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During crowdfunding campaign, the backers who support a project also want something in return; a little appreciation of their efforts is not out of line. This is where crowdfunding fulfillment comes in. Crowdfunding fulfillment is the last stage of any crowdfunding campaign; it involves fulfilling the promises made to backers.

With all the excitement of launching a crowdfunding campaign, crowd funders often forget to plan for fulfillment. This is one of the biggest mistakes one could make in crowdfunding and can affect the success of the campaign.  Here are some things you need to know about crowdfunding fulfillment:

Fulfillment Planning

Crowdfunding fulfillment is so important that preparation should start long before you even launch your campaign. You need to calculate and have an idea of cost, how much work, or time everything will take beforehand. As a crowd funder, what kind of rewards do you want to give your backers, think about the essential features you must have on them, and the cost of one. Also, try and estimate the manufacturing and shipping costs of these rewards to your backers accurately. With this, crowdfunding fulfillment gets easy when you reach the phase.

Keeping the Rewards Simple

Imagine your rewards are in the form of t-shirts. Getting four different t-shirt designs on six colors of shirts with varying locations of print can be a bit complicated for your backers and even time consuming for you – the crowd funder. If you want to offer four sizes, with six colors, and three different designs – you are now on the hook to get 72 different items rewards. While variety is the spice of life, it’s best to make everything simple for yourself and the backers. One or two variables is often straightforward for backers to choose from, and also make your manufacturing and delivery time faster.

Duties and Taxes

Charges such as import duties and taxes need to be carefully mapped out and considered. Shipping the rewards to your backers can not be free, when you ship something to another country, you or your customer may be asked to pay additional duties and taxes before the shipment is delivered. These charges can vary per country; this is why it is necessary planning for them. Also, you should consider informing overseas customers that they may have to pay these fees to their local authority during claiming. Luckily, many online resources and calculators can be used in calculating all these costs, with multiple countries options.

Packaging

This is another essential part of crowdfunding fulfillment that is worth knowing. The sooner you understand your needs, the easier it becomes to make designs, packaging decisions, and incorporating packaging costs into your budget. Yes! Careful packaging can even lower the cost of your shipping at times. If your product can be folded or disassembled in such a way that the quality is not affected, it will fit in a smaller package, thereby lowering shipping costs. Also, items should not be too tight or too loose; if they are too loose, extras like goodies and bubbles can be added to fill up space.  How about the price of the package itself? The price of packaging can vary according to size, design, and materials. All these should be taken into consideration for your crowdfunding fulfillment.  

Staff and Warehousing Costs

You can either do crowdfunding fulfillment on your own or give it out to a fulfillment company to handle on your behalf. Whatever the option you are using, you’ll have to pay for these costs in one way or the other. If you are going to be handling the fulfillment, then you need to consider factors such as staff costs and warehousing costs since you will probably have to hire few people and a place to store the products before shipping.

Knowing Which Countries You’ll Be Shipping To

Most crowdfunding platforms are global, and people from around the world support most successful campaigns. Donations from around the world are where you can get more inflow, and at the same time, where you can really lose money when it comes to delivering your rewards. This is why you need to know which countries the rewards will be shipped to when it is time for fulfillment. When you know the countries you will be shipping to, it helps in projecting and budgeting costs for shipping locally, and internationally.

Calculating Shipping Costs

This deals with having prior knowledge of your shipping costs before fulfillment even begins. Some factors and shipping options may influence shipping costs; some of these factors are dimensions and weight rules, transit times, rate, shipping methods, and many others. Calculating shipping costs involve taking into consideration all of these factors, and finding an estimate for the shipping costs of your rewards, then putting this estimate in your plan or campaign budget.

Safety Margin

Simply put, this process involves mitigating against various risks in order to avoid disappointment during crowdfunding fulfillment. Challenges during production, unexpected issues can come up. To be on the safer side and maintain your backers’ trust, adding a safety margin is necessary. This can be ensured by adding extra cost or time to your budget to cater for any unexpected situation.

Because crowdfunding fulfillment comes last doesn’t make it any less important. In actual fact, it is a crucial phase of crowdfunding. Without it, a crowdfunding campaign cannot be said to be completed. Crowdfunding fulfillment can be an exciting phase if done well, and luckily, above are all there is to know about it!

For more information about our crowdfunding fulfillment services, contact us today at Fulfillman. We specialize in picking, packing, and shipping backer rewards and products of different sizes and shapes. Our services are prompt, detailed, and highly reliable. Our dedicated team will be available to speak with you and provide suitable answers to your questions and concerns. When it comes to handling the logistical aspect of your crowdfunding campaign, you can always count on us for outstanding and unparalleled services.


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A crowdfunding project is deemed finished only when every backer has received their rewards; this is why crowdfunding fulfillment is known as the last and important part of the crowdfunding campaign.

Crowdfunding project owners often forget or take this important phase of crowdfunding like a pinch of salt, which shouldn’t be so. Taking crowdfunding fulfillment lightly may lead to an unsuccessful campaign if the backers that supported you throughout the campaign didn’t get any rewards in return. When dealing with crowdfunding fulfillment, effective planning and management are needed. Below are some of the tips in managing crowdfunding fulfillment and shipping for your backers’ rewards:

Consider the Reward Fulfillment Solution from The Start

One of the most common mistakes crowd funders make is not considering fulfillment costs, shipping, and other contingencies associated with fulfillment from the start. Many times, the results of this action are not always good, as crowd funders may find themselves in a bad situation when there is very little money, and time left for them to ship rewards to their supporters.

Get the Rewards In

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This deals with the process and cost of getting whatever rewards you want to give your backers from the production site, or wherever you’ll ship it from. If you are getting these products or rewards from a manufacturer or supplier, then ensure fees like freight fees, inbound shipping, and production cost are included in your plan.

Storing Products or Rewards

After you must have gotten the products or rewards from the manufacturer, where will you keep them until it’s time to ship? Or probably you are the manufacturer of these rewards, where are you planning on keeping them.

Although storing products might not be a biggie, especially if you are giving out a small batch of rewards, as you can easily store at your home. But it might become an issue when it comes to large scale storing. Therefore, whatever the method of storing products, it is best to consider this factor, and include it in your plan.

Packaging

Careful planning is also needed when it comes to packaging your products and getting them ready for shipping. The kind of packaging to be used varies and mostly depends on the kind of products that is being shipped. Items shouldn’t be too tight or too close, especially if there are fragile items.

A small space that can contain extras like bubbles or popcorn can also be added to the packaging. Also, when packaging, be sure to include packaging costs such as the packing items cost, label costs, and the labor costs involved in the packaging process.

Know Where You Will Be Shipping to For Your Backers

All your backers might not be from the U.S or the country you are. Sometimes a good percentage of your backers might even be from another country. To manage the fulfillment and shipping for your backers effectively, you should have an idea of the countries you’ll be shipping to. You can know this at the point where the backers are providing their support. Knowing which countries your backers are from will help you in having an idea of the cost of shipping to the various countries, which you would have added to your campaign budget.

Calculate Shipping Costs

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To manage a crowdfunding fulfillment campaign, you need to have an idea of your shipping costs. Many factors come into play when determining shipping costs. A few of the factors are transit times, rate, shipping methods, weight some others. Considering all these factors give one a better shot at managing crowdfunding fulfillment and rewards shipping. In light of this, consider estimating your package weight and size, estimate your number of packages and also estimate shipping from & delivery to locations.

Buffering Time

Cost is not always constant. A particular material being sold today at $5 might not be the same price next tomorrow. If it is being sold at $5 during the crowdfunding period, and the price changes when you’re about to start getting the items for the fulfillment, what do you think will happen? Don’t you think this sudden change in price will affect your budget?

This is why it’s always good to consider adding a buffering plan to your time budget. Unforeseen circumstances like change in price, change in shipping costs, or sudden scarcity of an item can often cause a delay in delivering your rewards to your backers. Adding a buffer time, and planning upfront will help you in managing the fulfillment and shipping to your backers.

Meeting Up with The Delivery Date

If you’ve considered and added some buffering time to your schedule, you most definitely will meet up with the delivery date. But, the most common fulfillment issue is still meeting up with the delivery date. A delivery date missed is a setback in the trust which the backers have for you.

Therefore, to manage your backers’ rewards effectively, figure out the most conservative date you think the rewards can get delivered and add one or two months to it. This makes sure you still have time to deliver in case of any unforeseen circumstances. You are just mitigating against risks. Should everything go smoothly, and you can deliver much earlier before time, don’t you think your backers would be happier and surprised at how fast you deliver?

There you have it! A good understanding of crowdfunding fulfillment and shipping is key to avoiding costly mistakes. This is why you need the above tips to manage effectively. Effective managing of your crowdfunding fulfillment and shipping for your backers leaves both you and your backers happy after the campaign.

Contact us today at Fulfillman if you need a reputable fulfillment services company for your ecommerce business. We are a reliable provider of various services such as Crowdfunding Fulfillment, Warehouse fulfillment, China sourcing, Third Party Logistics, Drop Shipping, and so forth. Our dedicated team will be available to speak with you and discuss the options available to you. An amazing experience awaits you.


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Crowdfunding fulfillment, as the name implies, is the fulfillment of the promise made by you during your crowdfunding. Once your campaign is done, you’ll need to get back to your backers by delivering back to them the fulfillment of the promise made during crowdfunding. Some people find this process somewhat difficult and complex. This has cost the goodwill many crowd funders had built up over time or during a successful campaign.

Proper planning beforehand, however, can mitigate all the risks or pressure involved in the fulfillment process. In fact, this preparation should start long before you even launch your campaign. This makes the crowdfunding process simpler.  Below are some ways to make crowdfunding fulfillment easy:

Budget Your Crowdfunding Fulfillment

As mentioned earlier, the crowdfunding fulfillment process should start long before you even launch your campaign. During the process of setting up your crowdfunding campaign, there’s a need to ensure that you are including some of the rewards costs you will need within the funding goal. Budgeting everything beforehand is essential because crowdfunding fulfillment is often forgotten by some people, especially those new to crowdfunding. If proper budgeting is not made, the outcome might not be favorable, as you may have to find the funds to fulfill promises made elsewhere.

Postage and Packaging

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Postage and packaging are other two important things not to forget when preparing for your crowdfunding fulfillment. Many crowdfunders make big mistakes by not including these costs in their funding goals costs. Postage and packaging costs can quickly add up when you are starting to fulfill your rewards to your backers. In light of this, it is important always to check the cost of sending your rewards beforehand.

Buffering Time

Talking about unforeseen circumstances that may arise during your campaign. It is crucial to know that costs over time can increase, and sometimes estimates aren’t always accurate because of some unforeseen circumstances. Most times, people don’t factor this into their plan. Some things are, however, inevitable. Therefore, you need to add in some extra cash -though not too much-loved in your budget to cater for these unforeseen situations, rise in production costs, changes in shipping, materials, and others.

Packaging

Yes!  Careful packaging can even lower the cost of your shipping at times. During packaging, you need to choose your packaging carefully. Items should not be too tight or too loose; if they are, you should find a way around it. Instead of making a package too tight, leaving an inch of wiggle room for some things like bubbles or popcorns is a better idea. 

Consider Import Customs

Well, rate is not constant, and it changes for bringing items into a country or out of the country. This makes it rate very hard to predict. Although most of the time, it is your contributors’ responsibility to make sure these items are legally receivable into their countries, and they also incur any import taxes associated with the items to be received. However, it is right giving a heads up to your contributors to avoid any surprises when they receive the notice from their carriers or post office.

Simplify What You Are Offering

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Maybe you are planning on giving out clothing as rewards to your contributors for their support. You don’t want to make the mistake of getting four different t-shirt designs on six colors of shirts with varying locations of print. Although this is possible to do, however, have you considered how expensive and costly this could be?  What’s more? It can be time-consuming and complicated for some contributors to choose from. The less complicated you make things, the easier it is for contributors to decide and check out quickly. It’s good to offer flexibility to your contributors, as it shows how much you appreciate and recognizes their backing. However, you need to ensure it doesn’t affect the whole purpose of the campaign.

Make Plans to Meet Up with Delivery Date

The most common fulfillment mishap is missing the estimated delivery date. You don’t want to miss the delivery date because it says a lot about trustworthiness. Especially when it comes to supporters that have backed you up. Figure out your most conservative delivery date estimate, and then add one or two months to it for your public estimated delivery date. This added date gives you the opportunity to cater for contingencies and unforeseen circumstances. Also, most backers will accept delays of up to three months as long as you’re getting them informed by posting relevant project updates and responding to their questions.

Consider A Crowdfunding Fulfillment Company

Some companies – Fulfillment companies- do all these tasks discussed above, and some others. Almost 90% of crowdfunded projects used some kind of fulfillment service or software to help them ship their rewards. These companies specialize in helping small businesses, start-ups, and crowdfunding campaigns meet their budgeted fulfillment needs. They take up all of your crowdfunding fulfillment responsibilities, from product receipt and storage, to packing, to packaging and shipping. This can save you some time for other things.

Recognizing the supports and efforts made by your contributors to your crowdfunding is very important. Crowdfunding fulfillment is the last but most important element of the crowdfunding process. You should ensure that it goes smoothly, by producing, packaging and posting their reward without any trouble or unexpected cost to you. By following the above tips, you’re ensuring smiles on everyone’s face.

Contact us today at Fulfillman if you need a reputable fulfillment services company for your ecommerce business. We are a reliable provider of various services such as Crowdfunding Fulfillment, Warehouse fulfillment, China sourcing, Third Party Logistics, Drop Shipping, and so forth. Our dedicated team will be available to speak with you and discuss the options available to you. An amazing experience awaits you.


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After a successful crowdfunding campaign comes the crowdfunding fulfillment. This stage involves the manufacturing or any way you wish to get the rewards for your supporters, packaging, and shipping out the rewards. It is the last and crucial stage in crowdfunding. There is a need for careful planning, to ensure you don’t end up draining your funds, or sourcing for money elsewhere to get the rewards for your customers. Below are some tips to ensure a successful crowdfunding fulfillment:

Incorporate Fulfillment into Your Plan from the Beginning

Behind every success, there is proper planning. Building your fulfillment details into your crowdfunding plan from the beginning helps a great deal in ensuring a successful fulfillment. Details like the weight of the item you’re planning as rewards, dimensions, designs, packaging, shipping, and some other things should be mapped out from the beginning.

Calculate Shipping Costs

To ensure a successful crowdfunding fulfillment, you need to have an idea of your shipping costs before the campaign begins. In light of this, all the factors that may influence shipping costs need to be considered. Also, research all shipping options, like rates, transit times, shipping methods, and dimensional weight rules, which most times differ by carrier. The idea is to do your due diligence and come up with an accurate shipping cost for every reward you’ll be offering your supporters.

Know Which Countries You’ll Be Shipping To

You are not expecting supports from only the people in your country, are you? In fact, the most successful campaigns are supported by people from around the world. Donations from around the world are where you can really get more inflow, and at the same time, where you can really lose money when it comes to delivering your rewards. When heading into your crowdfunding campaign, ensure you know the countries you’ll be shipping to, and determine the necessary dimensions and costs for shipping 

Calculate Postage

Some crowdfunders often forget or fail to include this cost in their plan. Postage costs can quickly add up, and the unbudgeted extra costs can affect your whole plan. One reward item that you thought would cost a few dollars may end up costing more.  Therefore it is important always to calculate your postage cost to be on the safe side, which in turn ensures you deliver your fulfillment without having to complain to your supporters. 

Packaging

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There is also a need to make sure your rewards packages are chosen and packaged carefully. Ensure the packaging you choose is not too tight or too loose, durable, and large enough. When it is not too loose, and just large enough, there will be little space around to add extra bubbles or cushioning materials to offer extra goodies, and still protect your item. 

Add a Safety Margin

Manufacturing challenges, unexpected issues or unforeseen circumstances may arise during the course of any project; it is necessary to mitigate against these risks to avoid delays, and disappointing your supporters when it is time for crowdfunding fulfillment. To mitigate the risks, you should factor in extra budget that will cater for situations such as an unexpected increase in material costs, a rise in production costs, and many others.

Calculate the Import Duty and VAT Tax

Well, some of these charges that come with your rewards will still be paid by your supporters during claiming. Therefore during your campaign, it is necessary to remind overseas customers that they may have to pay these fees. By doing this, you are showing transparency in your campaign. There are online resources like import and export duty calculator that can be used in line with this purpose.

Plan for Staff and Warehousing Costs

You can either take on the crowdfunding fulfillment on your own or give it out to a fulfillment company to do for you. If you are going for the DIY, you need to consider factors such as warehouse space and costs, staff on hand to package and ship the rewards. Also, their wages, and some other related factors. However, if your crowdfunding campaign involves a whole lot of people, then consider getting a fulfillment partner or a company that will help, and also take note of the cost of their services.

Simplify Your Offer

In order not to get choked up with unnecessary costs, there’s a need to make the rewards you will be offering your backers as simple as possible. If you are planning on giving out a particular item as part of your rewards, don’t make the mistake of getting it complicated. When an offer is not simplified, production and distribution tend to take time. Simplifying your rewards is one good way of completing your campaign on time, and having a successful fulfillment.

Crowdfunding Fulfillment Company

If your crowdfunding campaign is a large scale one that involves many people, then getting a fulfillment company for the fulfillment process can help in making the whole campaign a success. They take up all the fulfillment responsibilities that you have, such as production, packaging, storage, and shipping. Almost 90% of crowdfunded projects used some fulfillment service or software as the companies make the crowdfunding fulfillment easier, and less stressful for you.

There you have it! Above are some essential tips for successful crowdfunding fulfillment. The fulfillment period can be an extremely trying time for crowdfunders. To have a successful crowdfunding fulfillment, you need some great tips to help in making the process smooth, and above are some of these tips. Proper packaging, mitigating beforehand all the costs you may likely incur during the campaign, meeting your delivery date, and constant update for your backers will help a great deal in making your fulfillment a successful one.

For more information about our crowdfunding fulfillment services, contact us today at Fulfillman. We specialize in picking, packing, and shipping backer rewards and products of different sizes and shapes. Our services are prompt, detailed, and highly reliable. Our dedicated team will be available to speak with you and provide suitable answers to your questions and concerns. When it comes to handling the logistical aspect of your crowdfunding campaign, you can always count on us for outstanding and unparalleled services.


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Crowdfunding Fulfillment Services

At Fulfillman, we specialize in backer rewards and fulfilling orders for crowdfunded campaigns through Indiegogo, Kickstarter, and other crowdfunding platforms. Our trusted team will help handle the inventory management, pack, pick up, and ship your product that was funded online. No matter the quantity, size, or shape of products that need to be picked up, packed, and shipped at once, we have the resources to handle the task, brilliantly and excellently.

In addition, our crowdfunding fulfillment services are prompt, detailed, and highly professional. We are experts in Kickstarter Fulfillment, Indiegogo Fulfillment, Groupon Fulfillment, Flash Sales, and many more. Our fast and reliable worldwide shipping ensures that your backers get their rewards fast and in excellent condition. Our crowdfunding fulfillment services is exactly what you need to fulfill your campaign backers and orders successfully.

 

 

Our Services – What We Do

Our crowdfunding fulfillment services at Fulfillman aims to make shipping and processing backer rewards for crowdfunded campaigns on Indiegogo, Kickstarter, and so forth fast, easy, affordable, and convenient. Our crowdfunding fulfillment services include the following:

 

Innovative Inventory Management Software

Our innovative inventory management software allows you to have full control of the fulfillment process. The software is easy to set up and use as it integrates seamlessly with your crowdfunding sites and ecommerce platforms. From here, you can manage and monitor shipping, tracking, missing inventory, notifications, address verification, batching, various shipping options, and lots more.

 

Batch Processing

In addition, our inventory management software offers you the opportunity to set up batch fulfillment. This way, you can create and combine personalized product offerings with the guarantee that orders will be fulfilled accurately.

 

Distributed Inventory

Our distributed inventory makes it possible for you to split backer rewards or products across our network of fulfillment centers. This way, large quantities of rewards can be processed and shipped out fast.

 

Picking and Packing

Our automated order fulfillment system ensures that backer rewards or products are picked up and packed efficiently and accurately. We have the resources, including human resources and technical expertise, to fulfill large quantities of orders daily. Most importantly, we will only charge you for the products we pick and pack.

 

Customized Packing Options

Also, we offer customized packing for customers who will love to pack backers reward using branded boxes. Whether you want to use your own custom branded boxes or you want to take advantage of our durable boxes and packing materials, the front and center will show the core of your campaign.

 

Affordable & Flexible Shipping Solutions

At Fulfillman, we offer you affordable and flexible shipping that gives the best value for your money. We have a wide range of shipping options from the slowest and cheapest to the fastest and most reliable. We also offer you personalized shipping solutions, depending on your budget and needs. Thus, you get complete control over the shipping cost.

Whether you are shipping 100 products or 100,000 products, you can always take advantage of our affordable and discounted shipping options. Above all, you also have the needed peace of mind that backer rewards or products will be delivered on time and in excellent condition. Our fast and reliable shipping is guaranteed to give 100% customer satisfaction.

 

Reliable and Excellent Services

In addition, we understand that the reward fulfillment process is one of the most stressful parts of every crowdfunding campaign. Our trusted experts and dedicated support team will be available to assist, support, and provide you with everything you need to ensure that the crowdfunding fulfillment process turns our smoothly and hassle-free. You can always count on us for reliable and excellent crowdfunding fulfillment services.

 

Leverage Our Expertise and Global Presence

Providing a seamless, positive experience for your crowdfunding campaign backs ensures that they are interested in supporting you for other future ecommerce or crowdfunding endeavors. The logistical side of packing, picking, and shipping is among the most crucial part of the backer rewards process.

Leverage our expertise and global presence to ensure that your backer rewards and orders fulfillment turns our successful. We have facilities and fulfillment centers in different nations across the world. You can always take advantage of the facility closer to your manufacturing centers in Asia or those closer to your backers and customers in the United States.

 

Contact Us Today!

For more information about our crowdfunding fulfillment services, contact us today at Fulfillman. We specialize in picking, packing, and shipping backer rewards and products of different sizes and shapes. Our services are prompt, detailed, and highly reliable. Our dedicated team will be available to speak with you and provide suitable answers to your questions and concerns. When it comes to handling the logistical aspect of your crowdfunding campaign, you can always count on us for outstanding and unparalleled services.