Running an e-commerce business can be a real challenge. Not only do you have to keep your inventory organized, but you have to keep up with demand and ensure that your product is shipped quickly. This involves a lot of logistics. The following are just a few of the things you may want to do to ensure an effective supply chain:
Unless you manufacture your own product, develop suppliers by contacting trade organizations or by finding businesses that manufacture products you want to offer. You should also evaluate local retailers as a potential source. Unfortunately, when it comes to sourcing directly from manufacturers, it can be a bit difficult as a smaller e-commerce business since most manufacturers will only want to sell large quantities. Those who don’t are risky partners since they may not be able to keep up with volume demands. Because of this, you might need to invest in large quantities and warehouse space.
Drop shipping is another option to consider. It involves ordering a product from a manufacturer and having it directly sent to the customer, thereby bypassing the need to store it in your inventory. Drop shipping can lower wholesale prices, eliminate the need for keeping stock and reduce the time you need to devote to inventory and delivery. The risk, however, is that drop shippers can raise prices on you, use unreliable shipping companies that hurt your reputation as a result, or require membership fees.
You know us as a moving company, but did you know Dircks Logistics can help your business? We provide a united warehousing and distribution approach that will ensure that your supply chain functions effectively in order to provide fast response times for your customers. Find out about our customized approach to e-commerce logistics – including distribution, fulfillment, transportation and warehousing – by contacting us at Dircks Logistics today.