Kitting plays a crucial role in the fulfillment process, especially when working with multiple customers who require product displays to be impeccable. Kitting involves some light manufacturing processes to build the display, add product(s) to the display that ensures quality shipment, followed by ease in setup once it arrives to its destination. While kitting may seem like a simple task, it involves a series of specific steps to ensure accuracy and quality control. In this blog post, we’ll dive into the kitting process used by Elite Sourcing and Logistics and explore each step in detail, from verifying items received, staging the products, and shipping completed products to customers or distribution centers.
Step 1: Verify Items Received
Once the designed boxes and customer products arrive, it’s time to verify the items sent to Elite. This ensures that we have received all of the components needed to complete the order. One area that we deem essential is to check the quantities, size, color, and quality of the items. We want to ensure every item that goes out on behalf of our customer is complete and has the highest quality. We record any issues and supply you with information to better understand which supplier is providing quality products. Most importantly, before we begin staging the kitting process, we ensure that all items, from shipping boxes to displays to actual products, have been received. Orders are not scheduled until everything has been received and verified. This saves time and resources that may be wasted by starting the kitting process when items are incomplete.
Step 2: Stage the Items
Once everything is verified, items are stages, e.g., the products, product displays, and shipping containers. This involves gathering all the necessary components and organizing them in a logical order to easily assemble kits and prepare them for shipping to retailers and other distribution outlets. It’s essential to ensure that all the components fit inside the box the way they are expected to, so we double- and triple-check all stages of assembly during this phase.
Step 3: Review Customer Specifications with the Team
The next step involves reviewing customer specifications with our entire team at Elite Sourcing and Logistics. This step ensures that our team has a deep understanding of the customer’s needs and wants while helping prevent any mistakes during the kitting process. Having these specifications embedded in the process ensures consistency in kits every time. With all members of our assembly team on the same page, we can easily ramp up production and deliver large quantities of kitted product displays quickly without skipping a beat when moving around staffing resources.
Step 4: Quality Control at Each Stage
Throughout the kitting process, it’s crucial to implement quality control measures at each stage. Elite takes special pride in our quality control processes and boasts a 99.98% inventory accuracy rate for both bulk order fulfillment projects like kitting AND inventory management. This ensures that the components meet the customer’s expectations, and our kitting team is performing at the highest level of precision, accuracy, and quality control.
In conclusion, the kitting process is a critical aspect of the fulfillment process for all of our customers. It’s essential to create an efficient and streamlined system to ensure accuracy and quality control. By following the above steps, Elite Sourcing and Logistics is able to ensure a flawless kitting process. Contact us today to discuss your next kitting project. We look forward to hearing from you.