Another holiday season is here, the best and the worst months of a year for e-commerce sellers–opportunities and challenges come at the same time. Dealing with big amount of orders in holiday seasons is difficult enough, what if they are from multiple online stores? The situation sounds like a headache. Here are some ways to handle the influx of orders brought by holiday sale.
Take time to analyse and prepare before holidays.
Make sure you are well prepared before the holiday season. Reviewing historical data will be super helpful. Gather the data from previous holiday sales, analyse it, list the hottest products and estimate the order amount. After doing all these, it will be easier to make fulfillment budget and choose a suitable fulfillment method. Then you can start to stock up and make order fulfillment plans for Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas and New Year. Since the holiday season starts in late November, it’s better to make plans as early as September.
Manage the inventory centrally.
Some sellers use multiple fulfillment methods at the same time, in-house fulfillment, direct drop-shipping, third-party fulfillment, etc. Maybe it speeds up the process, but it also makes the inventory decentralized and hard to manage. Poor inventory management leads to incorrect stock information, high order close rate and sales opportunity loses. So it’s better to manage the inventory centrally in a fulfillment center like ChinaDivision. For the sellers who own a lot of suppliers, product SKUs and online stores, ChinaDivision is an ideal fulfillment partner. In ChinaDivision warehouse, products from different suppliers will be unpacked, inspected, labeled with bar codes and scanned into the professional warehouse management system (WMS). No matter the products are sold, returned or restock, the inventory will be updated in real time, which will make a big difference in the holiday season sale.
Install the fulfillment software to integrate data from multiple platforms.
For the e-commerce sellers who sell on multiple e-commerce platforms, data integration is essential. A good fulfillment software to sync and integrate data from multiple platforms is the key to prevent chaos during busy hours. ChinaDivision has developed a series of fulfillment software, with the help of it, global customers can enjoy a automated fulfillment process. The software has the following features:
Integrate with multiple platforms. ChinaDivision has the fulfillment software for Shopify, eBay, Magento, BigCommerce, OpenCart, WooCommerce and more. All of them can sync order from the platform to ChinaDivision system. After installing the software, ChinaDivision customers can not only see the order status, but also the real-time inventory number.
One account to manage them all. No matter how many stores a customer has, he or she can manage them with one ChinaDivision account. ChinaDivision fulfillment software marks orders from different platforms with different order number prefixes, so that the customer can manage them in one panel.
One-click sync tracking numbers. After the orders status changed into shipped, the tracking numbers can be synced back to the online store. Not only that, the system will send automatic email notifications to the buyers, to inform that their products are shipped.