The evolution of e-commerce, with the need to meet customer demands for ever-faster delivery, requires a whole new approach to local fulfillment, says Jake Heldenberg, senior sales consultant with Vanderlande.
For many shippers, executing last-mile delivery comes with its own set of challenges. Europe in particular has seen a record number of online sales, which means shippers must navigate an increasingly competitive landscape of delivery options.
Logistics, shipping rates and the need to assess full landed cost are among the challenges that shippers face in the modern-day world of e-commerce, says Hagar Valiano Rips, CEO and co-founder of Ladingo.
E-commerce buyers are demanding ever-faster delivery of orders, even though the economics of such service are anything but profitable for providers. John Haber, founder and CEO of Spend Management Experts, describes the current landscape of competitors in that sector.
"The delivery economy" describes the transformation of retail, driven by customer demands for the highest possible level of service. But can companies provide it in an economic fashion? Christian Piller, vice president of value engineering with Project 44, offers a perspective.
Fulfilling e-commerce orders in today's market requires a carefully designed balance of centralization distribution and micro-fulfillment centers, says Kraig Foreman, vice president of operations with DHL Supply Chain.