Fulfilment services?


I have started an online business and was considering using a fulfilment service but all the providers seem to be to expensive for my needs. The majority of the products we sell weigh less than 2g each and the CPU is around $0.20. This is where my problem is, the cost of fulfilment per unit is more expensive than the item.
I need a fulfilment service that bases their price structure on weight and size without a base charge. I also need them to package individual order requirements varying from 1-200 each.

Any suggestions or recommendations of fulfilment services would be appreciated.


asked Dec 26 '11 at 08:50
Logi Kal
37 points
  • Where are you located, how do you want the items shipped, what kind of packaging is involved, do you need order tracking, etc.... – Gary E 12 years ago
  • We are located in the UK. The shipping methods will vary for each customer. The products will have to be divided, sorted and re-packaged before being shipped. Order tracking isn't necessary but it would be a benefit. Thanks for your reply – Logi Kal 12 years ago

1 Answer


Pricing for order fulfillment is based on the cost of packaging, the cost of shipping, storage cost, the complexity of the order process, and profit. If you are always shipping the exact same small item, at a fixed weight, exactly the same way, the fulfillment house might want a $1 profit per item on top of the cost associated with fulfilling the order. If the order process is complex, the fulfillment house is going tp want much more than $1 profit per piece.

If you want to know whether their pricing is fair, figure out what it would cost you to ship the items and add in a profit margin to that. And if it is too hard for you to ship the items, you might need to simplify things on your end.

answered Dec 27 '11 at 05:29
Gary E
12,510 points
  • Thanks for your reply, really helpful. – Logi Kal 12 years ago

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