Order Fulfillment – The Process Involved

If you look for the meaning of Order fulfillment in a business dictionary you will find that it is a sequence of procedures involved in fulfilling the needs of the purchaser. In the broader context it is a process of events that are carried out to execute the customers’ purchases and the steps involved in carrying out these events are as follows:

Product Inquiry: This is the initial inquiry about the product that you have available to the clients. They can do this on your website and they will be informed about the products. They will find a Catalogue with all the products available to them and then they can search for their desired product.

Sales quote: A sales quote is a guideline of the price of the products they wish to purchase and will enable the buyer to work out the budget involved.

Order configuration: Once the sales budget is decided upon this is the next step involved. It is the process where the products are finalised and selected depending upon the customers’ requirements.

Order Booking: This is the official document that confirms the booking made by consumers and is issued to them

Order Acknowledgment/Confirmation: This is the confirmation or acknowledgment that confirms that you have received the order and that it is being processed.

Invoicing: This is the paperwork that will set out the actual cost of the goods to the client according to their requirements.

Order Sourcing/ Planning: This is the process that is to be carried out to find the products and prepare them to be delivered to the client.

Order changes: This is the process that is carried out to make any amendments, should the purchaser change his mind about his requirements.

Order Processing: Once the order has been confirmed it is then processed at the warehouse or place where it is stored where it is then packed and delivered to the purchaser.

Shipment: This refers to the transportation and shipment needed in delivering the products.

Delivery: This refers to the final delivery of the products to the customers.

Settlement and Returns: This involves the settlement of the invoice once the delivery has been received and should the goods be unacceptable or not required then they can be returned using the returns procedures.

Plan Your Blog For Your Future

I have been using Blogger as my blogging platform for 1 year already, and I must say that this has been a mistake all along. Blogger is not as flexible as any other self-hosted blogs or has as many useful widgets like WordPress, and Blogger is not so SEO friendly too. Why am I telling you this? Its because I have failed to do one thing before everything else started:

I failed to plan

Planning is an important factor of blogging if you are seriously going to make it earn for you. You have to do your research thoroughly beforehand, and ask yourself questions like ‘What kind of blog will I be making so that I can earn optimally?’ ‘What security measures must I adopt to protect my blog from hackers or malicious softwares?’ or ‘Which niche will I choose?’ Lets go through step-by-step to what I am trying to say here.

‘What kind of blog will I be making so that I can earn optimally?’

I will mention 2 types of blog today, and those are:

1. the normal blog with Google AdSense installed
You can make a normal blog with Google AdSense installed without spending any money at all, and setup is really easy. You can earn from this kind of blog by writing content interesting enough to make readers feel compelled to click on the ads on your blog, earning us a few cents per click. There are many resources on the web which tells you how to earn more from just blogging, but at the end of the day your earnings won’t be as much as an eCommerce blog.

2. an eCommerce blog.
An eCommerce blog is a blog that buy and sell goods online, be it business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C) or consumer-to-consumer (C2C). Often this kind of blog is harder to make because as consumers may use credit card to purchase our goods online, we must be able to gain their trust because credit card fraud is rampant on the internet. There are many eCommerce consulting agencies on the net and you can always get help from leading ones, for example such as ECommercePartners. These interactive agencies provide eCommerce solutions to a wide variety of fields including fashion web design and many others. An eCommerce blog can earn you large sums of money at times but its earnings may not be as frequent as normal blogs with Google AdSense installed.

‘What security measures must I adopt to protect my blog from hackers or malicious softwares?’

Hackers can hack our blogs through advance methods like XML injection and such, but if your blogging platforms already provide you with the basic security measures then you won’t have to worry about it so much. What you should worry about is how hackers can still use the primitive method of hacking and ruining your blog for good:

1. Weak passwords
Your admin password must be strong; it must contain a mixture of small letters, capital letters and numbers. It is also not advisable to use your name, your birthday or even words from the dictionary as your password. Hackers today have advance programs which will expose your passwords to them in no time if you have these common passwords.

2. Weak anti-virus / internet security softwares
Even though your blogging platforms have some of the security measures already adopted to fend off hackers, it is still suggested that you have internet security programs installed too. Hackers can use spywares to retrieve sensitive information while you are typing your password out on your keyboard so today, I will be introducing to you the antivirus program called ZSecurity. It can provide extensive internet security and anti-spyware capabilities so do get your own copy.

‘Which niche will I choose?’

You should choose a niche with a large target audience and one which you can update about everyday. By doing so, a large amount of traffic will come to your blog. You will also be able to update everyday, so these visitors will come back frequently for more information.

That’s it for my post. Do plan your blog carefully. That’s all, c u

With Social Media Marketing, More is More

That which is less complicated is often better understood and more appreciated than what is more complicated; simplicity is preferable to complexity; brevity in communication is more effective than verbosity. This came straight from Wiki dictionary, and I agree that at times, less is more. However, when it comes to social media marketing, less is less and more is more!

Today I was reviewing Garrett Pierson’s Building Social Equity 2.0 when I realized that understanding how to access Facebook and Twitter isn’t enough. There are twenty modules to increase our social marketing skills – not two!

Sites like Weebly, Scribd, gather, Zimbo, HubPages and Squidoo are just the tip of the iceberg! Technorati and StumbleUpon are also valuable sites to increase our visibility and the recognition of not just our brand, but also our products and services. And there’s more!

Think of the value of LinkedIn, for example. Your social marketing equity can go through the roof by joining with other professionals who have similar interests to you! First you’re linked with three or four other e-commerce or business entrepreneurs, but before long, you’ll have three or four thousand.

So, say you send an article about a sale you are having on your fantastic product or service to your Facebook fan page. That’s great! If you and your friends have lots of friends, you can attract a lot of attention that way. Many successful social media marketing campaigns have done incredibly well on Facebook.

You see, I’m not saying you don’t use Facebook, I’m saying that you should also look at combining tons of other social media sites to your advertising campaigns! Garrett Pierson’s Building Social Equity 2.0 can give you the tools to not only find those additional social sites, but also key and specific tools on how to best take advantage of those sites!

How about EzineArticles or PR web? Those sites are made for people who are looking for specific products or services or information. If you don’t give online consumers what they are looking for where they are looking for it, your competitors will.

Social media marketing is about finding people who don’t know how to find you, they just know what they need. If your business is among the list of options available when they type in keywords that relate to your site, chances are that they will visit your site and purchase your products or services.

So visit social media marketing sites like FeedBurner, MyBlogLog, reddit, and Delicious. Open a WordPress Blog and start writing articles for it. The key, remember, is to take advantage of as many opportunities as you can to reach as many potential clients or consumers as you can.

Although the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a minimalism, coined the phrase, “less is more”, it’s hard to think that even he believed it was true. He not only never shorted his name to just “Lud”, but also left us all five of his names for us to try to remember.

Sure, a short story is more convenient than a novel, and as Ludwig noted, a picture is worth a thousand words, but when it comes to social media marketing, more is more!