The road to fulfillment can take on very different forms depending on the type of business you run. If you are selling a physical product, the way to bring about fulfilling that customer’s needs is going to be very different from a less tangible service, such as a consultation.
But often so many moving parts mean that careful planning and organization is necessary. Having a well outlined and smooth order fulfillment process will help your business continue to draw customers and satisfy them with your products.
Order fulfillment will look a little different for various business types. Here are a few different examples:
1. Make-to-Stock or Built-to-Forecast
This model builds a product against a sales forecast, and sells to the customer from the finished goods stock. This is most common among grocers and retailers.
The product is built to customer specifications from a stock of existing components. So while the item is built to suit the customer, the parts created are the same.
This model allows customers to purchase products that are customized to their specification. The manufacturer only creates the product once the customer places the order.
While how you go about fulfillment will vary based on your business needs and the type of product you sell, it is probably one of the most important ways you can keep your customers happy and coming back for more. And happy customers mean business growth.