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We’ve covered in-house and just-in-time fulfillment, as well as outsourced fulfillment, each with its own positives and negatives, but now we’re moving to a completely hands-off form of fulfillment — dropshipping. To some, it sounds like a pipe dream. No managing inventory? No actual fulfillment? That’s the essence of…

Isn’t fulfillment fulfilling? Depending on who you ask, the answer is questionable. But one thing is for sure: a fulfillment process that runs smoothly and efficiently is definitely fulfilling. And sometimes, it’s best to DIY. That’s at the core of the following two fulfillment models — in-house and just-in-time. Here’s…

This is a shoutout to all of the purchase orders out there, the unsung heroes of inventory that make life so much easier for e-retailers. Most merchants consider them to be life savers in terms of inventory management, but they’re also hugely useful for managing relationships with suppliers,…

Dropshipping is mostly known for it’s hands-off approach to fulfillment. That’s the main appeal to many (justifiably) fulfillment-averse merchants, but its benefits aren’t restricted to just that. A lesser-known and more inventory-centered perk to dropshipping is product testing. It’s all of the fulfillment appeal to dropshipping without the…

Oftentimes, it seems like selling online is centered exclusively on the retail side of things. B2C images pop up of a merchant taking orders, wrapping them up, shipping them off, and interacting customers on their channels. But there’s a lesser-known side to selling online (and offline, for that…

For many retailers, out-of-stock status is a big peril when selling online. Damage can be significant – not only is a lack of inventory a lack of sales, it can also seriously harm customer relationships. There’s a lower chance you’ll be able to lure a potential first-time customer…

With the record breaking performance of online stores this past holiday season, there’s something inevitable that all merchants will be dealing with – returns. Although some may hate dealing with the crap that is returns management, it’s an opportunity to learn and correct a potential problem with future fulfillment.…