The T-shirt business, like any other eCommerce venture, needs an efficient system to track inventory, monitor production stages, and fulfill orders in an accurate yet timely manner. SKULabs, an all-in-one inventory management and order fulfillment solution, has emerged as an invaluable tool for companies that sell T-shirts via eCommerce by using virtual warehouses to represent different stages of production. No matter what method you use to manufacture, whether it’s plastisol, ink / laser jet, or dye sublimation, there’s no need for costly manufacturing software that can be an overkill both on the wallet and functionality.
A virtual warehouse can be used as a digital representation of the different stages of production in an inventory management system. These stages may include intake and housing of raw materials, printing and production of the shirt, items sent for quality control, and ultimately advertised inventory to your sales channels. The primary advantage of using virtual warehouses is the ability to track inventory levels and the flow of goods across different stages without the need for spreadsheets or other costly softwares. With the proper setup, virtual warehouses can streamline operations, improve visibility, and boost overall efficiency.
Organizing Raw Materials
The journey of a printed T-shirt begins with your raw materials. This can include items such as blank T-shirts, dyes and prints, or actual raw materials such at cotton and threads depending on the level of manufacturing you choose to undertake. By utilizing SKULabs’ virtual warehouse workflow, eCommerce businesses can have a clear and organized view of their raw material inventory. This helps companies to maintain visibility on their production items, know how much they have in stock, where each one of them is in the production line, and even get automated reports when raw materials are running low in stock. This helps you maintain optimal stock levels, reduce waste, and prevent mismatches in quantities needed to create final products.
Tracking the Printing Process
The printing phase is where creativity comes to life as designs, logos, and other graphics are transferred onto the fabric. This process can occur in various locales – within your city, across your state, or even within distinct sections of your warehouse. Regardless of the location, SKULabs empowers eCommerce businesses to monitor the progress of the printing stage with ease. With this tool, companies can keep tabs on the quantity of printed T-shirts, the availability of different colors and sizes, and even gain real-time insights into items at various stages of production. As a result, businesses gain a transparent view of their production timeline, enabling them to better prioritize orders and optimally allocate resources.
Monitoring Quality Control
After the printing stage, T-shirts undergo quality control to ensure that they meet the required standards. With SKULabs’ virtual warehouse feature, eCommerce businesses can track the number of items currently in the quality control stage and ensure that only high-quality products reach the customers. This not only helps in maintaining a positive brand image but also reduces returns and exchanges due to quality issues.
Managing Advertised Inventory
Once the T-shirts pass quality control, they are ready for sale. SKULabs, with an ever evolving product, allows eCommerce businesses to manage their finished products across multiple sales channels with granular control of advertised stock through highly customizable stock rules. By using virtual warehouses in combination with sales channel connected warehouses, businesses can have a unified view of their production cycle as well as their available and advertised stock to avoid overselling or underselling. This helps in meeting customer expectations, reducing cancellations or costly returns, and improving overall customer satisfaction.
Seamless Order Fulfillment
SKULabs delivers a seamless order fulfillment process that can transform the operational landscape for your T-shirt printing business. By navigating its user-friendly interface, companies can easily track the entire order journey from initiation to delivery, ensuring a smooth and efficient workflow. SKULabs’ powerful system automatically updates inventory counts, mitigating the risk of errors and inventory discrepancies. This leads not only to swifter order processing but also to reduced costs related to inventory management and handling. Embracing SKULabs’ highly customizable platform allows eCommerce businesses to heighten customer satisfaction, increase operational efficiency, and ultimately propel sales growth.
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