Why Do I Need to Provide a PO?

  Some of our clients may wonder why we are asking that a Purchase Order, or PO, be provided everytime they send us product. Why can't the warehouse just receive a product and add it to inventory, without the extra fuss and bother? A PO is beneficial to all parties involved. The client who is purchasing product, the vendor, and ShipZOOM as the fulfillment center. One important thing to remember is that a PO is not an invoice. Invoices and POs are both important, but serve separate purposes. For today's discussion, we refer to invoices, but they are not the same form. A purchase order (PO) is created by the buyer, and outlines exactly what they expect to receive. An invoice  is issued by a vendor or supplier who requests payment.  What are 7 Benefits of Using POs? (aka, How a PO Helps YOU, the Client) has given some very good reasons to implement a PO system for your business.      1. They help prevent duplicate orders With a small business, it may not be difficu

SKU Creation Best Practices

You've got a product and you are ready to sell.  If only it were that easy. There are a million little steps to get you from having a product to actually selling it. Some of those little steps can take up a lot of time and too much energy; SKU creation should not be one of those. Here is a list of 5 SKU creation best practices that will help to take the headache out of determining the perfect SKUs for your products. 1. Create a company acronym If you need to specify the name of a company (yours or a company you work with), it's always helpful to create an abbreviation or acronym that can be utilized uniformly throughout all of your SKUs.   EXAMPLE: ShipZOOM can be shortened to Shpzm or SZ. It is still easy to understand and can be easily added to any SKU. But choose only one and use it consistently, if you switch back and forth it will cause unnecessary confusion. 2. Order words according to their importance Start with the broadest/ most important information about the product

3 Secrets for Amazingly Simple SKU Creation

What is a SKU anyway?   SKU stands for “Stock Keeping Unit”. It’s basically an alphanumeric product code that helps you track and search your inventory. The SKUs that you create are important for not only your company but also for any company that works with or handles your product (think about any manufacturer, warehouse, or shipping and fulfillment companies you work with). For this reason, it’s important that every SKU you create is easy to understand, consistent, and very specific. Likely, your fulfillment partner handles thousands of different products. The easier your SKUs are to understand, the easier it will be for them to handle your products. This helps them to avoid mis-ships and to more accurately keep inventory. In the end, this leads to happier customers, a healthier relationship with your fulfillment partner, and accurate inventory reporting that allows you to efficiently restock. In other words, less headache and more bang for your buck. Even if your company is small no