How Can E-commerce Owners Avoid Delays During Chinese New Year 2018

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is coming on February 16th,2018. Since it’s the most important traditional Festival in China and other Asian countries. Although the official holiday in mainland China lasts for only seven days, from February 15th to February 21st, 2018, many companies and enterprises including Chinese suppliers and domestic shipping agencies choose to start the vacation 3 to 5 days before the holiday, and come back to work after 8 days of the 1st month in the Chinese calendar (February 23th, 2018). Because Chinese New Year is a festival for Chinese families to reunion and stay together, so the Chinese New Year holiday may be the lowest period of people’s willingness to work. Many online sellers who own China-related e-commerce will be painfully aware of the long holiday comes disruption to all the businesses. The only solution is to prepare early. Here are some tips for e-commerce owners to avoid shipping delays and other problems during Chinese New Year.

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Get to know the supplier and the shipping agency’s schedule early.

Most of the suppliers factories will be closed much earlier than the statutory holiday, sometimes as long as 15 days, because people want to go back to their hometown (may be thousands kilometers away from the factory) early. No matter your supplier is a factory or a trading company, it’s better to ask about their holiday schedule at least a month before Chinese New Year. More than that, people who often buy from Taobao know the fact that China domestic shipping always closed 3-5 days before Chinese New Year, so are the global shipping forwarding agencies in China. Your shipping deadline depends on the shipping agency’s schedule, or the products will be stuck in the warehouse until March, 2018.

 

Order the products at least 30 days early.

After knowing the schedule, it’s time to place orders. Due to different production time, it’s recommended e-commerce business owners to place orders a month earlier. For example, if it takes 10 days for the factory to produce a batch of products, then you need to place the orders 20-40 days before the shipping deadline. Some of the suppliers take a lot of orders before the holiday, but most orders will be processed after the Chinese New Year. Another situation is, some factories will never open after Chinese New Year, makes it harder for overseas e-commerce business owners to get products they ordered.

 

Use professional fulfillment service.

Other than early preparation, getting professional fulfillment service is also essential during Chinese New Year. In order to avoid delays and unnecessary losses, below are some suggestions for e-commerce business owners.

An affordable warehouse to keep inventory during holiday.

A third-party to do the quality control in the peak season.

A responsive sales manager.

As a customer-oriented order fulfillment company in China, ChinaDivision is dedicated to help global e-commerce business owners to avoid troubles brought by language barriers, culture differences, long distance, etc, which makes ChinaDivision an ideal cooperation partner during Chinese New Year or other holidays.

 

5 Fulfillment Tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

The year’s end is a wonderful time for e-commerce owners: Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, New Year…People are full of enthusiasm for shopping in holiday seasons. But it’s stressful as well, the flood of orders is coming, it’s better to make sure that you are well prepared. More than that, holiday season sale is a good opportunity to expand business, a satisfying shopping experience during Black Friday and Cyber Monday will bring the consumer back to your store in the coming year. Here are some fulfillment tips to improve your consumer satisfaction and streamline the order fulfillment process during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

 

5 Fulfillment Tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

 

Provide more options for consumers.

Holiday season is the widely known global shipping rush hour, some consumers will be happy to pay for the faster shipping, while the others don’t mind to wait longer to save money, just give them the options. Providing different options for consumers with different needs can improve the customer satisfaction and ease off the fulfillment pressure. For example, use near-consumer fulfillment and near-source fulfillment at the same time, provide 80% discount or free shipping for the consumers who don’t mind to wait longer. If an e-commerce business owner who sources products from China and sells to domestic consumers, he or she can keep a small amount of inventory at hand before the holiday season sale, and outsource the fulfillment to Chinese order fulfillment company like ChinaDivision. The products sent from the suppliers can arrive ChinaDivision warehouse within 3 days, then ChinaDivision will do the inspection, inventory management, packaging and ship the products directly to the buyers according to the e-commerce business owners’ needs.

 

Presell some of the products.

Another way to reduce the fulfillment pressure is to start your holiday sale early. Don’t make all the target consumers flock to your website and place orders in a short time, presell some of your products. According to the research, 40% of customers begin researching and doing their holiday shopping as early as October. Marking some of your products as Black Friday/Cyber Monday presale a month earlier not only grabs these consumers, but also avoids the logistic peak season.

 

Communicate with the suppliers.

Make sure your suppliers are ready for your holiday sale as well. It’s better to give them a estimated order amount during the whole holiday season, so that they can manufacture/order the products in advance. Like I mentioned in another article 3 Key Points to Consider When Sourcing from China, you have to consider the language barrier and culture difference during the communication. In this condition, it’s a good idea to leave the hassles to ChinaDivision. As a dedicated order fulfillment service provider and a China local company, ChinaDivision is not only good at communicating with Chinese suppliers, but also more professional in the inventory management, value-added services and global shipping area.

 

Make the shipping solution flexible.

Being flexible is very important during holiday season. Since global shipping refers to long distance transport and a number of links, the probability of problem occurrence is relatively higher. When a shipping route has problems (shipping delay, high loss&damage rate, etc), it’s essential to change to another one quickly. Being the long-term partner of multiple world-leading express carriers and an order fulfillment company with years of global shipping experiences, ChinaDivision provides flexible shipping solutions for e-commerce business owners, which helps them to success in holiday season.

 

Automate the fulfillment.

Automated fulfillment not only saves time but also avoids errors in the manual data transmission. ChinaDivision has developed fulfillment software for e-commerce business owners who use Shopify, BigCommerce, WooCommerce, eBay, OpenCart and Magento. By installing the fulfillment software, e-commerce business owners can one-click sync orders, inventory and tracking numbers between their website and ChinaDivision order fulfillment system, which saves the valuable time in the holiday sale.