This article provides considerations for shipping and fulfillment when processing ecommerce transactions
Last Published: 5/22/2017

Shipping and fulfillment is often one of the most overlooked, dreaded, and challenging aspects of ecommerce. Yet the importance of good shipment and fulfillment service for your business cannot be ignored. You are able to control every detail of a customer or business’s online experience through your ecommerce site, from pricing and marketing to general appearance and user-friendliness. But once you ship your product, you are effectively handing this process to another business to handle the rest of the way. It is important to ensure that you understand and track this process fully so that the customer or business that orders your product is happy with the cost, time, and quality of your shipped products.

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