Indianapolis, IN -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/29/2015 -- Behind the arrival of every subscription box is a well-orchestrated chain of events that delivers the customer experience while managing costs. The fulfillment process starts with receiving components, sourcing packaging, and assembling everything together in a box that represents the brand appropriately, with final consideration given to the shipping method used to deliver the box to a customer's doorstep. There are several key drivers in the back-end fulfillment of subscription boxes that are all interrelated and affect the fulfillment process.
3PL News noted the need to consider the kitting and assembly process. One of the largest influences on packaging is the various components of the subscription box and how they will be kitted. The number of different products (or stock keeping units 'SKUs'), product size, and fragility all contribute to packaging considerations and also affect the kitting and assembly process. A typical subscription box will contain 4 - 6 SKUs. To control cost and speed time-to-market, box variation is kept to a minimum, with the most simplistic approach being every subscriber receives the same box every month. This provides the lowest assembly cost and quickest turn-around. However, as the market becomes more sophisticated and competitive, providers are adding variation. The fulfillment process must adapt with a flexible assembly process and IT systems in place to process, sort, and ship growing monthly variety.
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