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Fulfillment Services: How to choose the right fulfillment service provider

As an omni-channel solutions partner for various global companies, the team at a52 Fulfillment understands how important it is to choose the right fulfillment service provider to meet your business’s needs. When choosing a fulfillment service provider, there are many things to consider beyond the basic receiving, packaging and shipping of goods. Before deciding on a fulfilment service partner, determine how each of the following areas aligns with your company’s fulfillment requirements.

Experience

If a fulfillment service provider has decades of experience, that is likely a good thing because it means that the company is trusted. In the world of fulfillment and omni-channel marketing, operations and technologies are continuously evolving. A successful fulfillment company is one that is able to remain agile, adapt to new technologies and properly integrate them into its service portfolio. At a52 Fulfilment, we have over 20 years of industry experience and are trusted by some of the world’s top brands including Hurley, Patagonia and SAXX Underwear.

Location

It is important to choose a fulfillment service provider that is not only located within close proximity to your business, but is located near major transportation areas such as airports and shipping ports. By choosing a fulfillment service provider that is located near major airports and shipping ports, shipping and receiving will be expedited.

Services

Choosing a fulfillment service provider that offers basic shipping, receiving and packaging services can sometimes fulfill your businesses needs; however, it is important to consider what types of additional services are offered in case your company grows. At a52 Fulfillment, we offer a full range of omni-channel solutions extending far beyond the basic shipping, receiving and packaging. Our team provides technology integration, freight management, reverse logistics, inventory control and branded packaging solutions.

Pricing

Price is an important factor to consider when choosing the right fulfillment provider. When comparing prices, do not solely consider the incurred cost of partnering with a fulfillment company. To fully comprehend how a fulfilment provider will impact your company’s bottom line, consider how it will help you save money in the long run. A successful fulfillment provider can help businesses save money through accurate processing, integrated technologies, and quick and efficient turnaround.

Technology

Technology integration is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing the proper fulfillment service provider. Choose a company that provides custom integration, monthly reporting and real-time tracking. At a52 Fulfillment, we have our own in-house development team that is capable of tying your various systems such as ERP, EDI and web store into our workplace management systems. We offer various types of reporting services, real-time work-in-process updates and tech support.



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