Online E-Commerce is a vital channel of distribution for all direct marketers, with sales migrating to the Internet with ever increasing velocity. Given the 24/7 demands of e-commerce, it is critical that marketers select a fulfillment company that is responsive to consumer expectations and can effectively turn shipments around with both speed and accuracy. At Fosdick Fulfillment, we are experts at meeting the unique challenges of e-commerce marketers.
Fast Fact: While e-commerce represented 4.5 percent of total U.S. sales in Q1 2011 it nonetheless continues to grow significantly, with quarterly year-to-year growth at 17.5%.
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Fosdick’s dedicated staff of programmers and data processing personnel ensures a secure environment for the first phase of inbound orders. Our approved Merchant Processors, who adhere to the highest industry standards, must first authorize orders received. Approved orders are then automatically printed on labels or order sets and sent to our warehouse with due speed. Rejected orders are reprocessed to make sure that the greatest number of valid orders can be processed; however, we take special care to work with our Merchant Processors to winnow out any permanently rejected orders so that the marketer’s financial risk is minimized.
Once approved, orders are printed on labels or order sets and sent to our warehouse for pick, pack and ship. Backorders, for out of stock items, are managed through our backorder system and we take special care to manage customer expectations if this situation arises.
Many of today’s leading e-commerce programs rely on continuity, so naturally Fosdick’s state-of-the-art systems allow for shipments at pre-determined intervals. Installment billing or multi-pay options are also available.
Complete access to reports and all activity is available in real-time through our Internet Web Interface, Information Tracker.
Working in direct communication with our Data Center, our Warehousing Services Department will pick, pack and ship orders forwarded by the Data Center. Fosdick consults with clients to ensure they optimize their postage savings by selecting which location(s) they ship from. With fulfillment centers in Wallingford, Connecticut, Toronto, Canada, and Reno, Nevada, Fosdick customers can take advantage of truly integrated, bi-coastal locales that enhance shipping speed and reduce costs.
Perhaps the most important aspect of any direct marketing program is to deliver great customer service that keeps returns to a minimum, and increases repeat business. Please visit our Customer Service Center section for more information on our unique approach to keeping your customers happy!
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