The most apparent cost of doing your own fulfilment is the required management time & focus, but also the financial cost is generally higher than it may be perceived: storage space, utilities, recruitment investments & salaries, software, insurance, taxes, maintenance, forklifts, packing supplies, technology (upgrade) investments, etc.
Outsourcing fulfilment to for example Fordist Group will enable you to share these overhead costs across our client base, effectively making the financial burden minimal for everyone. Due to the fulfilment companies’ high transport volumes they usually can also negotiate batter rates with parcel and freight carriers – even more if the warehouse is geographically well located (see transport section). With strict accountability of your stock you will have no more frustrations on shipping errors or with miscounted, misplaced or misidentified onsite inventory.
Moreover, since you only pay for the services whenever they are required this eliminates unnecessary high per-unit logistic overhead when your business does not go as planned and your warehouse works at lower than 100% capacity.