5 reasons to use a fulfilment centre
Posted 24th September, 2021
Whether you are looking to streamline your existing shipping operations, expand your business, free up production space or simply seeking more flexibility, there are numerous reasons to consider using a fulfilment centre. Read on to discover more about how you can use fulfilment services to grow your business.
What is a fulfilment centre?
Traditionally, businesses have relied on their own warehousing to store goods until they are shipped. This usually involves the goods being picked, packed and prepared, then collected by the courier and transferred their warehouses, before making their onward journey. With a fulfilment centre, inventory is stored in the operator’s warehouse facilities and shipped directly when an order is received. As well as improving supply-chain efficiency, using a fulfilment centre can offer many other benefits for your business.
1. Streamline shipping operations
With traditional shipping, every time you receive an order, the inventory must be prepared and packed on your business premises. The consignment will then have to remain on your premises until collection by the courier. As your business grows, this can become impractical and inefficient and less cost-effective as a result. Switching to a fulfilment centre allows you to have inventory stored in the courier’s facilities ready for orders to be processed and shipped on your behalf. It is a quick and efficient system that can help you to transform your business.
2. Free up space
Is your business growing? Are you running out of space? For many businesses, this is a serious problem, especially if having to accommodate both raw materials and completed inventory. As your business becomes bigger, storing inventory on site can become problematic and even begin to hinder operations. A fulfilment centre lets you free up space by moving inventory off site so that you can focus on production. Because of the added efficiency, many businesses find that using a fulfilment centre allows them to increase production and therefore become more profitable.
3. Safe and secure
Maintaining safe and secure storage for ready-to-ship inventory can be expensive. A fulfilment centre takes care of safety and security, so that you know your goods are always safe from harm. This gives you more peace of mind, allowing you concentrate on the more important parts of your business – including the bits you enjoy.
4. Focus on what matters most
Processing, packing and shipping orders can be time consuming and can distract you from the core activities that matter most – like growing your business and managing your team. By partnering up with a fulfilment centre, you can let others take care of the shipping process, so that you can focus on being more productive.
5. A flexible storage solution
Our fulfilment centre has been designed to offer a flexible and dynamic solution for your inventory, no matter how specialist it is. From high-end furniture to children’s wear to alcohol, we are happy to accomodate your needs and come up with a bespoke solution.
To learn more about our Mid Wales fulfilment centre, get in touch with Station Couriers today on 01686 238007.