Order fulfillment is a very “behind-the-scenes” aspect of ecommerce. But, even though it’s not a consumer-facing process, order fulfillment has a big impact on customer experience. A recent study from Dotcom Distribution found that the most important elements of order fulfillment affecting customer loyalty were delivery times and premium packaging.
According to 87% of the 558 online shoppers surveyed, delivery time is a key factor when deciding to place another order with an e-tailer. Additionally, 44% said faster delivery would increase their trust with a brand. When it came to premium packaging, consumers expressed many positive sentiments:
- 40% said they would be somewhat more likely or much more likely to purchase from an e-retailer that offers premium packaging
- 68% said that branded packaging makes the brand seem more upscale
- 61% said that branded/premium packaging gets them more excited about receiving/opening the package
- 44% said that premium packaging reinforces that the product was worth the cost
From a fulfillment perspective, improving these areas is key to growing your ecommerce business. To improve your delivery speed, you could look at 3PL providers that are closer to your customers, or you may need to improve your inventory management. For example, by maintaining real-time inventory monitoring, you can then process orders in real-time. The time saved from order processing results in customers getting their packages much faster. Additionally, the benefits of premium packaging are too numerous to ignore – consumers will be more likely to enjoy their experience, order again, and tell their friends. At Fulfillment Works, we have lots of resources to design and produce custom packaging for our clients. Contact us to learn how we can help.
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