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     Arianna updated 1 year, 10 months ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Arianna

    Member
    January 11, 2021 at 7:06 am

    Hi everyone,

    I’m currently looking into working with a fulfilment center to take care of inventory management + shipping. I wanted to hear about your experiences and what questions should I ask them to know if they’d be a good fit for my business.

    A couple of stats about my ecom:

    – We use Shopify
    – We sell between 500 – 950 units per month
    – Small products, nothing heavy
    – 27 SKUs (stock keeping units)
    – Average is 1-2 items per order

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    Thanks!

  • notpitching

    Guest
    January 11, 2021 at 7:07 am

    There are 4 costs

    1. Admin fees (monthly fee which may exist, inventory check in fees, return fees)
    2. Storage fees
    3. Order packing fees. Both a per order and an per item.
    4. Supplies fees

    Find out their costs for all of the above. Their sla for when items ship. What their packing slip looks like and what can you edit. What their packaging looks like.

    I do think 30 orders a day is probably on the low end of when it’s economically attractive to outsource. It’s going to cost you around $3-$4 in addition to shipping (which some places mark up and try to hide) per order

  • hillary3q

    Guest
    January 11, 2021 at 7:07 am

    I’d check out Cenports – they’re pretty new and very scrappy and have good reporting/inventory management. They’re based in the Bay Area.

  • yourneighbours

    Guest
    January 11, 2021 at 7:07 am

    Where are you currently located and where are you trying to ship?

    Are you US? Canadian? Other?

  • gkcity21

    Guest
    January 11, 2021 at 7:07 am

    Hey there, I run a fulfillment center called OTW Shipping. You can shoot me a PM if you want and I Can send you some numbers to crunch!

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