Outsourcing warehousing and fulfilment can save you time and money
01 June 2011
The ability to run a slick, super-efficient warehousing and order fulfilment operation, the final yet crucial link in your manufacturing chain, usually involves an appreciation and an execution of the four fundamental ingredients: storage, pick, pack and dispatch. When the emphasis is on small industrial parts or engineering components, attention to detail is paramount, so the need to get it right is even more important to ensure you achieve and maintain a competitive edge.
Compare these skills and resources with those acknowledged as being essential for actually designing and manufacturing technical engineering products you begin to appreciate that they are completely different. This fundamental business dichotomy underlines the case for considering the option of outsourcing warehousing and fulfilment to a specialist company, an option which is becoming increasingly attractive in a tough economic climate.
Technical Fulfilment Limited (TFL) is a company specialising in storage, pick, pack and dispatch for smaller engineering component manufacturers and was founded as a result of its sister company, a supplier of nozzles and spraying systems, not being able to source a reliable, dedicated fulfilment house. For example, you require pick and pack components, but on this occasion you need 26 sub-assemblies delivered to a rig for immediate installation, would you, or your current fulfilment operation, be able to get it right?
By focusing on these key requirements and structuring its services to pick & pack with complete accuracy, create sub-assemblies as and when required, and dispatch these goods on time, as if it was your own warehouse attached to your own office, has resulted in TFL becoming an established provider of dedicated fulfilment services.
Attention to detail and a high standard in order fulfilment, whether it’s sending out one component or 1000, on a regular basis or for a one-off project, are treated with equal importance. Also, the services offered by TFL have become even more relevant against the backdrop of a challenging economic climate. For example, it provides small to medium companies the opportunity to outsource to a dedicated supplier at lower cost as a result of not needing to invest in additional staff, warehousing, equipment and IT systems.
TFL specialises in sub-assemblies and employs technically aware staff to gather and assemble components for a range of clients. All goods that arrive into storage are checked at the point of entry, placed in bins and allocated a computer location, ensuring that what is on a stock sheet is genuinely what is in stock. Also, accurate inventory control means that we always know where your goods are, whether in-store or in-transit. TFL has invested in sophisticated software and tracking systems to ensure that all consignments can be tracked through all stages of the process with reports.
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