KITTING AND FULFILLMENT: IT’S NOT AS EASY AS 1, 2, 3
Put a few items in a box; add some packing peanuts; tape it up and slap on a shipping label. No big deal. Right? But your business is growing. Or perhaps it’s already grown. And so have the time, cost and complexity of distributing your critical products and information. Perhaps it’s time to consider outsourcing your kitting program to a professional.
The Top 3 Reasons You Should Outsource Your Kitting Program
Reason #3: It’s Time-consuming.
Kit assembly takes time. If your program includes personalized materials or versioned kits it takes even more time. And don’t forget the time spent ordering, shipping, receiving and managing inventory. That’s all valuable time that you and your employees could be spending growing your business.
Reason #2: It’s Expensive.
Assembling your own kits typically costs you more than turning the job over to a professional kitting resource, especially if you’re kitting as orders come in. Outsourcing lets you take advantage of expertise that increases accuracy and economies of scale that decrease cost. You will also rid yourself of storage and inventory management costs. And you’ll have access to postal expertise and discounts that minimize shipping costs.
And the #1 reason you should outsource your kitting program…It’s Complicated.
Where am I going to store all of this stuff? I can’t afford backorders so when should I reorder? And how much? How should I arrange the kit pieces to ensure the most efficient assembly? Do I need to hire temp labor? Should I use pre-printed materials? Or is it more cost-effective to convert some items to print-on-demand? Which ones? What’s the best way to package this kit to minimize shipping costs but make sure it arrives undamaged? How am I going to make sure each of my locations gets the right products with the right customization?
Whew! That’s a lot to think about. But don’t worry…a professional kitting resource can simplify your program and save you time, money and headaches. Look for a company that offers a soup to nuts solution with a dedicated kitting team and the ability to print, kit, store and distribute any size, type and quantity of kit. If the solution includes an online ordering system that automates key processes and enables truly custom fulfillment you will have found your kitting partner.
Ready to “uncomplicate” your kitting program? Let your local Curtis 1000 Uncomplication Expert show you how we can help. Call us at 877-287-8715 or visit us on our website at www.curtis1000.com and fill out the “How Can We Help You?” form today!