Mastering the EOFY Rush: How to Manage Order Spikes with a 3PL Partner

Sherian Batallones



June 21, 2024
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As the End of Financial Year (EOFY) approaches, eCommerce businesses across Australia gear up for one of the busiest sales periods. It's a time when consumers hunt for the best deals, leading to a significant spike in sales orders.

While this could be a pivotal period, an opportunity can instantly become a nightmare. Imagine customers discovering your brand for the first time, but ending up frustrated by receiving inaccurate orders that you overlooked while trying to keep up with dozens or even hundreds of sales orders.

This is why being strategic about handling the EOFY sales surge is crucial. Leveraging third-party logistics (3PL) providers can be the game-changer that helps you scale your operations efficiently to meet these increasing demands.

The Advantage of a 3PL Partner

Partnering with a 3PL provider can significantly ease the burden on your eCommerce operations, especially during peak times like the EOFY sales period. A 3PL partner is better equipped with the manpower, tools, and expertise to help you handle high volumes of orders efficiently and effectively.

Here are some key advantages of working with a 3PL:

1. Enhanced Picking and Packing Efficiency

The efficiency of picking and packing directly impacts your ability to fulfil orders quickly. 3PLs have advanced systems and experienced staff dedicated to picking and packing orders accurately and swiftly. This ensures that customers receive the correct products in a timely manner, reducing the likelihood of returns and enhancing customer satisfaction.

To further streamline the order fulfillment process, robotic fulfillment centers like SKUTOPIA leverage the efficiency and accuracy of robots to offer enhanced precision and speed in picking and packing processes. This technological edge ensures that you can handle increased order volumes without compromising on quality or speed.

This also allows you to significantly reduce the time taken to prepare orders for dispatch, regardless of whether you have sudden spikes or dips in your orders throughout the EOFY sales period.

2. Optimised Delivery Routes

Fast delivery is crucial in keeping your customers satisfied. Leveraging a cutting-edge route optimisation system can ensure your deliveries are as quick and efficient as possible.

To make this possible, 3PLs utilise sophisticated route optimisation software to plan the most efficient delivery routes. These involve calculating routes for multiple deliveries, taking into account traffic conditions, delivery windows, and vehicle capacities.

This not only speeds up the delivery process but also reduces shipping costs, making your business more competitive. The more orders you get delivered, the more you can cater to additional new sales!

3. Multiple Delivery Options

Not only can 3PLs help you deliver faster, but they can also offer more diverse delivery options to cater to a variety of customer preferences!

SKUTOPIA, for example, partners with multiple delivery couriers to extend last-mile delivery services from same-day delivery, next-day delivery, express shipping, and standard shipping. This provides eCommerce businesses like yours with flexible delivery choices so you can offer the best shipping experiences no matter the number of orders you have to ship.

Plus, these partnerships often come with discounted shipping rates to help you save on shipping costs, especially for bulk orders!

Get EOFY Sales-Ready with SKUTOPIA

Successfully navigating the EOFY sales period requires careful planning and efficient execution. With the help of 3PL partners, you can streamline your order fulfillment operations, allowing you to focus on your sales and marketing efforts.

At SKUTOPIA, we are dedicated to empowering eCommerce businesses with cutting-edge 3PL solutions to ensure you can grow your brand and thrive during these opportunities.

Whether you’re a small business experiencing a sudden increase in orders or a large enterprise looking to optimise your fulfillment process, SKUTOPIA offers scalable solutions to meet your needs. Our flexible services can adapt to the ebb and flow of your sales volumes, providing the support you need during peak times, like the EOFY.

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