Fulfillville Opens Warehouse Space for Startups in Philadelphia
A local female-owned and run fulfillment center is creating opportunity in a time of uncertainty
Philadelphia— 12/01/2020 — Local entrepreneur and professional business coach, Nancy Law has opened Fulfillville, a third-party logistics fulfillment center in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. The business focuses on e-commerce and conference fulfillment for startups to mid-sized companies with clients that range from clothing to food to virtual conference planners.
Time to Pivot
Nancy’s varied background as a successful entrepreneur and senior executive has prepared her to face many of the challenges of today’s economic crisis. Having started her first company in the fall of 2001 with a focus on tourism in New York and Washington, DC right before 9/11, learning how to pivot has been part of her DNA.
Her husband’s business has been severely negatively affected during this economic downturn, providing him with a significant amount of empty warehouse space and warehouse employees that he could no longer support.
In her personal mission to help individuals achieve positive change and individual fulfillment, she realized an opportunity to address the literal fulfillment needs of the local community during this time of economic transition, as well as save jobs for long-term employees and take over rental space that he would have been forced to vacate. “It was an easy decision,” said Law. “Our employees were already experienced in packing and shipping for major retailers, why not teach them how to use those skills for smaller businesses? It’s rare to have local staff that have all worked for the same company for 16+ years, and difficult to think that they might need to be let go, which was how the idea of Fulfillville was created.”
Female-Owned and Managed
To help with her mission, Nancy brought in Maria Bernardo, who has a background in fulfillment as well as culinary hospitality. It was Maria’s experience in hospitality, along with Nancy’s prior experience with restaurants, that sparked the idea to open the center to food and beverage startups. “Extra certifications and refrigeration were needed, but we have the knowledge, background, and the passion to store, pick, pack, and ship food products and other retail items while maintaining product integrity,” said Maria.
Having built many successful businesses over the years, Nancy has a true love for her fellow entrepreneurs. There is no client too large or too small; the team works just as hard for each client. Fulfillville doesn’t have the same minimums and requirements as larger warehouses, allowing space for startups and up-coming ‘makers’ to ship their products, promising to guide them on their journey into e-commerce.
This attitude is what also led us to the world of virtual conferences. The thought of all the small businesses that usually support these conferences in local trade shows and sponsorships that would no longer have a place to showcase their products is what led us to this market as well. Fulfillville can provide all the fun ‘reminders’ that conference attendees usually go home with. If a business runs a virtual conference, they can now continue to get those reminders into the hands of their virtual attendees. They can even be customized to the virtual booths and presentations attended. “As the world continues to push meetings on-line and shut down large gatherings, the need for fulfillment services will only continue to grow,” said Nancy. “We were able to give new purpose to this space and manage local companies’ inventory and shipping needs, so that they can rest a little easier and focus on growing their business.”
Fulfillville is a full-service third-party order fulfillment center located just off the I-95 Eastern corridor in the Port Richmond community of Philadelphia. For more information, visit www.fulfillville.com.
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