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While we are having a fair number of earthquakes and floods, and destructive wars are
still happening around the world, closer to home in our comfortably cosseted consumer
world a different destructive phenomenon is occupying the supply chain ecosphere: the
emergence and unstoppable growth of online retail.
It appears that if you're not in it, you're as good as gone.
While some specialised industrial suppliers, especially those dealing in bulk/heavy/oversize
commodities, may be (temporarily?) protected, consumer and most small industrial goods suppliers,
and their 3PL/transport/logistics contractors, are having to make massive transitions, fast.
But it's not all bad news
Yes, traditional retailers are facing competition from start-ups who have to contend with much lower
costs. There is the saving on real estate, for a start, not having to rent/lease/own all those shopfronts.
Then there is the savings on retail staff, and on associated expenses such as rates, rubbish,
services, and possibly out-of-date / out-of-style stock.
Conversely, online retailers do have to calculate in somewhat higher logistics costs (picking/
packing eaches vs. carton lots, many small parcel rates vs. truckload/bulk transport costs). However,
as they do not have to keep stock at individual retail locations, there is a lesser amount of stock that
is likely to go out of date / out of fashion.
But as far as logistics staff and service providers are concerned, it's all good news. Picking/
packing/dispatching/transporting eaches to individual customers, instead of carton/pallet lots, needs
more hands, more feet.
It also needs more equipment, both more in numbers and more as in more sophisticated, i.e.
automation, robotics, and the like.
So it's good news for equipment suppliers, good news for labour providers, good news for third-
party logistics companies, and good news for transporters who can reconfigure to service the small-
Recognising the importance of online retail, you can look forward to be reading more on the
subject in MHD Supply Chain Solutions magazine as well.
We hope you enjoy it and look forward to your feedback.
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