Opting to outsource you warehousing and logistics needs can be a smart decision. Leveraging the resources and expertise of a third-party logistics company can be a significant strategic advantage. However, like with any major business decision, making the best choice is important. Here are a few things you need consider when choosing a third-party logistics partner.
The most labor and cost intensive action in your distribution center is order fulfillment, specifically manual fulfillment. According to Martin Murray’s “Order Picking in the warehouse”, the cost of order picking can be as much as 55% of a warehouse’s total operating cost. Furthermore, manual fulfillment can consume 65% of an employee’s time. Understanding the impact this has on your bottom line can lead to making some new investments and changes to relieve the costs that go into these tasks.
For 83% of warehouse managers’ their top priority is to lower operations costs. This is not unusual when you consider the massive shift occurring from brick & mortar retail to e-commerce. The footwear industry is a prime example. No longer is going to the mall for a pair of shoes a consumer’s first choice. Many consumers now prefer shopping from the comfort of their home or the convenience of a mobile device.
As an e-commerce company, leveraging a streamlined supply chain is a crucial advantage over traditional brick-and-mortar outlets. Leveraging data and visibility technology can have a direct impact on pricing strategies as well as fulfillment and delivery optimization. Using the data your customers provide allows you to stop estimating shipping quotes or offering options you “think” they want. Here are five ways your distribution data can make your supply chain stronger.
Home electronics manufacturers are making strides in technology, affordability, and accessibility, reaching record revenue levels. In 2018, sales were up 3.9% from 2017, exceeding $318 billion. However, this uptick in sales has not come along without its challenges. In addition to increased competition, consumer demands are also on the rise. Creating a supply chain that keeps costs low, products moving and customers happy has become more difficult. Here are a couple of ways to increase the efficiency of your home electronics supply chain.
In 2018 apparel increased 14.7% to over $103 billion. It was largest single e-commerce product category, making up 19.7% of total retail ecommerce sales. And although revenue across apparel categories is only expected to rise in the future, consumer demand and increased competition is making it more challenging to increase profit margins.
The cosmetic industry was valued at $532 billion in sales in 2017, according to Globe News Wire. It is projected to $863 billion globally by 2024. This upward trend proves cosmetic companies are generating great demand for their products. The challenge in the health & beauty supply chain is to produce and provide the supply when and where it is needed. As companies compete for this growing revenue stream, product fulfillment management is separating itself as a strategic advantage.
As major electronics and appliance manufacturers continue to develop new and improved products at a rapid pace, the industry’s landscape and challenges are also evolving. To navigate these changes, there are a few things that consumer electronics and appliance companies should keep in mind when it comes to order fulfillment and shipping.
In the August 17th-23rd issue of the Memphis Business Journal, Steve Fallon, General Manager at Barrett Distribution's Memphis facility was featured as a panelist of the Distribution and Logistics Table of Experts.
Social media has revolutionized the way we communicate. E-commerce has forever changed the way we shop. The proliferation of these convenient and engaging technologies is also creating a ripple in the way that money is raised, campaigns are funded and capital is generated. Through platforms like Kickstarter, crowdfunding can be an option for small startups and large, established businesses alike. However once the money has been raised, fulfillment can become a major obstacle.