How to Save Your Shop & Free Up Time for Productivity
There’s not enough time in the world to talk about how there’s not enough time in the world, or at least that’s how it seems sometimes. Many people end up having this feeling when they have a particularly busy social calendar, so you can imagine how much more amplified that same feeling gets when you’re trying to run a shop.
The retail industry has seemed to be in a never-ending period of doom for the past couple of years, with constant fears of the country’s high streets being one bad sales period away from closing their doors for good. But even by these standards, the last few years have been particularly rough. In 2017, the number of new businesses being born was down by 32,000 on the previous year – making it the biggest fall since 2001.
So in such testing times, how do you keep afloat?
Having a sustainable and profitable business is the important thing for all businesses, but in order to acheive this, you need a stategy. But developing this takes time, and as we all know, time is hard to find. In an attempt to an ever-growing number of London-based retailers are joining forces with a new type of order fulfilment service, giving them back up to 4 hours every single day.
If four hours sounds like a lot, that’s because it is.
Traditional order fulfilment was always designed to save shops both time and money, but it doesn’t necessarily do that for all businesses. These 3rd-party logistics services often have huge warehouses outside of London, which means half of your stock needs to remain there. This not only halves the stock you have in-store, but it also means you have to keep an eye on stock levels across two locations.
This type of fulfilment also gives you less control over said orders and requires you to keep a lot more tabs on how things are progressing. All of which doesn’t exactly add up to saving your business time. So, in the absence of this being a genuine option, a new type of order fulfilment arose.
A malleable and convenient way of fulfilling orders, Weengs is the small-business superpower that is enabling retailers and e-tailers to fulfil their orders with minimal to no hassle. Replacing the rigid traditionalism of 3rd-party logistics, it offers a convenient way to send your wares to customers all over the world, without ever needing you to double the amount of stock you produce. And here’s how it’s saving numerous businesses up to four hours every single day.
No More Bulk Buying Packaging
Weengs pack and ship every single item from their London warehouse, meaning you never have to worry about bubble wrap ever again. Each product receives bespoke packing and every item can be catered for, regardless of size and fragility. Watch this useful video below which explains the package’s journey from your store to the customer’s lap.
With all of your orders taken care of, it means you no longer have to go out shopping for packaging, but it also means one more important thing too…
No More Packaging
A much more time-consuming task, the use of previously bought packaging is one of the most boring and laborious steps of DIY order fulfilment. For every order taken online, it can take anywhere between 5 and 30 minutes to package it up securely, depending on its size.
No More Shopping Around
Gone are the days where you have to open up dozens of new tabs to find the best possible deal for your parcel, instead, Weengs does it for you. Using their own algorithm, they’re able to cut out the endless price comparison and find the best deal for your products right away, completely dependent on what you want to prioritise – be it speed, cost, or something else entirely.
No Dashing to the Post Office
Every online order you make will be collected by your regular Weengs driver in a convenient 2-hour time slot which stays the same every single day, regardless of how many orders they’re picking up. If you’re having a bit of a slow day and don’t have any, just cancel it on the app. This ridiculously easy task replaces the need to run to the post office with every single order.
No Chasing Couriers
If an order is delayed or has been misplaced, Weengs will handle that on your behalf. They have business accounts with all the major carriers and send each item out on a tracked delivery, this means they’ll be able to get to the bottom of any issues as quickly as possible. This not only streamlines the whole process, but gives you back all that time you used to spend on hold. If you do ever need to speak to someone, it wil be a member of the Weengs team who is completely up to speed on the particulars of your account.
Every Little Helps
To borrow a phrase from one of the UK’s largest supermarkets, every little helps. Each of these tasks takes up a considerable amount of time, and be it 5 minutes or 30, when you’re doing them daily, that small amount of time begins to spiral towards a bigger one.
Partnering with a specialist order fulfilment service like Weengs not only gives you back that previously lost time, but it also guarantees a more professional and uniform service with each of your online orders. And even though it is perhaps the most important factor, time isn’t the only benefit of outsourcing this process. It also saves on hassle, can often save money, and overall, make it one less thing to worry about.
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