While there are many clear advantages to using a third-party fulfillment (3PL) partner for outsourcing some or all of your operations, the majority of merchant companies still opt for keeping these functions in house and firmly within their control. According to respondents to the MCM Outlook Survey, 26.5% of respondents said they use a 3PL in 2016, up from 21.2% in 2015, while the rest said they handle fulfillment internally. Of those who said no, only 2.9% said they are considering use of a 3PL, down from 6.2% in 2015.
The Amazon effect is still having a major impact on DTC and ecommerce operations and fulfillment, judging by the results of the MCM Outlook Survey 2016. This impact is seen in the increasing frequency of same-day and next-day delivery offerings – and providers – as well as the growth in omnichannel operations, now seen as table stakes by many retailers. Find out more about the survey results and how they reflect industry trends.
Today, the “shifting customer landscape” isn’t theory – it’s the reality merchants face on a daily basis. Free shipping, guaranteed on-time delivery and omnichannel services are all expected – yet … Continue Reading →
How are shippers preparing for Holiday 2014? What systems are they looking to add in the fulfillment center? And do merchants really think Amazon has little effect on their business? These questions and more are answered in Multichannel Merchant’s MCM Outlook 2014 report on Operations & Fulfillment.