Rapid Fulfillment is a partner of companies that wish to grow and expand their operations. By taking over your back end operations (receiving, wareousing, packaging, shipping, inventory management) you gain more time to spend growing your business. Spend that time making more sales calls, creating a new marketing plan, or researching a new product line.
I founded a fulfillment company in the NorthEast, Rapid Fulfillment, Inc. You are right about the services being very benefical to the e-commerce world. Starting this type of business is a long, expensive journey, but well worth it if you go about it the right way from the beginning. My advise to you is to check out an organization called MFSA (Mailing & Fulfillment Service Association), they offer conferences and local meetings that will be able get you started in the right direction. They have proven to be an invaluable partner in my business.
Here is a link to a thread I was asked to start a few months ago:
My company Rapid Fulfillment (www.rapidfulfillment.com) is a provider of the services you are requesting. If I can assist you in any way please feel free to contact me anytime.
A great business book that I have read and re-read over the years is the E-Myth, by M. Gerber. The golden rule from this book is, "Run your business, don`t let your business run you." If you can take the time to check it out I`m sure you gain invaluable insights on how to make this happen for you.
Are you currently in this business looking for marketing ideas or are you exploring getting into the industry? I have been in the retail shipping industry for about 7 years, let me know what information you are looking for.