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					Why it Makes Sense to Use
 a Fulfillment Company


               Keith Milburn
                 President
      Innovative Fulfillment Solutions
Why it Makes Sense to Use a
Fulfillment Company


While economic indicators continue to be
cautiously optimistic, many business
owners are looking for ways to reduce
expenses and work more efficiently.




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Why it Makes Sense to Use a
Fulfillment Company


However, in a customer service-oriented
business environment, doing everything
yourself may not necessarily save you
time or money.




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Why it Makes Sense to Use a
Fulfillment Company


When your business model includes
processes that require special equipment
and expertise, you are better off relying
on the experts to keep all facets of your
operation running smoothly.



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Why it Makes Sense to Use a
Fulfillment Company



Take, for example, Product Fulfillment.




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Why it Makes Sense to Use a
Fulfillment Company

An experienced fulfillment provider
can focus on the details involved in:
  • Processing orders on a daily basis;
  • Getting orders to your customers quickly
    and efficiently; and
  • Allowing you to focus on managing and
    growing your business.


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Why it Makes Sense to Use a
Fulfillment Company


While you may think it is more
economical to handle your own fulfillment
activities, consider putting your assets
where they will do the most good for your
company.



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Housing Your Product


Leasing space is a long-term commitment;
don’t tie up capital for warehouse space
that you need for marketing and/or
manufacturing your product.




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Housing Your Product
As your business grows, the amount of
warehouse space you need will increase.
However, committing to a multi-year
lease now to fill your needs two to three
years down the road is an unreasonable
expense.



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Equipment

   As your business grows, so will the need to
    purchase equipment like fork lifts, racking,
    shipping software and supplies.
   Obtaining these items will continue to require
    capital which you could instead spend on
    inventory and other expenses that help you
    grow your business.



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Human Resources
   Continually hiring, training and staffing
    personnel to support your daily order volume
    is a time-consuming task.
   Adequately staffing for holidays, vacations
    and sick days will require back-up personnel
    who may or may not be available when you
    need them.



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Human Resources


   In many cases, part-time personnel will not
    consider your needs a priority unless you
    commit to employing them a certain number
    of hours and days each month.




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Human Resources
   To gain efficiencies in production, it is
    advisable to use personnel who are familiar
    with your processes and equipment.
   A professional fulfillment provider can
    provide qualified personnel year-round who
    are familiar with your products and
    procedures.



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Go with an Expert
   Do you know all you need to know about the
    following:
    • Shipping options
    • Shipping rates
    • Utilization of space
    • Software programs
    • Technology
    • PCI compliance

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Go with an Expert


   A qualified fulfillment company will pay
    foremost attention to all of these issues and
    have the ability to level the cost among
    several companies.




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Go with an Expert


   A professional fulfillment provider will:
    • Provide you with the opportunity to agree
      to and expect certain standards of service.
    • Adhere to those standards 365 days a
      year.




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Go with an Expert


   With a fulfillment agreement in place, you
    can advertise and assure your customers of
    the highest level of service and satisfaction.




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Why it Makes Sense to Use a
Fulfillment Company


   Innovative Fulfillment Solutions (IFS) was
    founded in 1998.

   The company is centrally-located in Kansas
    City, Missouri – the heart of the Midwest.




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Why it Makes Sense to Use a
Fulfillment Company
   For more information, about IFS visit
    www.ifssolutions.com.

   To learn more about how IFS can provide your
    company with the highest quality fulfillment
    services, contact Keith Milburn, at
    kmilburn@ifssolutions.com or 1-888-275-3000.



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Description: Small to Mid Sized Ecommerce companies are considering outsourcing their fulfillment. Review the advantages and disadvantages to using a fulfillment services company