Wholesale distribution centers (DCs) are great at receiving and shipping apparel at the case level quickly and inexpensively. This expertise does not, however, prepare them for the each picking requirements of eCommerce fashion fulfillment.
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Topics: Ecommerce trends
The warehouse management business is as old as business itself (humans have ALWAYS had to move goods around). Since the roller conveyors of the early 1900s, people have improved worker productivity by off-loading tasks to machines. By the early 21st century, myriad innovations—diverters and sorters, conveyors, pick- and put-to-light systems, automated storage and retrieval systems, and carousels, allowed firms to automate parts of their operation.
Where most businesses see threat, great ones see opportunity. Consumers recently began trying products out in traditional retail stores before buying them online at home. Retailers call this practice showrooming. According to a recent report by The Fed, “42 percent of smartphone users have used their phone to comparison shop at a retail store, and 32 percent have used it to scan a product’s barcode to find the best price for the item.” Moreover, 64 percent of consumers who comparison shop on their smartphone change where they buy a product based on the information they find on their phones.