Even though brick-and-mortar retail sales might be slower due to the pandemic and the rise of the internet, retail logistics are still important. One of the reasons for that is this topic includes e-retail logistics – supply chain solutions for online shoppers. This subject covers everything that it takes to move products to and from stores, or directly to consumers. There are many reasons why a retailer would seek the assistance of a 3rd party logistics provider, sometimes also known as a 3PL.
Retail companies are experts on their products. They often have their own internal departments for everything from marketing to logistics management. However, 3PLs are experts on only logistics. We have the connections and expertise to get everything done efficiently and cost-effectively. We have both international and domestic expertise. So, we can provide assistance with rail, truck, ocean freight, and air cargo.
Retail logistics encompasses anything that has to do with the combination of retail and logistics. The new world of COVID-19 has made this area of logistics even more important. Curbside pickup and home delivery, both components of retail logistics services have seen a huge increase. Additionally, challenges with international shipping have made the news several times. Ports have been getting congested. With a potential energy crisis looming, less freight has been leaving from China as some factories slow down to conserve energy. So, part of the modern logistics challenge is keeping inventory in stores, reducing costs, and decreasing shipping times.
When it comes to these projects, there are many possible services you may need. If you don’t see what your project requires listed here, just ask us. This is a sampling of what is frequently involved.
Our cloud based customer portal is the perfect solution for tracking our retail logistics projects together. It includes a transportation management system and a warehouse management system all rolled into one. Everything is fully trackable so you can locate your shipments and see their status in real time. The portal is based in the cloud, meaning you can log in from your computer or mobile device anywhere you have service or a wifi connection. Through the portal, you can book and track shipments, place orders, generate reports, see important documents, view customer information, and set up push notifications. This portal is a key component of the success of a supply chain management project.
Looking for a reliable partner in the retail logistics industry? Read our success stories to learn how we have helped other retailers, including major national and international brands, with complex projects. Contact us to learn more about how we can work together.