Global eCommerce Drop Shipping Runs on OPAL’s Supply Chain Cloud Platform

My Top Priorities

  • Building my drop ship business
  • Getting connected to my Sales Channel
  • Eliminate EDI per transaction cost
  • Bringing down order processing cost
  • Processing more orders every day
  • Getting higher picker / packer productivity
  • Automating my shipping process

Make or Break Metrics

  • Order Accuracy
  • Fulfillment Speed
  • Missed Sales Opportunity
  • Order Cancellation
  • Inventory Feed
  • Process Compliance

Driving Down the Cost

  • Making drop shipment viable and profitable
  • Keeping up with eCommerce speed
  • Eliminating human touches and dependency
  • Stopping under-selling or over-selling
  • Using Smart / No touch / Self Driving technology
  • Growing without additional Human Resources

What Are Your Organization’s Top Challenges?

EDI or API is required to connect with sales channels and partners.  Third party document charges, or manual portal logins, are an ongoing cost to exchange data.

OPAL connects to any partner in your omni-channel ecosystem.

Data is included with OPAL and connects to any partner (retailer, logistics, distributor, or manufacturer) within your omni-channel ecosystem without additional document charges.

Order Management is challenging with so many processing bottlenecks.  Hiring and training new employees is costly and challenging to find, and scaling upward increases errors.

OPAL processes without manual intervention required.

It works 24/7 and reduces human error and easily scales to whatever capacity is needed without the need of hiring additional staff – even in peak seasons. Your team only needs to pick, pack and ship!

Order Management is challenging with so many processing bottlenecks.  Hiring and training new employees is costly and challenging to find, and scaling upward increases errors.

OPAL processes without manual intervention required.

It works 24/7 and reduces human error and easily scales to whatever capacity is needed without the need of hiring additional staff – even in peak seasons. Your team only needs to pick, pack and ship!

Warehouse Productivity is maxed out.
Inefficient process, ongoing bottlenecks, delayed shipments and inaccurate inventory counts make it impossible to run an efficient and accurate warehouse.

OPAL increases the number of shipments per day by 25-50%.

Undelivered packages reduce to less than 1% and automation minimizes the time and motion required by pickers. 

OPAL assigns warehouses, maintains item inventory, and generates optimized pick lists. It also optimizes bin locations, quantities, and put away item activities; manages SKU liquidation and returns; and, optimizes pre-packing, brown boxes, and pick routing.

Shipping is more complex than ever.
Feeding data, receiving tracking numbers, optimizing shipping costs, tracking small packages, and tracking LTL shipments with the extra expense of software.

OPAL connects with all shipping carriers.

Create packages with weight, packing slips, shipping labels or bills of lading, as well as optimize shipping costs and track packages through your carrier without human intervention through OPAL.

How Is Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Still Relevant In 2021? | Opal
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Shipping is more complex than ever.
Feeding data, receiving tracking numbers, optimizing shipping costs, tracking small packages, and tracking LTL shipments with the extra expense of software.

OPAL connects with all shipping carriers.

Create packages with weight, packing slips, shipping labels or bills of lading, as well as optimize shipping costs and track packages through your carrier without human intervention through OPAL.

Make or Break Metrics

Simply average performance limits your ability to grow.  Order accuracy and speed shortens your Stated Customer Delivery Days and drives PO growth with sales channels. It significantly improves your scorecard with them as well, increasing your vendor ranking and visibility to consumers.

OPAL has in depth knowledge of each of your sales channels and is configured to meet the expectations of each one.  While each has varying metrics that you are required to meet, the following are used by the most sophisticated and competitive retailers in the market today.

ScalabilityAbility to Meet Metrics During Peak Periods  
Orders Shipped in One Business Day70%+  
Average Business Ship Days<2 Days
Percent of Orders Shipped by the Expected Ship Date98%+
On-Time Delivery95%+
Customer incident Performance <1%
Missed sales opportunities – oversold or undersold<5%
Current Inventory Sent At Least Each Hour
Order Confirmation SentWithin 12 Hours of Order Receipt
ASN SentWithin 4 Hours of Shipment
Invoice SentWithin 4 Hours of Shipment

Driving Down the Cost of Doing Business
And Increasing Your Return on Investment

Major Cost Contributors to Order Processing, Shipping & Warehouse Management Include:

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EDI

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Labor

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Infrastructure and Custom Systems

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Receiving, Creating, Sending, Sorting and Managing of all Documents Related to Order Processing, Shipping and Warehouse Management

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Labeling and Scanning

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Scheduling, Acknowledgment and Tracking

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Cancellations, Returns and Replacements

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Number of System Human Touch Points

In Addition, Other Factors to Consider Include:

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Cost of Mistakes in Order Fulfillment Errors like wrong product shipped, incorrect address and delayed shipment seriously damage your reputation and scorecard with sales channels.

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Inaccurate Inventory Feeds Providing retailers with inaccurate inventory feeds set you up for understocking or overstocking representation to retailers and consumers, and may result in overselling inventory that you do not have on hand and damaging your reputation and scorecard with sales channels.

Warehouse productivity is critical for on-time shipments.
Fast and accurate order fulfillment creates opportunity for new customer growth.

Return on Investment with Opal

OPAL drives down the cost of doing business and pays for itself.  It enables you to grow and process and ship more orders each day without hiring and training more personnel to accomplish it.

Simplicity of Using OPAL

With OPAL, little to no manual input is required, processing 95% of orders without ever touching the computer.  In fact, most OPAL users do not even log in for days at a time because everything is managed for them behind the scenes.

Of course there are multiple screens, where needed, to manage the 5% or less of orders that require a human brain to resolve them, but these are the only things that you will interact with the remaining 95% of the time.  

As you log in to OPAL you will see this screen.  It tells you all of the processes operating in the background and their status.

Anything in GREEN is operating normally.  Anything in RED is an exception and requires intervention.

As your orders are retrieved from each of your sales channels and inventory availability is confirmed, these warehouse documents are generated, batched and sent to the Warehouse Manager for printing.

Pick, pack and ship is all that’s left for the warehouse team! It’s that simple!

TAKE A LOOK

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CASE STUDIES

Outdoor Furniture Supplier

OPAL has allowed us to increase

our number of orders processed daily by three fold….all while keeping the same staff that we had prior to OPAL.

Home Furnishings Supplier

Our resources that we allocated for order entry and shipping label creation opened up for us to use them in other areas. Our trading partners quickly saw the capacity increase in our fulfillment process and we were able to secure a larger number of orders.

Pet Product Supplier

We have been able to scale the business without adding staff. In the pre-Opal days we were handling approximately 200 orders a week with much effort and labor costs.  With Opal we’ve been able to increase our business and now we regularly process over 1,000 orders weekly with the staff redeployed to sales generation activities rather than order processing efforts.

Kitchen and Bath Décor Supplier

Our team is now able to process more orders in less time than before. The automation also provides peace of mind, as our team is unable to fulfill the same order twice, or fulfill an order with the wrong item. Inventory tracking is also much easier.

Home Improvement Product Supplier

The Opal system gives me the freedom to accept and process as many orders as I want each day, where I was limited to accepting a certain amount of orders due to processing ability.

Office Materials Supplier

We dramatically reduced processing time per order (measured from time we took shipping labels off the printer to posting payments in A/R).  Our end to end processing time was reduced to 2 to 2.5 minutes per transaction vs 10-12mins before OPAL.

Sound too good to be true?  We hear that a lot!

Book a Demo now and see how OPAL can run your business.

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