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Do you run a business that sells home and garden items? Do you find the storage or shipping of your items quite difficult? There are many unique challenges for home and gardening businesses, as items can vary from small appliances to huge outdoor furniture or tools. There will be many items you sell that are delicate and need to be handled with care, and also items which need special packaging. With summer on the horizon, your business is likely to be going into its highest demand period, and therefore your inventory management and fulfilment is about to become 10x harder, and here at GNOC we want to help you. This blogpost will look into the key benefits to partnering up with a 3PL, and how it can help your business grow.

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What is 3PL?

Third-party logistics is using a third-party company to fulfil your orders, as well as keep your stock in their warehouse. Your chosen 3PL will pick, pack, and ship your orders to your customers as soon as they come in, saving you time and money. No need to worry about logistics as your 3PL’s will take care of it all. Your chosen 3PL will be able to track logistics through various integration, so if you sell on Shopify, Amazon, TikTok or even Etsy, they will be able to track your orders, stock and returns.

 

Home and Gardening

There is no doubt that home and garden appliances is an industry that is always high in demand, and therefore keeping track of your stock and orders may become a lot harder as your business grows. Since Covid19, people are spending more money on home and garden items, in order to vamp up their homes, and with the rise of social media platforms like TikTok, the use of DIY home or garden items has increased as people start their own projects.

In 2024, the UK is expected to see a 20% increase in growth for the UK garden market and it is expected to be worth up to £5bn this year. This is great news for businesses in this market as we can expect people to spend more on items that will make their homes or gardens look nicer.

 

Your Focus

With the home and garden market, products are constantly evolving, and you must ensure you’re keeping up with social and demographic trends to keep up with your competitors. For example, there has been a huge increase in colourful appliances and furniture for your home and it's key you’re always evolving your ranges of colours to ensure they can suit all of your customers homes. Your focus should be heavily on market research, and specifically which countries you are selling in. What is popular in the US, may not be in the UK.

Home accounts have seen a huge increase on both Instagram and TikTok, and the rise of ‘home influencers’ is something you may want to take a huge focus on. Investing your time into influencers and UGC content could help surge your sales significantly. Focusing on the aesthetic of the products you sell, as well as making sure they are safe and valuable for home use.

 

Why choose 3PL and GNOC?

Partnering up with a 3PL could be the best solution to helping your business grow. As the industry grows, and your demand begins to grow too, it may feel like you are overwhelmed with orders and even space in your warehouse. This is where 3PL can come in to help, as you will no longer need to worry about warehousing space or costs, staffing prices or being unable to fulfil orders (as a 3PL will do this all for you).

Here at GNOC, we are a trusted 3PL provider that ensures your orders will be sent out fast and safely, as we want your customers to be satisfied. We can keep up with demand and have years of experience in eCommerce to ensure that we are giving your customers the best service possible.

With any delicate items that need to be shipped, we ensure the packaging and shipping is done as safely and securely as possible with our trusted couriers. No matter how big or small your products are, we will ensure they are shipped out safely to your customers.

Why not enquire today and let us know your business needs. We can help you begin to scale your business and grow.

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Post by Isobel Marriner
May 09, 2024