June 22, 2022

Three Strategies To Speed Up Your Order-Fulfillment Process

Fulfill orders more quickly, accurately, and efficiently

 

The order-fulfillment process includes all of the steps companies need to take from the moment they receive an order until the item lands in the client’s hands. For many wholesalers, distributors, or manufacturers, the process might look like this:

 

  • They receive the order
  • They enter it into a back-office system (like an ERP or accounting platform)
  • The order is sent to the warehouse
  • It is picked (a worker goes into the warehouse, looks for the item, and picks it off the shelf)
  • It is packed and prepared for shipping
  • It is shipped
  • The client receives the order

 

In this industry, every order and transfer needs to be 100% accurate 100% of the time. While the example above is the most common order-fulfillment process, it’s also the slowest and most error-prone. 

 

Having an order written down on a piece of paper or received via the phone or email makes the process longer, because you have to write it again to register into your ERP. It also leaves room for errors.  

 

Order fulfillment is all about meeting customer expectations, and to do so you need an accurate order and organized inventory management. Knowing what’s in stock as the order is placed prevents customers from having to experience backorders and delays. 

 

With all of this in mind, let’s take a look at three strategies that will make your order-fulfillment process much more efficient:

 

Order-fulfillment process

 

1. Classify Your Inventory

 

Ensure that you always have the proper stock levels of your best-selling items by grouping your inventory from fastest to slowest moving. 

 

Put the most popular items in an area with easy access that is centrally located in your warehouse to ensure that they can be picked, packed, and delivered in a minimal amount of time. Store slower-moving items in a separate area.

 

2. Automate Processes

Automating order entry and warehouse management helps speed up order fulfillment and provide more accurate data for future orders.  

 

The easiest way to automate these two processes is by using a mobile app. It will help your sales reps place more accurate orders and have them directly synced with your warehouse, manage all of your inventory, and increase control over stock.   

 

Listaso offers an inventory and sales solution that speeds up the order-entry process and handles warehouse and truck inventory, keeping them updated with the latest information. It also reduces mistakes and speeds up the order-fulfillment process.

 

3. Integrate Systems

 

To quickly fulfill an order, you need synced information from several areas, including sales and inventory. 

 

The integration between the sales order-management system, where the order is placed, and the ERP system that maintains financial data makes the fulfillment of orders easier and leads to better results.

 

Listaso provides different solutions for each of these processes—solutions that are fully capable of integrating with each other and your ERP to make the order-fulfillment process more efficient.

 

In Conclusion

 

Each of these three strategies gives you double benefits. For example, classifying inventory from fastest moving to slowest will not only save you time in the order-fulfillment process, but it will reduce labor costs. Integrated systems will sync the order-fulfillment process—and provide better reporting and analytics.

 

One of the best ways to speed up the order-fulfillment process is to ensure that there is no time wasted between order placement and shipment. Today, wholesale distributors are streamlining order fulfillment by giving their employees ERP-integrated B2B sales and inventory technology to capture and deliver orders as quickly as possible.

 

If you're looking for an updated B2B ordering system to speed up your company's distribution processes, sign up for a demo of our app. We'll help you find the right solution for your business!

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