The Impact of Omni-Channel on The Supply Chain
Distribution centers will require more automation, more capital equipment and mostly larger DCs. A large DC a few years ago might have been 500,000 sq. ft. and it is now 1 million or 2 million sq. ft., and they hold potentially an order of magnitude more items or SKUs.
Omni-channel Retailing Creates New Challenges for Supply Chain Managers
Fulfillment options need to change. Retailers are focused on building in-store, web-store and direct-to-consumer options and many are leveraging existing and new infrastructure in creative ways. By using their storefront locations as distribution centers, retailers are better positioned to deliver products quickly to the customer. Standards-based technology such as EPC-enabled RFID will be critical in providing the requisite level of visibility to make this a reality. The core components need to be meshed together with a high-level, integrated approach that can deliver quality experiences to satisfy today’s consumers and edge out the competition,
Warehouse and Distribution Center Management: Omni-channel distribution—Moving at the speed of “now”
The ability to ship e-commerce orders from brick-and-mortar stores may be the strategy that most are anticipating. Why? Because processing and shipping from the store that’s closest to the person that wants it is the most cost-effective way to support a next-day shipment.