The fulfillment process for health and beauty products is different from other industries as there are specialized requirements regarding the storing and transporting of these items. We have listed four indispensable aspects that contribute to a successful cosmetic fulfillment center.
- High Volume: In peak sales times, like holidays or promotional periods, beauty products are in high demand. In most cases, cosmetics fulfillment entails managing a high volume of very small, delicate products. Consequently, managing the inventory, labeling, and pick & pack process requires a high-level of expertise. Cosmetic goods often require specialized assortment, customized gift wrapping, and/or store-specific packaging, making a proven fulfillment process essential to their timely and accurate delivery.
- Temperature & Handling Restrictions: The vast majority of cosmetic products require specialized storage amenities such as temperature controlled environments, updated sprinkler systems and ceiling clearance. In some instances, cosmetic products require professionals with qualified expertise to store and distribute the products.
- Navigate Licenses: In addition to the standard warehouse and hoisting licenses required to operate a warehouse, you must also be certified to accept cosmetics products into your building. There are many organizations and government agencies that require licensing, including the Department of Transportation, OSHA and the Federal Drug Administration. Any employee who handles, packages or comes into contact with these products must be trained and certified.
- On Time Delivery at Competitive Cost: The beauty industry is heavily driven by marketing. In order to minimize disruptions in service and service failures, marketing strategies must be planned in conjunction with logistics. When logistics companies can prepare for peak marketing events, it drives improvements timely and accurate delivery. Additionally, the logistics side can operate at a much more cost effective manner when it is not in a “reactionary mode."