In the never-ending pursuit of Amazon and seeking separation from other foes like Walmart, Target has announced the availability of same-day delivery in 46 states ahead of the peak holiday season from Thanksgiving through Christmas, while also eliminating its $35 order threshold for free two-day shipping as of Nov. 1.
Amazon is reportedly experimenting with robotic arms that can visually identify items on a conveyor, pick them up using a compressed air vacuum gripper and place them on a table or shelf. At the same time the company says publicly the state of the art isn’t there yet to handle the wide variety of products it stores and sells.
While Amazon can spend $21.7 billion on shipping to meet growing customer expectations, everyone else can’t and ecommerce entrepreneurs need to develop a well-thought-out strategy to address evolving demands. You need to consider these four factors before investing in the urban fulfillment center trend.
Using a 3PL can be cost effective and provide high customer service as an alternative to internal fulfillment for ecommerce and multichannel companies. The burning question is: How will it compare to my internal costs? These 6 considerations will help you arrive at fully loaded costs per order for each option.
Adding a mezzanine to your ecommerce fulfillment center can help you gain space and add functions like pick modules and outbound manifesting without adding a new facility. However the decision process can be tricky with many factor to weigh. Here are 12 considerations to help you determine if a new mezzanine is a good fit.