Date Added: Jan 2010
Many multichannel merchants focus on how they can lower operating costs when they consider outsourcing certain tasks. But when you outsource operations, you also outsource the investment. Sounds obvious, but maybe the magnitude isn't all that clear until you're faced with replacing an order-management system, moving into a new fulfillment space or upgrading your Web site. When outsourcing your investment, you don't have to invest in those upgrades as your business grows and changes. It should be pointed out that when looking at these investments on a five-to seven-year basis, many would have been amortized and depreciated over that time.