Facilitating Effective Home Goods Order Fulfillment & Inventory Management
Companies in the furniture sector of the home decor industry encounter some unique challenges with their order fulfillment supply chain. Due to size and bulk, warehousing inventory can be costly and complicated to optimize, and shipping presents its own challenges to protect inventory against damage that can be common without appropriate planning and packaging. An expert partner for supply chain management can minimize and even eliminate some of the risks associated with warehousing and managing home goods orders as they navigate the supply chain.
Hollingsworth’s Supply Chain Solutions for the Home Goods Industry
From small coffee and tea distribution to home goods, Hollingsworth is a leading provider of logistics for a wide range of industries. Since our founding in 1925, we have expanded our offering of expert supply chain management to a diverse network of customers. With our proven history of excellence, home goods manufacturers and distributors can rely on accurate, timely, and cost-effective logistics services. Hollingsworth is the home goods industry’s partner for a diverse offering of supply chain management services, including customized order fulfillment, inventory management and warehousing, packaging, returns management, and more.
Since storage of home goods requires a much higher footprint in terms of warehouse square footage, many home goods manufacturers and retailers have found that it’s more cost-effective to outsource their product warehousing. Hollingsworth offers warehousing services to the home goods manufacturing and distribution industry, facilitating optimal inventory management with strategic placement to minimize product movement and cost, while maximizing efficiency and access.
From standard shipping to white glove order fulfillment, the criterion for home goods and furniture distribution differs greatly from the standards for distributing other consumer goods. We can completely customize our fulfillment and distribution services to meet our customers’ needs with regard to extra protective measures to avoid damage during shipment, last-minute delivery, and more. We’re the home goods industry’s ideal partner for fulfillment and distribution.
Branding and protection are two vital aspects that home goods manufacturers and distributors must address with their product packaging, and Hollingsworth offers the necessary solutions. Our packaging services cover everything from repackaging bulk furniture inventory for individual sale, to adding security packaging such as foam to protect the home goods products through transportation, to implementing branding elements for recognition and marketing.
For white glove order fulfillment or grouping furniture sets, home goods manufacturers may require support from an expert partner to coordinate between the warehouse and distribution station to ensure accuracy. Hollingsworth offers kitting services to facilitate the accurate assembly or SKU grouping so that grouped product orders are shipped complete and simultaneously. Our kitting services range in complexity, allowing us to customize this service completely to our customers’ specifications.
With a long list of SKUs, special shipping requirements, and other logistics demands, program management is often an integral part of a successful supply chain for home goods order fulfillment. Hollingsworth’s program management services offer the support, communication, and dedicated resources to ensure accuracy and timeliness with every order. We customize our program management to fulfill the unique needs of each customer, offering the direct compatibility and full service that each home goods manufacturer or distributor needs.
Damages in transport or shipment, defective parts, and surplus inventory are all potential occasions that result in returns. Whether we’re facilitating the re-integration of your products back to the warehouse to optimize storage of your inventory assets, coordinating repairs to restore defective or broken products for resale, or managing recycling or disposal of irreparable items, our reverse logistics services provide the returns management support that our customers in the home goods industry require.
Due to weight, bulk, and other factors, shipping and transportation are expensive aspects of doing business in the home goods industry. Hollingsworth helps to ensure cost-effectiveness and overhead management to minimize this expense for our customers in this industry. With dozens of locations throughout the U.S., we can usually ensure delivery to almost any national destination within two to three days. These strategically located distribution centers help to optimize fuel consumption and shorten transportation timelines as well.