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3:28 am on Dec 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

I was browsing this ecommerce store and noticed they are using some warehousing company that stocks and ships the products for them (they are originally a US company but are represent in Canada also using this service).

What is this service called so I can research it some more using google.

Any recommendations? I might be selling very small parts so I am wondering how a company would manage these types of products.

4:58 am on Dec 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Just search G for "pick and pack" you'll find all you need...
4:08 pm on Dec 19, 2006 (gmt 0)

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do you use a fullfillment house?

It seems pretty scary giving one of the most important aspects of your business to a 3rd party...

there must be 1000 horror stores for every positive experience!

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The interesting option is Amazon's entry into this business--google for "fulfillment by amazon".

You can't imagine better live inventory, fulfillment, and shipping than Amazon's, including the ability to use Amazon Prime shipping. The FAQ says that they are experimenting with fulfillment for orders placed through non-Amazon channels during the current Beta period.

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it seems currently they only do fullfillment for amazon web store sales, not from your own ecomm site.

very interesting though. thanks for that link.

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another term to search on is 'dropshipping'
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we use two fulfillment centers; one in southern california and one in maryland for east coast shipments. it's been one of the best business moves we've ever made.

it only makes sense when you have sufficient volume to justify the costs, which are typically a ‘per pallet’ storage charge and a per order ‘pick’ charge. And there is a monthly minimum commitment. however, no warehouse leases - besides the multiyear commitment, it always seemed we needed more space, and moving is a pain. with a fulfillment center, the total costs are actually less, plus no utilities, insurance, or ‘warehouse type’ employees, workmans comp, etc. etc.

you can find them and make contact via vendorseek.