Over the past decade, retailing has undergone massive change. The explosion in e-commerce—still expanding in the U.S. market by nearly 10 percent annually—when combined with the adoption of omnichannel fulfillment strategies has fundamentally changed the distribution landscape.
The days of a DC shipping out full pallets of goods to larger retail stores, where the goods would sit and wait for consumers to do the bulk of their shopping is no longer the only model. Internet retailers led by Amazon have grabbed much of the consumer dollar, while retail giants such as Wal-Mart have countered by allowing consumers who buy online to do pick-up at the store.
Read more about Simplifying fulfillment’s ‘last move’ with ‘rack-to-shelf’ equipment options in our whitepaper here.