Articles What are Today’s Best Practices for Shipping Online Orders?

Ecommerce has grown to a $480 billion market, according to Rick Blasgen, executive director of the Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). As customer expectations increase for ecommerce orders, logistics providers are stepping up their game, the latest issue of Fleet Owner magazine illustrates.

Technology solutions like order management systems (OMS), for example, provide visibility across the entire supply chain, helping to maximize distribution networks for faster, more cost-effective service, explains Perry Belcastro, Saddle Creek’s senior vice president of operations.

Following is an excerpt from the article…

Meeting Customers’ Delivery Demands in an E-Commerce World

Identifying the optimal distribution center network configuration moves products through the supply chain faster while minimizing costs.

“For example, you can reach over 90% of the U.S. in just two days via lower-cost ground service instead of expedited shipping if you have strategically located distribution centers,” Belcastro explained.

Logistics providers also leverage integrated transportation management systems, shipment planning tools with predictive modeling, mobile communications and route optimization capabilities to speed shipments and control costs, Belcastro added.

“The explosion of e-commerce is driving logistics providers to become more strategic and solution-focused,” he explained.

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