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Avasam is a fully automated DropShipping platform that connects suppliers and sellers who sell through multiple sales channels. It provides all the tools businesses need to grow, from sourcing to selling to shipping, automating processes between multichannel order, inventory and warehouse management systems, with direct integrations for marketplaces, shipping providers and payments.

Work began in 2016, after helping several online sellers configure DropShipping arrangements that highlighted many problems with DropShipping. Complaints typically centred around finding reliable suppliers, communicating order or inventory information, payments, and too many unique arrangements causing problems for sellers working with multiple suppliers. DropShipping was time consuming and expensive, with too many potential errors causing delays and dissatisfied customers. Ultimately, it wasn’t providing the value that many businesses needed, and so some sellers were avoiding or limiting it, working with just one or two suppliers.

We developed the Avasam platform to resolve all the issues of traditional DropShipping by standardising and automating processes. As we built the platform, we worked closely with suppliers and sellers, designing automation for every step of the DropShipping process. By reducing the need for human interaction and helping to eliminate the issues with supplier reliability, businesses can fully capitalise on the opportunities that the DropShipping model offers.

For suppliers, listing inventory on Avasam means increased the exposure of your products and brands. Avasam sellers do the hard work of marketing your products on websites and marketplaces worldwide, and secure sales on your behalf – which of course, in turn, increases your profits. You’re in complete control of what you want to allow Avasam sellers to sell, and which sellers you want to allow to sell your products. And unlike some traditional DropShipping setups, you’re not required to offer credit and you’ll only dispatch goods that you’ve already received payment for, lowering potential risk.

We’ve built an outstanding user experience for users of the platform, but you don’t need to learn new processes – we can add Avasam to your existing setup so that Avasam orders appear in your current order management system, alongside your other orders. Currently, there are over 60 integrations with marketplaces, shopping cart providers and shipping services, with all order updates, tracking information and so on being sent automatically.

With Avasam automation, and Avasam sellers driving those sales for you, your team won’t need to handle additional admin – they’ll just need to be ready to dispatch those extra orders. You’ll be free to focus on the business of sourcing new products to add to your inventory, and to work on scaling your business further.

We’ll handle your onboarding, and complete your setup with absolutely no downtime required. We’ll add your existing inventory information to the platform, allowing Avasam sellers to start selling your products on their sales channels worldwide immediately.

We’re already helping hundreds of businesses to sell more. To find out more, or to arrange a discussion about how DropShipping with Avasam can work with your existing setup, visit www.avasam.com or call on 0330 113 7788.

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At Huboo, we care about our staff and like to think we’re so much more than a faceless warehouse, so each month we like to profile a member of the team. This month, we’d like to introduce you to our latest Human of Huboo, Alicia.

Meet Alicia Docherty

Passionate about surfing, Alicia is Head of Marketing at Huboo

As we’re a fast-growing startup we need to make sure we’re getting the right messages out to our target markets, which is why we rely on the great work of our marketing team. As Head of Marketing, Alicia is responsible for making sure the Huboo brand is always at its best, keeping customers well-informed on a regular basis, and creating the best content to attract new business, amongst many other things.

I am new to Huboo and I’ve had to hit the ground running, which is great. I love a challenge and no two days are the same here, so it’s never dull! At the moment, I am working on 2020 marketing plans and getting under the skin of Huboo’s customer management systems and processes.

As part of Alicia’s role, she ensures Huboo is communicating well to the outside world. We’re a really dynamic company and Alicia is keen to share this message through as many channels as she can, whether that’s newsletters, digital marketing or social media. Ultimately, she wants to position us as the go-to ecommerce fulfilment house.

Huboo stands out from the crowd. It’s not a warehouse full of people facing tough targets with an office versus ‘shop floor’ mentality. Far from it. This is one of the key areas that makes us so different and also what makes us successful.

To reinforce that point, Alicia is also responsible for internal communications and makes sure that everybody knows what’s going on and feels part of the team. Working for a startup is extremely fast-paced, so it’s important to ensure all staff and team members are fully informed, but, not only that, it’s also important to keep everybody motivated.

We do a lot at Huboo to help create a unified team spirit. we all muck in during busy periods and very much work on a collaborative basis. When we’ve had an amazing day, we reward people with pizzas, we’ve hosted a Halloween party, also known as Hubooween, and we recently had a Christmas jumper day. I haven’t been here long, but I’m really excited to be responsible for marketing such a great company.

Quick fire questions

What makes you irrationally angry? People being unfair.

Favourite Film: A guilty pleasure is probably Bad Neighbours, but it might have to be the Blues Brothers… or Super Bad… or Top Gun….. Can’t decide!

Best holiday: My honeymoon in The Maldives.

Dream dinner guest: Winston Churchill.

Biggest fear: Having regrets.

Something you really love:  My dog Dora, my cat, Pudding and my Husband…in no particular order, of course.

Fun fact:  An old cousin of mine was the first and fastest person to sail single-handed around the world.

Who would play you in a film of your life? Probably Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

What would your super-power be? Breathing under water and swimming really fast – Aqua man style.

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How do you prefer to spend your time – packing boxes or growing your business?

Fulfilment services can save you time, money and stress and allow you to use your skills to grow your business instead of worrying about the details of picking, packing and posting orders.

According to Statista, in 2017 retail e-commerce sales worldwide amounted to 2.3 trillion US dollars and e-retail revenues are projected to grow to 4.88 trillion US dollars by 2021. If you want to take advantage of this growth, then partnering with a fulfilment service can help.

So, if you are ready for the next step in the growth of your business, consider outsourcing your order fulfilment to someone you can trust.

Here are some of the ways fulfilment services can help your business.

How fulfilment services can save you time

“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” – Zig Ziglar

Picking, packing and shipping products and warehouse management can swallow up hours of your time.As a business, do you think time management and prioritisation are important? As Zig Ziglar observed, we all have the same 24 hours in each day, and business owners in particular need to make sure they stick to strategic and important priority tasks.

You need to control your inventory and have all the right packing materials on hand. Shipping labels need to be produced and of course, you must double check that each customer receives the right order, delivered on time and in one piece.

If you are only fulfilling a few orders a week and have a small inventory, then doing this yourself may be manageable.

But once you are shipping large numbers of products you may find that shipping takes up all your time and you don’t have a moment to concentrate on other key areas of your business.

A fulfilment service can take care of the entire process for you, freeing you up to focus on the key parts of your business that only you can perform.

Lets’ face it, you probably didn’t start a business because you love to pack and ship! It makes sense to outsource the parts of the business that can be done as well, if not better, by others.

Your skills and knowledge are what make your business. With more available time at your disposal, you can focus on areas such as finding new products or channels, improving your website and marketing, analysing sales and finding new trends.

How fulfilment services can save you money

Fulfilment services can save you money in several ways.

Firstly, fulfilment providers benefit from the economies of scale and can, therefore, secure the best shipping rates. Fulfilment companies are working on a larger scale than your business, so by joining them, you can leverage their buying power on packing and shipping costs.

Secondly, fulfilment services can be flexible and adjust according to your needs. This means that as you grow, you benefit from reduced costs and the company can cope with the increased sales.

Your fulfilment company can provide the capacity you need during peak periods such as holidays, so you don’t need to pay extra staff for a few weeks of the year.

It also means that during slow periods you are not wasting money on holding products and packing materials or paying staff to do nothing.

When compared with renting your own warehouse and employing staff, e-commerce fulfilment offers a more flexible and cost-effective solution.

Thirdly, fulfilment service providers have the most up-to-date technologies and lots of experience in handling packing and shipping. This means that you are providing your customers with the best possible shipping available. Doing this reduces the chance of delays, mistakes and resulting customer complaints that can take you time and money to solve.

How fulfilment services can save you stress

At Huboo we are continuously improve our services, embracing new technologies and keeping up to date with every area of our field.

It takes months to find a customer … seconds to lose one.
Vince Lombardi

Fulfilment companies should also be looking to find the most efficient and cost-effective ways to deliver your items, so you don’t have to. For example instead of updating inventory systems and worrying about logistics, Huboo enables you to focus on improving your business.

If you are fulfilling your own orders you will need to employ staff as your business grows. This can be time-consuming and stressful. In addition, it can be difficult to know how many staff hours you will need when your orders may be fluctuating from month to month.

Using a fulfilment company like Huboo means you don’t have to worry about any of that. We have the capacity to grow as you grow and cope with busy periods when they come. At Huboo, you get a dedicated team who work on your products, allowing you to still have the connection with your stock and the warehouse.

The entire focus of a fulfilment service is delivering products efficiently and in perfect condition.

It’s difficult to find new customers, but really easy to lose them. Outsourced fulfilment provides the best possible experience for your customers. This saves you the stress of dealing with customer returns and complaints.

In addition, customers are requiring faster and faster delivery times. According to a survey by AlixPartners survey, the maximum delivery time the average shopper will accept has fallen to 4.5 days, down from 5.5 in 2012.

Many customers want their items even faster than that. Luckily, a fulfilment provider will be able to adapt to the needs of your customers, providing fast shipping and offering expedited shipping if your customer chooses this option.

This saves you the stress of constantly stopping what you are doing to deal with orders that need to be got out of the door.

Creating and maintaining customer relationships is a vital part of your business. Happy customers will buy from you again and again. In addition, when they share their experiences, they will attract more customers to your growing business.

So, if you want to know that your customers are getting the best possible experience while you get on with using your skills to grow your business, then you should seriously consider outsourcing your packing and shipping to a fulfilment service.

At Huboo, we use our expertise to take care of all your fulfilment requirements.

If you want to take advantage of our low-cost solutions, multi-channel fulfilment, easy setup and management and 99.9% accuracy to help your business grow, then contact us today.

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