JIT(Just In Time) delivery has multiple steps for a supplier due to a need for such things as proper inventory management and repacking into returnable dunnage in addition to an order management system. We at Nalara provide associated services for our customers to meet even the most stringent OEM requirements.
All JIT delivery to OEMs from overseas manufacturing suppliers and wholesale businesses at some juncture will contemplate outsourcing warehousing services and quality support services such as sorting and repacking to an order fulfillment center. The order fulfillment centers equipped with EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) capability and Order & Inventory management System (WMS: Warehouse Management System) are also referred to as 3PL (Third Party Logistics) warehouses. We are the top privately owned independent company for 100% of customer satisfaction that provides the best competitive prices and also the highest quality.
The services we offer are referred to by different names such as Warehousing, Fulfillment warehousing, Storage Warehousing, Warehousing and Storage, Warehousing Distribution, Inventory Fulfillment, E-commerce Fulfillment etc.
NALARA Warehouse offers the following services:
1. Warehousing and Storage Service
First and foremost the Order Fulfillment Center offers warehousing and storage services. Nalara has a sophisticated array of equipment and system to complement warehouse storage services. This equipment includes various sorts of material handling equipment, including conveyor belts, forklifts, racks, docking doors, scanners and etc. All the operations in a warehouse are tied together with the help of a Warehouse Management System (WMS).
The customer utilizing the services of the third party logistics warehouses (3PL) will ship their inventory from their manufacturing plants in overseas countries to the Order Fulfillment Center warehouse. The third party logistics warehouse also continues to receive new inventory and returns on an ongoing basis.
In warehousing distribution, how the items are stored in the warehouse plays an important role. For certain types of items such as automotive parts, first in first out (FIFO) is the norm. This is to ensure that no perishable goods sit on the aisles longer than they have to.
2. Order Taking service (EDI Management and B2B Order management)
An order fulfillment center will typically utilize a web based application, where the customer will enter the orders online. Once the order has been received by the order fulfillment center, it will then process the order. Orders can also be conveyed to the order fulfillment center via electronic feeds using files in many different (EDI) formats. These formats are agreed upon beforehand by both parties. The transmission of data can be more than once a day or real time. All data requested by OEM customers are managed and will be responded by trained individual within requested time window.
3. Order Fulfillment Service
Once the order has been received, key pieces of information are required to process the order:
a. SKU that uniquely identifies the item
b. Customer Plant Information and Quantity
c. Inspection Method
d. Shipping Method and Repacking Requirement
e. Other Miscellaneous handling instructions
Based on the SKU, one key operation the order fulfillment center provides is locating the item and calculating the customer’s requirement of shipment and packaging method. How the items are to be shipped to customers is essential for overall customer satisfaction. Ideally, storage of items is done based on fast moving items and slower moving items, large volume order and small volume order etc. All order fulfillment services is managed with effective clear forecasting management based on weekly and monthly order forecast. As an overseas supplier, this method provides the supplier the most efficient logistics cost and inventory management.
4. Shipping and Handling Service
Once the item has been plucked from the shelf and is ready to be shipped, three key components are considered: Inspection, Packaging and Shipping.
If the item has to be shipped to the consumer, it is typically inspected, packaged, then shipped the same day, using next day shipping service. For automotive OEMs, predesignated transportation trucks are arranged. UPS and Federal Express are typically used regarding general distribution for both the aftermarket and consumer markets. In the case that the number of shipment volume is significant, these companies offer, order fulfillment centers yielding large discounted pricing. This is an important saving that is passed on to the client.
In some cases items may be shipped in bulk, for example to a retail outfit. In such cases, the key component is consolidation. As the weight of the shipment can be considerable, services such as UPS and Fedex may not always be cost effective. The distribution warehouse will then look to consolidate shipments using a private carrier. Shipments which constitute less than truck load (LTL) are consolidated with other shipments going in the same direction, yielding considerable savings.
Last but not least is the capability the order fulfillment center should provide in the area of handling returns. Returns require more attention to details than any other aspect of fulfillment. Returns require manual inspection of the item. Notes on the condition of the item, needs to be entered. The item are returned to a separate area that earmarked for return goods. These goods are eventually sent backed to the manufacturer or the retailer may choose to take other actions.