We live in a new era of retail in which the consumer’s shopping experience is easier, faster and more personalized than ever before. The omni-channel approach allows a customer to search for a desired product online, find the best possible price order it to be shipped expeditiously and pay all with a few clicks of a button on a tablet or cell phone. It’s fantastic! And yet, it also adds a whole new dimension of challenges for supply chains to deliver as eCommerce increases and next-day delivery demands rise.
What does Omni-Channel Mean for Your Distribution Center Operations?
If you’re a distribution center for a brick and mortar store, offering omni-channel capabilities can be more beneficial than an online retailer. Why? Because an omni-channel retailer will have a greater number of options for a store locations that are closer to shoppers, which allows for speedier delivery and the ability for in-store pick-up of items originally purchased online.
Omni-channel options will put added pressure on your distribution center because you will have to meet customers’ demands while simultaneously maintaining an efficient and profitable business. You may have to make some changes and improvements to fit into the omni-channel dimension, which means thinking about how you can improve your fulfillment center operations, implement real-time inventory visibility, and speed up distribution.
The distribution channel environment is changing rapidly. It’s hard to forecast just how it will continue to change over the next three to five years, but if you implement the right solutions now, you should be able to keep up with omni-channel operations.
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