your actual product. Not only is this bad for the environment, but it leaves an impression with your customers that you aren’t particularly conscious of that either.
So, if you can’t use a traditional 3PL, you usually end up fulfilling orders yourselves.
But thankfully, partnering with a new type of order fulfilment (that eponymous ‘secret’) has enabled them to reclaim that lost time.
So, How About Everyone in Between 3PLs and DIY Packing?
Weengs is the London-based logistics start-up behind this order fulfilment revolution providing up-and-coming shops a previously shut-off entry point into order fulfilment. Weengs’ unique collect, pack & ship method means online orders can fit seamlessly into your everyday routine.
Using Weengs is as simple as logging your orders into the app and from there, Weengs will do the rest. A driver will come into your shop during your chosen 2-hour time slot, pick up each item and transport it to a London-based warehouse, professionally pack each item, and find the best carrier for the job depending on your requirements. Using their intelligent algorithm, they’ll find the best deal for your products and send each item via tracked services.
Using Weengs, you’ll not only be able to say goodbye to packing, but you’ll have buckets of time to focus on growing your business, customer base, and of course, your sales.
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Partnering with Weengs Means
- Convenient daily collections from your shop
- Professionally packed products
- Tracked deliveries on each order
- No more packaging yourself
- More time to focus on your shop
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