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E-Commerce Fulfillment Services

E-commerce is hot and it’s only going to get hotter. In the last two years, during one of the country’s worst recessions, e-commerce sales have sky rocketed. 2010 saw a bump with an increase of 14.8% over 2009 – bringing total sales to $165.4 billion. Sales for 2011 are already up a staggering 15.2%. Everyone wants to get in on the action, but the real question is – what do you do after the e-commerce website is developed?

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Electronic Data Interchange

Below is part eight of a continuing series on our blog regarding the key elements to successful e-commerce book fulfillment titled “Electronic Data Interchange”. At Ware-Pak, we make it a point to aid in understanding some rudimentary terms and addressing the complexities of e-commerce fulfillment.

Knowing what’s important to the e-retailer from a warehousing and fulfillment perspective is critical. Products need to be made available across multiple channels and e-commerce is one of the best ways to make your business accessible to your customers.

Electronic Data Interchange

In making a selection of a fulfillment center, double check to make sure they can support your electronic data interchange (EDI) initiatives.  The fulfillment center must be able to generate the SSCC-18 Carton License Plate and affix the label to the carton.  From there, the fulfillment house must send you a data set to meet your customers’ ASN requirements.  To identify this file, know that it will contain the SSCC-18 license number and the contents of that specific carton.  This completes the information required for the ASN.  Finally, the fulfillment warehouse will generate the UCC-128 label to be affixed to the cartons completing the ASN transaction.

Scalability to Handle Larger Order Volumes

Below is part four of a continuing series on our blog regarding e-commerce and successful book fulfillment. This nine-part series is meant to aid in not only understanding some rudimentary terms, but also how to address the complexities of e-commerce fulfillment.

Knowing what’s important to the e-retailer from a warehousing and fulfillment perspective is essential. In order to keep our industry operating in today’s online-driven world, we need to make our products available across multiple channels. E-commerce is one of the best ways to make yourself and your business accessible to your target market.

Part 4: Scalability to Handle Larger Order Volumes

Operational inefficiencies can become more apparent as order volumes increase. Nothing difficult is done in the warehouse, but the shear volume of orders inherently becomes challenging. When looking at your fulfillment partner, make sure they have solid Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for picking orders. Look at their warehouse management system, does it optimize workflow and enforce their picking rules? Limiting movement and repetition in the warehouse is key to improving productivity and ensuring that orders are picked in a timely fashion.

Another thing to look at are the pick line locations and the pick location priority settings. Do they direct the staff to the most logical items to pick based on shortest distance, least touches, package configuration or a number of other criteria? When set up correctly, the WMS can automatically allocate product from these optimized locations.

We will be moving on to part five this week, so stay tuned to learn more about increasing pick accuracy.

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