Fulfilment and Pick and Pack
‘Fulfilment’ is essentially order preparation and delivery. This could be relatively large orders – either full pallets or picked items on pallets – to be delivered to a manufacturer, a retailer’s distribution centre or a retail store. These deliveries would either be delivered by the warehouse’s own vehicles or sub-contracted vehicles. Smaller orders (1 or 2 pallets) may go via a pallet network (see Part 4). Lead-times for such orders – from receipt of order to delivery of order to the customer are more likely to be 3-10 days than less than 3 days.
‘Pick and pack’ refers to a specific type of fulfilment for deliveries to consumers, usually e-commerce orders. For this, a warehouse usually needs to be structured differently to the requirements for store deliveries: picking bays may be more numerous and need to be all accessible by hand (or automated picking); an open area for order assembly, preparation and packing is needed; the orders are packed and labelled in a consumer friendly manner (and to withstand non-palletised transport) and then are usually dispatched via a courier network, though this may involve bulk transport to a courier’s regional depot.
Nearly all Zupplychain warehouse’s offer a fulfilment service. There are also a number of registered providers who are courier companies and/or pick and pack specialists. If you have an expanding web-trading business, a Zupplychain warehouse could be the answer for you to outsource all your logistics needs in one place with a provider who has the capacity to enable you to grow your business.
You can see whether a Zupplychain storage provider offers pick and pack services when you view their profile from your search results.