Organic products have been playing a major role in retail for quite some time now and with the increasing importance of e-commerce, more and more online merchants are also selling organic products across various verticals. Popular examples can be found in food and beverage, cosmetics, and nowadays even pet food. Selling organic products is usually perceived as an indicator of quality by online shoppers which helps retailers to differentiate their products from competitors.
Selling organic products is not only challenging when it comes to procurement but also with regard to the fulfillment of organic products. There are a few standards and requirements that need to be followed across the supply chain processes which we are going to explain in this article.
The fulfillment of organic products is about the specifications that need to be considered when inbounding, storing, packing, picking, and shipping organic products. Such products are in many cases food products, supplements, pet food, and cosmetic products and have a specific LOT tracking number and expiry date.
Lot Tracking enables users to track so-called batches along the entire supply chain with the help of identification labels. Lot Tracking thus enables the tracking of products from the supplier, across storage in a logistics center, all the way to shipping and receipt by the end customer. As such, Lot Tracking helps you achieve an end-to-end overview.
The standards ensure that any mixing or exchange of organic products with non-organic products is prevented. Furthermore, the identification of organic products shall be ensured. This applies to the transport to the warehouse, the storage in the fulfillment center, and the fulfillment as well as the dispatch of orders.
To be in a position to ship organic products, the following requirements need to be met:
byrd has a strong pan-European fulfillment network and provides a tech-enabled and scalable fulfillment solution for e-commerce businesses. Amongst its logistics network, the 3PL company also provides access to organic certified fulfillment centers. In the following we explain how the fulfillment of organic products with byrd works:
byrd, as an e-commerce fulfillment partner, needs an organic certificate from the customers or the producer/supplier in order to be prepared in case there is an inspection.
When creating new products in byrd’s cloud-based fulfillment software, the merchant needs to mark the products as organic and enable LOT tracking. To make products easily identifiable we recommend adjusting the naming accordingly as you can see in the screenshot.
The counting of delivered organic products to the warehouse is mandatory. Moreover, the delivery note has to be attached to the delivery and needs to fulfill the following requirements:
When the delivery arrives, the warehouse needs to make sure that it is not damaged or contaminated.
The transport must be carried out in such a way that manipulation/exchange of products is excluded. All warehouse workers must be instructed in the handling of organic products and the respective storage areas must be clearly marked. Furthermore, appropriate hygiene measures must be carried out regularly and documented.
As soon as byrd receives an order that includes organic products, our tech-enabled fulfillment solution will make sure that orders are handled accordingly to meet consumers’ expectations.
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