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Your customers’ needs and shopping behaviours are constantly evolving. What may be in peak demand tomorrow may not be the case the day after. Today, a shopping experience represents a seamless and connected journey with the end customer across multiple touch points – from one device to another, and from online to offline and back again. It’s all about convenience.
That’s why, it’s your business imperative to optimise inventory, transportation, costs, and visibility. At Maersk, we go all the way to help you simplify your retail logistics and make it more resilient with a flexible and broad suite of supply chain solutions. Because at the end of the day, if the products don’t make it to the point of sales in time, it will have a negative impact on your profitability and end-customer satisfaction.
Supermarkets & Hypermarkets
Your stock really makes or breaks your business. Overheads rise if you’re overstocked and customer loyalty falls if you’re out-of-stock. That’s why, it’s key for you to always maintain an optimum level of stock of a diversified portfolio of finished products.
Managing fresh products with a high risk of markdowns, general merchandise and longer shelf life products have never been easy. Retail is evolving at such an immense speed to cope with the ever-growing customer expectations of convenience and you need a trusted partner who understands the ins and outs of your operations from perishable produce to weekly merchandise specials.
Home Improvement, Homeware and Furniture
Selling furniture, home improvement equipment or materials for do-it-yourself projects come with unique logistics challenges. Efficient freight loading, weather related demand fluctuations or managing and optimizing transportation cost and inventory are a few of those challenges. Huge stores and the need to retain thousands of products require an accurate, timely, and cost-effective logistics service.
Traditionally, Discounters have focused on offering low prices on a targeted assortment of mostly private-label products. This includes retailers focused on low cost merchandise with ever-changing portfolios and a large number of temporary Stock Keeping Units (SKUs).
But today, these companies have redefined themselves and offer a broader variety of higher quality products and an upgraded customer experience. For Discounters to be able to take the lead both in terms of price and quality, flexibility and constant change in the supply chain is of utmost importance.
Department stores sell products for every need. Apparel, home furnishings, shoes, cook and homeware, bed and bath are organized in separate departments in the store. To cater to customers who want “fashion on demand”, it’s more important than ever to swiftly ship products to market.
E-commerce is changing the retail industry and today E-tailers are dominating online sales. E-tailers are platform retailers selling across multiple product lines – all by harnessing the power of the World Wide Web. Customers expect to have their packages delivered through multiple channels within a few days. This demand results in complexity, forcing e-tailers to become more flexible, and to adopt to new technology – especially within their warehouses.
The Specialty industry consists of retailers that focus on specific product categories as opposed to retailers who sell a large number of products. It could be companies concentrated on a single item in the categories of office supplies or drugstore supplies. Specialty retailers are to a large extent still an offline entity and focus on product expertise and the in-store experience.
For Specialty retailers, it is of utmost importance to have goods delivered on time as stock availability is key. Furthermore, the focus is also on demand forecasting and reduced lead times.
Key enablers which we build your supply chain solutions around
From sourcing to final mile delivery, gain precision and predictability in execution.
Support your multichannel need for speed across flows of cargo, data, documents, and payments.
Boost productivity and eliminate inefficiencies using our optimised supply chain solutions.
Manage exceptions proactively by constantly tracking supply chain activity, from end to end.
Leverage our industry expertise regarding compliant and innovative supply chain solutions.
Let our experience in building sustainable supply chains guide your decision making.
Together, we can build a more reliable retail supply chain
Retail is at a stage where it needs to constantly evolve and innovate to achieve the end goal of having a happy consumer-base – and this involves acting as a partner who caters to all demands and provides flexibility.
Here’s how Maersk’s retail logistics solutions will help you to deliver the right product to the right location at the right time.