How Covid Has Changed Retail

E-commerce is Stronger Than Ever According to Forbes, e-commerce sales have grown 129% from last year, and are estimated to hit $709.78 billion by the end of 2020, making history for the largest e-commerce sales increase in a single year. Such growth marks a huge change that emphasises the importance of prioritizing e-commerce in today’s […]

CommerceHub + Dsco: Creating the New Digital Supply Chain

Let’s face it, no retailer’s marketplace will be able to compete with Amazon (or Walmart) when it comes to general assortment size. It’s also very difficult to compete in terms of shipping costs, membership perks, and delivery speed. So what other value prop can retailers who are considering opening a marketplace offer their consumers?

Retail Leaders Share Tips on Navigating Peak Carrier Challenges

Let’s face it, no retailer’s marketplace will be able to compete with Amazon (or Walmart) when it comes to general assortment size. It’s also very difficult to compete in terms of shipping costs, membership perks, and delivery speed. So what other value prop can retailers who are considering opening a marketplace offer their consumers?

The History of Drop Shipping: What Railroads Can Teach Us About Supply Chain Data

A historic handshake happened on May 10, 1869 when the Union and Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails at Promontory Summit, Utah with a “Golden Spike.” My distant relative, Samuel Montague (he’s the one shaking hands, left of center in the picture above), was the chief engineer of Central Pacific, and oversaw the construction of railroad through mountains and desert, all in order to meet the Union Pacific company halfway across the continent. This event ushered in a new frontier for the American economy, all because of a compromise and willingness to share the same track gauge standards.

How to Drop Ship Successfully Part 6: How to Manage Inventory Visibility

Once you have a virtual product assortment determined — remember, curation is the key — from some number of suppliers, inventory visibility is where drop shipping success will be made or broken. You can’t have many instances where you sell something to a consumer that doesn’t exist and can’t be fulfilled by your supply partners before you have big problems.

How to Drop Ship Successfully Part 3: Suppliers vs. Retailers

In short, the world is continuing to align to the consumer, and that is driving new integrated partnerships, omnichannel experiences such as BOPIS and SFS, and better technologies for seeing and selling all the inventory in a retailer’s ecosystem, whenever and wherever the consumer needs it.

Why you really need to drop ship

Let’s face it, no retailer’s marketplace will be able to compete with Amazon (or Walmart) when it comes to general assortment size. It’s also very difficult to compete in terms of shipping costs, membership perks, and delivery speed. So what other value prop can retailers who are considering opening a marketplace offer their consumers?

Should you build your own drop ship solution?

In-house solutions can incur a lot of overhead to build and maintain, meaning costs can quickly skyrocket past any potential savings. Additionally, homegrown systems often aren’t as agile as partner solutions and can soon grow out of date without large, continual investment. Finally, since such solutions are customized for the retailer that builds them, trading partners incur significant overhead to make their own systems compatible.

Accelerate drop ship ecosystem growth

Expanding your drop ship ecosystem can take a lot of time. Getting trading partners to agree to drop ship, onboarding them, and finally going live can take anywhere from several months to over a year per partner. This raises opportunity costs, hampers your ability to quickly expand assortment, and increases inventory risk when you’re forced to rely on wholesale buys to access the products you need.

D3 New York Takeaway: Retail Is Going All in With In-Store Fulfillment

From all of the presentations and panels that I attended, it’s clear that retailers are going all in with using their store fleets to fulfill online orders.

This is a really interesting strategic move considering that, as noted above, stores have the lowest accuracy of any inventory asset in retail. It therefore highlights the difficult choice that retailers face.

If order volume grows at 20% per year, a retailer will have to invest in doubling its fulfillment capacity every five years. This is what we’re seeing with Amazon but it’s not something anyone in the supply chain would look forward to doing. Building new FCs is expensive, time consuming, and risky.