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When it comes to software solutions for eCommerce, fulfillment and shipping are often the last things considered. This is unfortunate, as they are often huge sources of errors and inefficiencies. This raises the question: Can a good warehouse management software help?
Notice that, in previous posts, we’ve discussed the importance of integrating warehouse management software and fulfillment software with various other parts of your business—for example, ordering channels, accounting software, payment processing, EDI, and more. It’s about time, then, that we highlighted integration with shipping.
That said, integrating inventory management and shipping stations is just one key component in optimizing the workflow for shipping, and it should be understood in that context. Consider the steps that must be performed correctly for shipping to happen quickly and seamlessly:
Needless to say, this can be a very time-intensive process...if each step is done in isolation.Also, you might want to check the eCommerce fulfillment process to get a close view of each step.
In an ideal world, the entire process from picking to packing to shipping would be part of a single, well-documented workflow. Each of the above steps would be part of this workflow, of course. In addition, operators and floor managers should consider the following when designing such a workflow:
When our engineers created Infoplus, the goal was not just to create an inventory management system, but to bring all of these aspects of fulfillment into one system to create a single, seamless workflow—including integration with shipping systems. If you would like to see a demonstration of this in action, contact us. We would love to show you how the shipping process can be automated and simplified.
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