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Thinking of adding fulfillment services to my business

    • 2 posts
    June 29, 2009 11:13 AM EDT
    I have a small online business and ship every day.  Its craft supplies, sculpting supplies and such but since I am going to the post office every day, I have been thinking about adding fulfillment services so that other small businesses, especially those just starting, don`t have to jump in their car every day to get to the post office too.  I am thinking small items, to be truthful, something like cds, dvds, books, vitamin supplements, things like that - even pet supplies. 

    Unlike many fulfillment companies, who just toss your items into a huge box with 4 air bags, I inspect each item to see what is the best packaging method.  Even the post office has suggested that I give shipping/packing instructions! 

    So I guess, I am wondering if you all think the idea is possible?  Again, it would be located in my house till it grew to needing a warehouse. so only small items would be handled at first.  It would suppliment my business and give others the chance to have their items packaged and shipped every day.  Any and all advice, opinions are appreciated.

    Karen
    The Clay Alley
    www.clayalley.com

    • 2 posts
    June 30, 2009 9:47 AM EDT
    Thank you Molly for your advice.  And I thank you for at least writing something back to me.  Out of 27 views, you were the only one to write something!  Okay, so how do I get in touch with the small companies who would be interested in me doing their fulfillment.? 

    Karen

    • 1 posts
    April 19, 2013 6:07 AM EDT

    Fulfillment services are definitely a great way to grow your business.  If you've outgrown your basement or garage but can't make the investment in your own warehouse, there are some great resources out there.  Check out Sears Commerce Services' Fulfilled by Sears.  They offer competitive pricing and no long term storage fees.

    • 376 posts
    July 2, 2009 3:55 PM EDT
    Hello Karen!
    It is absolutely possible.  As a matter of fact, my friend (and the company I currently use to do my order fulfillment) started out the exact same way (in her home).  There is certainly a need with us small businesses who have outgrown our own kitchen tables, but don`t yet meet the criteria for and can`t afford the big dog`s services (like UPS supply chain solutions).  Yes the need is there.  I know my friend got much of her business from forums like this and going where inventors and small business owners hang out. I got to know and trust her on a forum and she`s been my 1 and only fulfillment service ever since.  VERY best of luck!

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    Leslie
    Founder and President
    Charmed Life Products LLC
    Grill Charms™… The MUST HAVE grilling accessory that is revolutionizing the American Cook-out AND The perfect gift for any occasion!
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