Fulfilling ecommerce orders has never been a more demanding task. Not only are there more shoppers ordering online than ever, but buyers have come to expand faster and cheaper shipping over time. Orders must be shipped as soon after they were placed as humanly possible in order to satisfy your customers and keep them coming back for more.
The problem is that your day-to-day focus isn’t on getting your orders out the door — at least, it shouldn’t be. Fast-growing brands can’t afford to spend all of their available hours on shipping orders. You need to be working on growing your business, not just satisfying existing sales. So how can you automate the work that goes into daily order fulfillment?
The simple answer is to mimic what’s already being automated in your operation. Let’s take payment processing as an example: the whole pipeline of card verification, charging, address validation, and customer notification is (most likely) handled by your shopping cart or marketplace. This is an incredibly valuable innovation we’ve enjoyed over the last few years, and it’s made possible by a few simple tenants of automation: memorization, automation, and calculation. Let’s apply those same concepts to automating your order fulfillment decisions.
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Brace yourselves – peak season is coming. Or it’s not. We’re not sure what you sell on your e-commerce platform, and peak season is different for every industry. Electronics and gift retailers hit their numbers during the holidays while sporting goods vendors might get volume spikes in the spring or beginning of summer.
Whenever your peak season comes around, you’ll need to be ready for it. That means planning ahead, isolating weak points, and ensuring your warehouse workflow is running smoothly and scales to meet demand. But what does all that mean for your business? Let’s dig in.
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The only people who prefer to spend their day doing accounting are accountants. Even that assumption may be too optimistic. Nonetheless, almost every ecommerce business needs accounting software to manage their business finances. They need tools to help compile sales and tax reports and to balance billing and payments.
In the last few years, QuickBooks Online has risen to the top in that department. Small businesses that need powerful accounting software without the added complexity choose QuickBooks. It offers in-depth reporting for inventory, sales and revenue, taxes, and more. But how do you connect your sales channels to QuickBooks Online? And what are the benefits of connecting the two components of your business?
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Mark your calendars, sellers: Prime Day is just around the corner. With over 100 million paying members globally, Amazon Prime is a surefire sales accelerator. But not every merchant finds Amazon’s fulfillment service ideal, either due to the extra cost or the nature of their products. Fortunately, Amazon has a relatively new alternative for reaching Prime members without sending inventory to Amazon’s fulfillment centers: Seller Fulfilled Prime.
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For most ecommerce retailers, one of the first steps to a successful launch is choosing the right shopping cart platform to host your store. If you’ve started this search already, you’ve likely seen a lot of options out there that may work for you. The myriad of carts out there will generally advertise the same concepts: responsive themes, fast performance, search engine optimization, etc.
Ecommerce has grown very rapidly since it was introduced in the late 90s. Year after year, online retail grows in market share and more sellers want a piece of the action. Due to the ever-increasing demand of aspiring ecommerce merchants, there are more shopping carts to choose from than ever. How can someone new to the industry know which platform is right for their needs?
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