Each day, millions of packages are sent via next day shipping to meet customer expectations. Experts say next-day shipping will replace two-day shipping as the standard service offering.
That means each package must be located, picked, packed and ready for shipment and delivered within 24 hours of the order. No matter what company you're with, that's fast.
Is your company prepared to meet this standard? It can be tough. You may have to look closely at every step of the process to find steps that don't add value. After all, merely doing everything the same way only a little bit faster won't be a sustainable solution.
Some companies already seem to have figured out how to do next day shipping, such as Target, Zappos, and of course, Amazon. If you're still on the journey to next day shipping,
Meeting the demand for next day shipping will require some new paradigms. Because there are so many more single parcel deliveries are taking place, the cost per delivery is beginning to rise. That means shippers will have to figure out how to take costs out of the system or pass on higher costs to consumers.
The big guys like Amazon are willing to pay a little more in parcel costs or invest in building their own networks. But of course, most companies can't afford that kind of sustained investment. For instance, FedEx in February began testing a delivery robot to support SameDay City service, which offers door-to-door delivery within hours, depending on availability, seven days a week, 365 days a year, across the U.S.
FedEx and other parcel carriers are finding new ways to help customers be more competitive as customers make purchase selections based on the availability of same-day, next-day and two-day deliveries of items ranging from groceries to electronics. FedEx also added the Extra Hours program, which extends shipping cutoff times for next-day delivery later into the night. Your warehouse management system must be able to keep pace with the demands facing your business.
If you're looking for logistics software to support next-day delivery, consider Logiwa. Our cloud-based solutions help customers improve inventory and achieve 100 percent accuracy across all their sales channels, so shipments move at peak efficiency. Your team can pick, pack and ship faster so you can offer extended cutoff times and still meet the premium-shipping window. Overall, we've seen improvements that move shipments up to 2.5 times faster than other solutions. If you're ready to offer next-day shipping, Logiwa can support your strategy.
As you're seeking logistics management software for your business, look for a solution that supports all retail channels to provide brand consistency and build customer satisfaction. You'll need a solution that integrates with other mission-critical applications including accounting and ERP, online marketplaces, parcel delivery carriers, and many others. Logiwa has integrations for more than 70 applications, with more being added all the time.
To find out more about logistics software that can manage next-day shipping for your business, contact us for a demo today.