When you embark on a new eCommerce venture, it’s tempting to use a start-up fulfillment service from the get-go. But unless you’re consistently taking 100 -300 orders per month, it’s unlikely to be cost effective. If you’re spreading this fee across hundreds of orders, it’ll be affordable. But if it’s just a handful, the cost won’t outweigh the benefit.
WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT TO TALK TO US ABOUT OUTSOURCING YOUR FULFILLMENT?
We typically advise start-up owners to come to us when they’re taking 250-300 orders every month. But there are a few exceptions to this rule.
- Crowdfunding and pre-orders
If you’ve launched your new venture through Kickstarter, Indiegogo or another crowdfunding platform, you’re likely to have thousands of pre-orders to despatch quickly. Outsourced fulfillment can help you get over this initial peak and provide ongoing storage and shipping thereafter.
- International expansion
If you’ve already had success in another market and are looking to launch in SA, we can support your global growth. Our worldwide network of fulfillment centres and real-time, cloud-based software make it simple to manage international operations.
- Experienced entrepreneurs
Maybe this isn’t your first venture. Maybe you’ve worked for an established brand and are now launching your own thing. If you’re experienced at gaining traction in your chosen market, we can help you reach the point that outsourced fulfillment makes sense much quicker.
- Angel investment
If you’ve secured outside investment to get your idea off the ground, you’re likely to have a clear marketing plan to ramp up your order volumes quickly. If you’re confident you’ll hit 150 – 200 in the next few months, let’s talk about outsourcing your fulfillment now.
IS OUR START-UP FULFILLMENT SERVICE RIGHT FOR YOU?
IWF help brands with proven products, established business models and growing sales get to the next level. We ease the growing pains of brands that are already shipping – or are about to ship. We specialise in Direct to Consumer eCommerce fulfillment, rather than traditional pallet-based storage and distribution. We’re optimised for fast-moving consumer goods or high-volume sales platforms.