Retailers are keenly aware that failure to keep pace with industry change is not an option, as evidenced by continued store closings and retail bankruptcies. They also know that brilliant store designs and seamless mobile experiences count for nothing if they are unable to move the products their customers have ordered to their preferred destinations in excellent condition as quickly as possible.
As the evolution of retail and the way consumers purchase goods continues to change, effectively serving both consumers and retailers is a strategic challenge for both shippers and carriers.
Staying on top of shifting retailer requirements can be overwhelming—especially if you’re working with multiple retailers.
Variable and unanticipated demands often bring unique challenges to retail supply chains and transportation. That is why it is vital to work with a provider that has a deep understanding of each retailer’s supply chain goals, operations, and compliance requirements.
How do you handle your partial shipments? Do you use common LTL carriers? Or rely on a consolidation program to get the job done? Organizing successful strategies for partial shipments has always required a special kind of expertise. Sometimes juggling all the pieces of partial shipments can feel like an infinite puzzle. One made more difficult by the growing popularity of ecommerce.
It seems impossible that as I write this, summer is wrapping up and the holiday season beckons. But for many of us in the supply chain industry, the holiday shopping (and shipping) season has been on our minds for months already.