Kitting and assembly is a fulfillment service that is offered by most 3PL (third party logistics) companies. The service involves taking separate items of a product and grouping them together into one package, or a “kit”. Then the kit is delivered to be assembled at the production operation.
The reason this service is handled by 3PL companies is because a certain knowledge and expertise is needed to receive an order, pull from inventory, and assemble a kit with 100% accuracy. PrintBindShip can provide you with the kitting and assembly services and save your company time, money and extra effort.
What Is Included In The Kitting Process?
“Kitting” is the product bundling phase of the process. During this step, there is an assembly of separate pieces of a product that are combined into one complete unit. Completed kits are stored in your inventory and mapped to a specific SKU (stock keeping unit). The SKU of the kit as a whole unit is distinguishable from the SKU of the individual products included within the kit.
What Is Included In The Assembly Process?
“Assembly” is the process in which all of the components of the kit are arranged and readied for shipment. With modern fulfillment companies, assembly lines are used to perform the assembly process in large quantities. With a 3PL company, this process is typically covered by each member of a team executing one particular task. The product is sent down the line from worker to worker until the product is finished.
Print Bind Ship’s Kitting and Assembly Process
Print Bind Ship’s kitting and assembling process allows your company to provide customers with unique solutions to their evolving needs. We work with companies to assemble their items to the exact specifications provided. We share the joy of knowing that we helped your customers receive a great, custom experience. Here are the steps we take to ensure your company, as well as your customer’s satisfaction.
Step 1: Print Bind Ship Consultation
We offer free consultations to see how we can service your company best. In this process, we will discuss what your products are that you wish to kit and assemble, what your expected volume is, and what your ultimate goals are.
We will suggest packaging and how our services can help impact your brand and your costs. Feel free to call or email to set up a good time to review your options with a consultation.
Step 2: Sending Your Products
If you have products that you wish to be kitted and assembled, all you have to do is simply send them to us. The rest will be handled by our experienced and professional team members. We will receive and safely store your products in our inventory while we are awaiting orders.
Step 3: Kitting Your Products
Kitting and Assembling your company’s products is one of our specialties. Whether it’s beauty products, educational materials, books or other promotional materials — we can handle that!
We have space to set up multiple order runs to securely package your items so they are safe and create a unique unboxing experience for your customers.
Step 4: Fulfilling Your Orders
We’ll walk you through the process of linking your eCommerce platform to our in house software. This lets us receive your order notifications 24 hours a day, allows you to view where we are in the process, and most importantly, allows you to see who is buying your product.
Kitting is an ideal method to use, especially in the eCommerce industry. The benefits of kitting and assembly services are that it allows for orders to be fulfilled faster and cheaper, assists in controlling inventory and improves productivity. For these reasons, many industries send their customer kits and they are extremely popular with online sellers. Here are some of the most popular examples of kits.
New Product Launches
If you have a new product that has many separate items, kitting and assembling will be able to take your launch to a higher level.
By enlisting the services of a 3PL company, you can piece together a brand new product with efficiency. The way this comes together can be tailored to your company’s specific needs. New products can be a little bit difficult to handle logistically, this is why using a 3PL company is recommended.
Fitness Workbooks & Journals
The fitness industry has taken advantage of kitting and assembling for quite some time and is one of Print Bind Ship’s strong points.
In these kits, there is usually a fitness item or piece of equipment, a workbook, a workout journal, or perhaps an exercise DVD all in one bundle. These are popular with customers as they provide more bang for than just purchasing a DVD by itself for example.
Self Improvement Kits
Companies that provide self improvement products, such as skincare, cosmetic or essential oils excel at this type of service. Their individual products are typically small by themselves. When they kit and assemble them together, awesome products can be created to match a wide variety of customer needs. For example, a cosmetic kit can include everything you would need for a full face of makeup.
Corporate Gifts & Promotions
If companies are looking for giveaways for promotional efforts, there may not be a better way to do it. Custom corporate gifts are not just a great way to show off your company’s logo. They can provide cool corporate gifts, unique company swag and a great way to promote your business positively.
Print Bind Ship for Your Kitting Needs
3PL companies such as Print Bind Ship are geared towards working on all aspects of fulfillment to benefit your business. In terms of kitting and assembly, if your company tries to manage this it could be extremely time consuming and expensive.
Your company may not be equipped to handle the inventory storage as well, or it could be expensive to find a warehouse to work with. Another overlooked aspect is that you may have to deal with returns which can be complicated and overwhelming.
Print Bind Ship is equipped to help with all of the facets involved with the kitting and assembly process.