For the modern consumer, e-commerce is often a preferred way to shop. Young shoppers readily embrace it and more frequently older customers are beginning to shop online as well. As e-commerce continues to grow, companies need to adjust their strategies in order to win customer loyalty. According to Nasdaq, by 2040, 95% of all purchases will be facilitated through e-commerce. Customers continue to adopt a “get it now” mindset which must be embraced by retailers. Therefore, businesses must scale what they offer including customer service, delivery, and returns processes.
For companies, time is money. This holds true for oil and energy companies who have scheduled jobs to complete on certain dates according to extraction cycles. These cycles require alignment with specialized personnel in restricted areas; if the material does not arrive when the personnel is scheduled to work, there is nothing to do, and valuable resources and time are wasted. This scenario stresses the importance of material readiness and in transit visibility in real time because it facilitates information on when the material will be received.
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With peak season upon us and same day deliveries from U.S. retailers achieving record volumes, let's look ahead to the growth of same day delivery in 2019 and the opportunities it presents to retailers.
Same day delivery is a basic consumer expectation, but companies too often replicate other solutions rather than creating one that is best for their brand and customers. This episode of Talking Logistics highlights the need for a holistic approach to same day solutions.
Last mile delivery is the end of a complex supply chain and the best opportunity for brands to make a lasting impression on their customers. In this last mile, there are face-to-face interactions which either make or break a customer's perception of a brand.
Customer expectations are growing in all aspects of the shopping experience and logistic companies are challenged to develop better solutions. Recently, at the Ecommerce Operations Summit in Columbus, Ohio Pulse Commerce presented data demonstrating the Amazon effect. There are many ways logistics, and in particular last mile delivery, has changed due to Amazon. Before Amazon, customers only considered the online buying experience when choosing an online retailer.