As communities work to recover from pandemic-related shutdowns, factories around the globe are trying to keep up with consumer demand. Production has increased by over 60% in just a matter of months and is causing even more strain in the retail supply chain. Issues such as the blockage of the Suez Canal were one of the many challenges that rose from the resurgence of the economy.
Many factories in the US are struggling to get supplies quickly enough for retailers to meet their customer requests. For businesses receiving supplies from overseas manufacturers, it takes an average of 12 days for goods to be unloaded from carriers. With the additional delay from the Suez Canal blockage, many online retailers are expecting complications to last even longer. The World Trade Organization expects another 11.4% increase in the demand for imports this year. Fast and efficient shipping and fulfillment will be challenging for all online businesses. With that in mind, there are ways that you can set yourself up for success and get ahead of the coming difficulties.
Stock Up On Inventory
The worst problem to have: not enough product for the orders that are coming in. If you are caught with too little inventory on hand, your business may be subject to an excruciatingly long wait time. Shippers are running out of containers to bring inventory overseas and your products could be several weeks out from hitting land. Avoid inventory delays and ensure your customers always receive their orders on time by keeping your warehouses filled with the right products.
Use a Network of Fulfillment Centers
As you make plans to store more inventory, it’s important to consider how many warehouses you have access to and where they are located. Many retailers fail to deliver quick shipping because they are limited to one fulfillment center. Not only are they likely to run out of space quickly, but they will also increase the cost and time it takes to get their customer’s orders out. Utilizing a nationwide network of fulfillment centers is the best solution. No matter where your customers are located in the US, you can easily get their orders to them quickly and cost-effectively.
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The biggest takeaway from these inventory setbacks is ensuring you have the most efficient processes for your shipping and fulfillment. Xparcel Ground and Expedited from Rakuten Super Logistics is the newest and most effective way to ship your orders. These products use a network of warehouses and delivery partners to give you the lowest shipping cost possible and increase the amount of inventory you can store.
As cities get back to normal and consumer demand increases, retailers need to be ready. Our eCommerce experts at Rakuten Super Logistics have the skills and network to support your business and help you achieve the most cost-effective and efficient logistics.
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