A business selects the pop-up distribution center well before the peak season, setting up and finalizing the software and processes well ahead of time, according to Doug Brochu, CEO of Bridge Solutions Group, a provider of IBM omnichannel and supply chain technology solutions. “Once all the implementation activities are completed, the distribution center is stocked with the inventory for the peak season, typically the top 1,000 or so SKUs.
“Once the items are received into the pop-up distribution center, the merchant determines when to start fulfilling customer orders. The idea is to ship the distribution center 'clean' by emptying it of all inventory. If anything remains at the end of peak season, it is shipped back to the full-time warehouses.”