The Importance of Transparency in Fulfillment Services

The Importance of Transparency in Fulfillment Services

The Importance of Transparency in Fulfillment Services

At a52 Fulfillment, we truly understand the importance of transparency in fulfillment services, and how creating a level of trust with our clients through transparency is the only way for them to see that they can depend on our services. Here are some of the reasons that transparency is such as important part of our fulfillment services .

1. Maintaining Strong and Communitive Client Relationships

Business owners know that fulfilling customer orders is as important as acquiring the customer in the first place. Being able to ensure that your customers’ packages are delivered on time or that they have access to more personalized products is only the tip of the iceberg. One of the best ways to establish strong customer relationships is through having proper communication channels built into your fulfillment services. This requires two-way communication between your fulfillment provider and your sales and marketing department in order to ensure that any issues with products are corrected long before customers receive them.

At a52 Fulfillment, we always strive to build strong communication systems with our clients in order to ensure that our fulfillment services are able to meet every aspect of your customer’s needs. We can even provide you with real-time updates on inventory levels, inbound and outbound shipments, as well as receiving orders to be fulfilled using integration from your web-store to our warehouse management system, as soon as your customers have completed their online checkout.

2. Crafting Excellent Experience for Retailers & Consumers

Being able to craft excellent fulfillment experiences with your Retailers & Consumers is an essential part of running a successful business. Having complete transparency with your Retailers and Consumers when it comes to certain things, such as pricing: your Retailers & Consumers should always know the correct price up front without any worry of sudden price increases. At a52 Fulfillment, we know that some retailers have strict policies when it comes to transparency. That is why we work hard to ensure that our clients are able to meet any compliance policies with flying colours, while also maintaining a proper level of transparency and trust.

3. Preventing Problems is Cheaper then Fixing Them

At a52 Fulfillment, we know that preventing problems is a lot cheaper than trying to fix them later on. That is why we always work hard to ensure that any problems that arise with a brand’s products during our inventory control examination is brought to the attention of our clients right away. Preventing problems before hand can also ensure that your customers are never receiving any products that do not live up to their standards.

If you would like to learn more about the importance of transparency in fulfillment services, or if you are interested in one of our services, please contact a52 Fulfillment 886-966-0252 or by filling out a contact form on our website.

Technology Integration in Fulfillment Services

Technology Integration in Fulfillment Services

Technology Integration in Fulfillment Services

At a52 Fulfillment, we understand how important technology integration in fulfillment services is to making your omni-channel fulfillment run smoothly. That is why we offer technology integration services in which your ERP, EDI, and webstore are tied to our WMS, giving you the smooth running fulfillment experience you have been looking for.

Online Order Fulfillment Software

Online order fulfillment software is a big part of being able to run your business as smoothly and efficiently as possible. This WMS Webportal is accessible to you 24/7, providing constant visibility over your order fulfillment operations. Our WMS system provides detailed, real-time reporting in order to give you an up-to-date overview of your orders, tracking information, carton weight, contents, overall weight, and more.

Some of the main benefits of order fulfillment software are:

Easy to Use

At a52 Fulfillment, we strive to keep our product fulfillment system simple and straightforward, so that you can have the information that you need as soon as you need it, and it is presented in a way that makes sense. Some of the things that you can do with order fulfillment system include:

  • Create new orders
  • View existing orders
  • Search and edit orders
  • View inventory
  • Forecast inventory
  • Receive low inventory alerts
  • Check returns
  • Manage shopping cart integrations
  • View invoices
  • Run detailed reports

Our WMS will also provide you with up-to-date reporting and alerts to keep your business running smoothly, such as what product is available to sell or when shipping has been affected in certain areas due to natural disasters.

Keep Your Customers in the Loop

Our order fulfillment technology works to keep your customers in the loop by automatically sending out tracking emails that can be customized by you. These customizable emails allow you to add your own personal touch, and can help you generate repeat business by ensuring the consumer has a great experience. They can also help save you time by including answers to common questions, such as how the customer can return items.

Fulfillment Services from a52 Fulfillment

Our in-house development team has completed countless integration projects, from the simple to the very complex. Our WMS and our development team are both flexible, which means that we are able to construct and tailor our services to whatever you need in order to run your business smoothly and efficiently.

Some of our technology integration services include:

  • Custom integration on any ERP, EDI, webstore, or accounting system
  • WMS portal access with real-time work in process dashboard
  • Inventory, order summary, ATS, and tailored reports
  • Monthly report cards on turnaround times, inventory accuracy, and more
  • Integration and WMS tech support

If you would like to learn more about technology integration in fulfillment services, or if you are interested in one of our services, please contact a52 Fulfillment at 886-966-0252 or by filling out a contact form on our website.

Inventory Control and Mangement

Inventory Control and Mangement

Inventory Control and Mangement

At a52 Fulfillment, we understand how proper inventory control and management plays a huge role in the overall success of your business and brand. That is why we offer inventory control and management services that are designed to work in conjunction with your production system.

What is Inventory Control?

Inventory control involves regulating and maximizing your company’s use of inventory. The goal of inventory control is to generate the maximum profit from the least amount of inventory investment without intruding upon customer satisfaction levels. Inventory control is one of the chief concerns of businesses that have large inventory investments because of the impact it has on customers and profits.

What is Inventory Management?

Inventory management is the process of efficiently overseeing the constant flow of units into and out of the existing inventory. This means controlling the transfer in of units to prevent inventory from becoming too high, or dwindling to levels that could put the operation of the company into jeopardy. Balancing the inventory unit levels, as well as the other various tasks of inventory management means paying attention the three key aspects of inventory:

  • Time – knowing how long it takes for a supplier to process an order and execute a delivery, as well as knowing how long it will take for those materials to transfer out of the inventory.
  • Buffer stock – keeping units of stock that are above and beyond the minimum number required to maintain production levels in case of an emergency.
  • Records – accurately maintaining figures on finished goods inventory makes it possible to quickly convey information as to what is available and ready for shipment at any given time.

Inventory Control and Management from a52

At a52 Fulfillment, we offer inventory control and management services that were designed to work in tandem with our clients’ inventory/production management system. Through our inventory control and management services, we are able to provide our clients with an immense level of visibility when it comes to where their stock is across the entire operation. This means that our clients will always know how much stock is left on the shelf, has been ordered and shipped, and has been returned. At a52 Fulfillment, our main goal is to ensure that our clients feel safe entrusting us to manage their inventory properly.

If you would like to learn more about inventory control and management, or if you are interested in one of our services, please contact a52 Fulfillment at 886-966-0252 or by filling out a contact form on our website.

How Inventory Management Impacts Omni-Fulfillment

How Inventory Management Impacts Omni-Fulfillment

How Inventory Management Impacts Omni-Fulfillment

Proper inventory management allows brands to fulfill orders on time and accurately. At a52 Fulfillment, we know that inventory management is not just a good practice for any company but it is also the thing that can really make or break a business. Here are some of the ways in which inventory management impacts omni-fulfillment, and the benefits it can offer to your business.

The Importance of Inventory Management

An effective inventory management system is the cornerstone of successful omni-fulfillment brands. With a strategic plan in place that optimizes the process of overseeing inventory, companies can achieve benefits such as:

1. Improves the accuracy of inventory orders – proper inventory management helps you keep track of how much inventory you need to have on-hand, which prevents product shortages and allows you to keep just the right amount of inventory in the warehouse.

2. A more organized warehouse – organization is key when it comes to properly managing your inventory. A good inventory management plan supports an organized warehouse that arranges products so that they are easily accessible.

3. Saves time and money – by keeping track of which products are on-hand or have been ordered, you can save time by not having to recount your inventory to ensure that your records are accurate. This can also help you save money that could otherwise be wasted on slow moving products.

4. Increases efficiency and productivity – inventory management devices, such as barcode scanners and inventory management software, can help improve efficiency and productivity by eliminating manual processes.

5. Keeps customers coming back – if you want your customers to come back for more of your products, you will need to be able to meet customer demand quickly. Inventory management helps you meet this demand by allowing you to have the right products on-hand as soon as your customer needs them.

Inventory Management Services From a52 Fulfillment

At a52 Fulfillment, we offer inventory management services that are specifically designed to work in tandem with our clients’ inventory/production management systems. All of our inventory management services provide our clients with complete transparency when it comes to knowing where their stock is across the entire operation. This means that you will never have to worry about how much stock is left on the shelf, what has been ordered or shipped, or what items have been returned. At a52, there is nothing more important than making sure our clients feel safe when it comes to entrusting us to properly manage their inventory.

If you would like to learn more about how inventory management impacts omni-fulfillment, or if you are interested in one of our services, please contact a52 Fulfillment at 886-966-0252 or by filling out a contact form on our website.

Value Added Services

Value Added Services

Nowadays brands are always striving to make sure that their retailers and consumers are happy; however, sometimes trying to make retailers and consumers happy means trying to fulfill a request that is outside the scope of their current production model. The team at a52 Fulfillment wants to help you tackle the projects that extend beyond standard fulfillment. That is why we offer a wide range of value added services that were specifically designed to help you complete requests with quality services that will live up to your retailers’ and consumers’ high standards.

The Benefits of Value Added Services

Value added services work to complement the fundamental services that contribute to the overall success of your brand. At a52 Fulfillment, we work hard to ensure that all of our clients are confident that they can serve their retailers and consumers without having to worry about the extra requests that may be labour intensive and time consuming. All of our value added services were created to help a brand’s main objective of satisfying the end consumers. Some of the value added services that we offer include:

· Vendor compliance – we can advise on how to meet any vendor compliance standards perfectly. No matter what standards are set, we will work hard to ensure that all compliance terms are met and that you never have to face any penalties.

· Custom packaging – It does not matter what shape, colour, or texture packaging you have in mind, we can help you design custom packaging that not only looks as great as you envisioned it but also works to ensure that your packaged products will remain damage free.

· Retailer Piece labeling – making sure that each piece of your product is accurately labeled with the retailer’s information can be a time consuming process, so let us take care of it for you. With our piece labeling services, you will never have to worry about labeling your products again.

· Hang tagging – taking the time to attach tags to garments or other pieces of merchandise can be labour intensive. Our hang-tagging services will take care of this process for you, while also ensuring that each tag displays the appropriate information.

· Quality control inspections – our quality control inspections are specifically designed to ensure that no faulty products are shipped out to retailers or consumers.

· Kitting – by building advance kits of components to go along with products, we can help you increase the rate of speed to shelf, while also making your consumers and retailers happier.

· Pre-packing – with the help of our pre-packing services, your products will be ready for shipping as soon as they reach the retailer’s DC.

· Carton labeling – our carton labeling services make the receiving of the product at the retailer level a breeze. In turn, your product can hit the retail floor as fast as possible.

If you would like to learn more about our value added services, or if you are interested in one of our other services, please contact a52 Fulfillment at 886-966-0252 or by filling out a contact form on our website.

Vendor Compliance Programs for Supply Chain Management

Vendor Compliance Programs for Supply Chain Management

Vendor management is a vital part of cost control and efficiency in supply chains that are getting longer and faster than ever. At a52 Fulfillment, we understand vendor compliance programs for supply chain management and how important it is to adhere to those program requirements. Not only will properly complying with a vendor’s requirements create a more professional appearance for your business but it can also help you build a stronger reputation for your brand.

Vendor Compliance Programs

Vendor compliance programs and the requirements that they outline in your contract are specifically designed to protect the vendor in the event that something goes wrong. A fully developed vendor compliance program will cover a whole range of scenarios and the penalties that your company will face if you do not meet those requirements. Some of the problems that may cause your company to face penalties include:

  • Late delivery
  • Price increase
  • Dissatisfactory products
  • Wrong products delivered
  • Improper purchase order (PO) numbers
  • Product substitution without approval
  • Incorrect labels
  • Improperly packaged merchandise

Adhering to Vendor Compliance Requirements

At a52 Fulfillment, we understand how challenging it can be to properly adhere to a fully developed vendor compliance program, and how the penalties from not adhering to this program can eat into your overall sales. Some of the most common vendor compliance requirements include special labelling on items, prepacking by store location for easy storing at the retailer, applying special carton labels, submitting ASNs (automated shipment notifications), obtaining approval to ship, and booking delivery appointments.

While meeting these requirements may seem like a daunting task, the good news is that you do not have to meet these requirements on your own. Partnering with a logistics company, such as a52 Fulfillment, can go a long way in helping you meet these vendor compliance program requirements properly and efficiently, including the two most important areas of any vendor compliance program: billing and performance.

· Billing compliance – ensures that you are able to invoice a retailer based on contract terms and within a reasonable timeframe. A fully developed vendor compliance program will have a billing accuracy outline and will state the number of days from order to invoice.

· Performance compliance – ensures that all services are executed to a specific standard as outlined in your contract. This requirement is important in optimizing the overall efficiency of a retail store because it ensures that all vendors are living up to their standards.

At a52 Fulfillment, we offer a wide variety of services that can help you meet even the trickiest requirements, including inventory control and freight management . If you would like to learn more about vendor compliance for supply chain management, or you are interested in one of our services, please contact a52 Fulfillment at 886-966-0252 or by filling out a contact form on our website.