Supply chain management is the backbone of retail sales. If your supply chain isn’t ready for a national scale, retailers will limit your distribution — or keep you off the shelf.
A well-managed supply chain ensures just in time inventory that reduces costs and provides flexibility for an omnichannel system. While experience with a system like Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) can be helpful, managing retail supply chains can be significantly more complex.
Retail distribution centers. Each retailer maintains its own set of distribution centers. Each distribution center requires a half dozen acknowledgements and advance notifications via electronic data interchange (EDI) systems for each and every order. If you’re working with multiple retailers, this means managing all of this data for hundreds of locations and monthly shipments. Missing a single notification, or missing a delivery window even by a few hours, can cost brands hundreds, even thousands of dollars per instance.
Creating a reliable supply chain network. We’ve managed retail supply chains — from raw materials to distribution center deliveries — for decades. So, we know how to help brands integrate their own production and fulfillment capabilities into a larger, profitable retail delivery system. We know when to use third-party logistics (3PL) providers and EDI partners, and which partners are the best fit for various retailers. And, we know how to align delivery with a successful retail marketing plan integrated with retailer data management systems.
If your supply chain isn’t ready for a national scale, then retailers will limit your distribution, or worse, deny you the chance to be on their shelves at all.