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Contract Assembly Services Leverage Web-Based Apps to Improve Fulfillment
Any CEO that struggles with the outsourcing dilemma will describe a double-edged sword:
However, new trends and technologies in the product fulfillment industry are taking some of the edge off of these issues.
Assembly Service Industry Moves Online
The product fulfillment industry is a market on the move. With new companies establishing themselves every day, the demand for assembly is reaching a fevered pitch. In his TAWPI 2008 Forums andamp; Expo Review, CDS Global writer Dennis Luther describes a burgeoning assembly services industry that is increasing its pertinence--and presence--on the Web.
Assembly Services Leverage New Technologies
Perhaps the most comforting aspect of outsourcing fulfillment is that vendors are beginning to use the same Web-based technologies that companies are using. This breeds a certain level of familiarity that CEOs are more comfortable with. According to Curt Barry, president of F. Curtis Barry andamp; Company, several developing trends in contract assembly technologies should pave the way for new opportunities in communications and sales.
Contract Assembly without Boundaries... or Seams
Of course, outsourcing is most viable when the partnership is beneficial to all involved in the sales process--the business, the customer and the fulfillment provider. Bloggers Steve and Jennifer of MyWifeQuitHerJob.com--both entrepreneurs of Web-based businesses--believe that it is possible to outsource both inventory and product fulfillment operations if the partnership is based on the following parameters:
CEOs should look for partnerships that fit naturally. That means finding market-specific fulfillment vendors and proceeding through a long courtship process to ensure an agreeable match. Following the tech trends should make that process easier for all stakeholders.