Amazon is taking aim at delivery services like Postmates with the launch of a program called Flex., which calls for drivers to make $18 to $25 per hour delivering packages to users of Amazon Prime Now using their own cars and phones.
Analyst Insight: Fourth-party logistics providers (4PLs) are gaining traction in the final delivery service provider industry. The explosion of order-direct to customer delivery has created a need for final delivery service providers with varying capacities and capabilities. 4PLs can provide a network of regional final delivery companies. The creation of strong 4PL players has captured the trust of manufacturers and retailers. – Lisa Kennedy, Project Manager, Tompkins International
Analyst Insight: Speed is a game-changer. Leaders are enabling faster fulfillment and reaping real bottom line and competitive advantage benefits. The key is balancing potential revenue gain or service level improvement against the investment and operating costs required to deliver on the promise. Choosing the right strategy depends on understanding the impacts, not just within the distribution center, but across the entire organization. – Helgi Thor Leja, Industrial Distribution Leader, Fortna Inc.