3 Common Failures of Manual Fulfillment and How to Rectify Them

In running a small or medium-sized e-commerce business, one of the biggest challenges that you’ll need to overcome is how to handle the logistics of fulfillment. At the end of the day, you want to make sure that your product is getting into the hands of your buyers in an efficient and safe way. Oftentimes, companies are left to figure out these logistics on their own, and many look to manual fulfillment options. What are some of the shortcomings that come with going this route?


A manual fulfillment system requires workers to pretty much handle everything. They need to keep one eye on incoming orders while the other eye hunts for products on shelves. One hand is trying to fit your products into shipping containers while the other is frantically scrambling to run your business and grow your sales. It’s no wonder that manual fulfillment leads to a ton of inefficiencies and unnecessary delays.

Missed Orders

The last thing you want is a critical review from a customer who ordered and paid but ended up receiving the wrong product, or perhaps even receiving nothing at all! Manual fulfillment systems risk accidentally missing some orders in the frantic shuffle to ensure everything is where it needs to be. 

Lowers Profit Margins

Because you are busy sifting through orders and piling products into shipping containers, you won’t have time to get the best possible quotes on shipping costs. In many cases, getting proper quotes requires dedicated time and energy spent visiting the various competitors and identifying which one best meets your needs. Not to mention, time is money, and oftentimes your time as an entrepreneur is better spent working on your business and piling all your time into fulfillment can hamper growth. 

What’s the Solution?

Many of these issues that arise from a manual fulfillment system are addressed by Shedpoint’s logistics and fulfillment coordinator. Workers can get notified instantly of new orders, and pricing for shipping can be done in the background or simultaneously.

Shedpoint understands the unique needs and challenges that up-and-coming e-commerce entrepreneurs struggle with. That’s why when you join Shedpoint as a member, you gain access to a specialized logistics and fulfillment coordinator who is ready to help walk you through every step of the process. Our coordinator is well versed in all aspects of fulfillment, from handling orders to shopping for the best shipping quotes. We handle these logistics to leave you time to focus on growing your business and improving your products. See what Shedpoint is all about by booking a tour of our facilities today!

Common Failures of Manual Fulfillment