Your small team of employees shares many responsibilities, including front office duties—product development, marketing, managing customer relationships—and back office tasks like kitting and order fulfillment. As such, your operational model probably involves ad hoc divisions of labor based on what needs to get done on a given day. Today’s business strategist, as an example, may very well be tomorrow’s box packer.
If you look to e-commerce giants like Amazon as role models, you might think it best to strive toward total separation of your front and back office operations. After all, larger companies typically keep office and warehouse staff completely separate: Front office teams may be located states away from the back office staff that are fulfilling orders and stocking shelves.
But as a small business, you’ll enjoy significant advantages—from smoother procedures to speedier processes—if you keep your front office and back office operations in close proximity to each other. And there’s a great way to do so, too: shared warehousing, a logistical solution wherein businesses make use of a single space as an all-in-one workshop, traditional office, and fulfillment center.
Below are the three main reasons why combining front office and back office operations at a shared warehousing facility can improve your emergent business:
For many small businesses, merging front and back office operations through shared warehousing solutions can be the key to faster, smoother, cheaper, and more pleasant operations. Intrigued? Learn more here.
Saltbox is the Modern Warehouse for digital commerce companies. With our purpose-built network of flexible warehouses in major metropolitan areas across the country (currently open in Dallas, Seattle and Atlanta with many more about to open this year), we are powering the ecommerce economy and the next generation of entrepreneurs by democratizing access to essential operations and logistics infrastructure. From flexible and smartly designed warehouse and office suites to on-demand services like our Elastic Workforce, Fulfillment, and even photography studios Saltbox solves some of the most critical challenges ecommerce entrepreneurs face when starting, growing, and scaling their businesses.