Ship-from-store is today’s hottest retail trend, in which brick-and-mortar retailers fulfill online orders from nearby stores. The logistics, handling and space demands of pre-manufactured packaging materials is problematic for Ship-from-store retailers at both the Store and Distribution Center levels. The space-saving versatile MINI PAK’R® has become the packaging tool of choice for many omnichannel retailers today.
Ship-from-store helps save sales, improve margins, reduce delivery times and will keep your customers coming back for more. Protect your inventory, save on damaged shipments costs, and maximize your retail associates’ time with the MINI PAK’R®.
Brick-and-mortar retailers challenged with competing against large e-tailers, have discovered the value of utilizing their existing store base and inventory to ship customer orders from the most local store thus leveraging inventory reducing freight costs and extending the number of selling days.
If you have multiple store locations and want to increase the customer experience through faster delivery and reduce your shipping costs, Ship-from-store may be right for you.
- Optimizes in-store inventory
- Decreases shipping time and expense
- Minimizes out-of-stock product
- Expands online product assortment
- Improves customer loyalty
Ship-from-store allows you to reduce cart abandonment, move stale inventory, reduce costs, and deliver on customer expectations. Kibo
Consumer electronics retail chain Best Buy Co. Inc. says its efforts to more closely link its stores with its e-commerce site are paying off, and the merchant reported a 5.3% increase in domestic online sales for the fiscal first quarter of 2016.
David Sisco, UPS retail segment marketing director, shares these additional benefits for retailers who adopt the Ship-from-store approach:
- FASTER SHIPPING TO THE CUSTOMER, AT LOWER COST. Putting inventory closer to customers gets products in their hands faster, allowing for single-zone ground delivery, which reduces transportation cost. “Retailers have the flexibility to offer free shipping when an item can be fulfilled from a local store,” he says.
- REDUCED MARKDOWNS. Improved visibility into excess inventory across all stores can preserve margins and avoid costly markdowns. “If you have an order for boots from Maine, and a store in Florida has too many in stock, you can sell at full price and ship from the Florida store, because taking a hit on the transportation cost is better than a 40 percent markdown.”
- IMPROVED ASSET UTILIZATION. Using a Ship-from-store strategy increases inventory turnover and helps retailers maintain less inventory overall, Sisco says. “In addition, growth-oriented retailers can avoid investing capital in additional distribution centers by leveraging existing retail stores and turning them into virtual distribution centers.”
If you are considering a Ship-From-store program, we recommend that you contact our Ship-From-store expert, Pete Steinke, Director of Retail Sales at FP International: 650-533-3230.
Pete has worked with the nation’s largest retailers to implement successful Ship-From-store programs.