As a Mailing House as well as normal order fulfilment, 3PLWOW provides direct mail services, polywrapping and data services for companies throughout the UK. With the full range of direct mail/marketing services.
Our services include hand envelope insertion, inkjet printing, laser printing, direct mailing and postal services. Postal discounts are available for both domestic (UK) and foreign mail – discounted UK services include the full range of sorted services including Mailsort, Low Sort, High Sort, CBC, OCR, Publishing Mail, Clean Mail, Business Mail, Advertising Mail and many more.
3PLWOW Mailing Services offers mailing house solutions for clients including large organisations, membership groups, local authorities, charities and many SME’s. We maintain very high standards, delivering client projects on time and at the most competitive rates.
When Should You Consider Using a 3PL?
How do you know when you need outside fulfillment help? Here are 6 signs that it’s time to engage a third-party logistics partner.
1. Business growth
Many subscription businesses reach a point where in-house fulfillment processes are simply no match for their sales volume. Additional space and staffing and automated fulfillment solutions are necessary to keep the wheels on the bus and accommodate future growth. While everyone has a different threshold, 5,000 orders a month is a common tipping point for outsourcing.
2. Fluctuating order volume
Whether you’re filling thousands, hundreds of thousands or even millions of monthly orders, it can be difficult to balance the intense peaks and valleys of the subscription business cycle. As they rush to hit a shared drop date, subscription box companies typically have a brief period of intense activity. Paying for space and staffing to accommodate the period of highest order volume when that’s only one week out of the month can significantly impede profitability. With a scalable, shared-space environment, a 3PL gives you the ability to meet your peak requirements without a permanent overhead investment.
3. Narrow delivery window
Subscription box companies with an active social media following strive to generate a social buzz around unboxing, so it’s critical to ensure that subscribers across the country receive their orders at approximately the same time each month. A knowledgeable 3PL can process orders strategically based on customer location to meet the tight delivery window required for synchronized deliveries.
4. Service failures
When you’re faced with high order volumes, it’s easy to drop the ball on customer service – inventory issues, inaccurate orders, delivery delays, etc. Subscription shoppers have high expectations and are quick to share dissatisfaction via social media where word spreads quickly. An experienced fulfillment provider will pay careful attention to solution design and engineer processes to ensure a positive customer experience. Quality management programs can increase efficiency, improve accuracy and ensure continuous improvement.
5. Rising fulfillment costs
Subscription services typically have slim profit margins, so it’s critical to monitor the cost of fulfillment closely. Transportation tends to be the highest operational expense, and parcel costs have risen significantly this year, thanks to rate increases and surcharges from major carriers.
To help control costs, a 3PL can design a strategic distribution network to reach your customers via cost-effective two-day ground service. They’re also likely to offer economies of scale, an established carrier network and relationships with the major carriers, so you can choose the best mode or service level for each shipment at the best price.
6. Inadequate technology
As business grows, visibility and inventory management are critical. Robust technology solutions are essential for effective subscription fulfillment, but they can be expensive to implement and require frequent updates. Outsourcing to a provider with state-of-the-art systems in place (i.e., OMS, WMS, TMS) and on-staff expertise allows you to benefit from the latest technology without unnecessary overhead.
If one or more of these challenges is impacting your business, an experienced 3PL can help. Now’s the time to master subscription box fulfillment and distribution so you are well positioned to grow along with the industry.