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What is Fast Order Fulfillment?
Fast order fulfillment is an order fulfillment strategy to deliver parcel products to consumers as quickly as possible. Resource efficiency and speed are the primary tools when managing fast order fulfillment.
Though E-commerce stores are most frequently attributed with fast order fulfillment, a variety of shippers are interested in delivering faster – as fast delivery is a common want and trend among consumers.
What Goes Into Fast Order Fulfillment?
How a shipper crafts their fast order fulfillment strategy relies heavily on their individual parcel network – not all strategies are equal for every shipper. Some shippers focus heavily on internal resource management practices (such as pick vs. replenishment or staying on top of inventory forecasts) that affect the beginning of the order fulfillment process, while others rely heavily on parcel carriers to simply speed up the delivery component of the order fulfillment process.
Fast Order Fulfillment Delivery Practices
In the last few years, fast order fulfillment via the delivery method from parcel carriers is an increasing interest among shippers of all types. Delivery strategies like Same Day, Next Day, and Weekend Delivery have become increasingly important to shippers as they manage current parcel contracts and enter new ones. This was especially true in 2019 when the Big 2 each announced 7-Day Delivery support.
Our Best Peak Season Planning Advice for Today and Next Year
With peak season upon us, there’s no better time to look back on some of the peak holiday shipping advice we’ve given over the years.
3 Parcel Strategies that Major Retailers are Leveraging to Mitigate Carrier Capacity Constraints
Carrier capacity issues abound in this new COVID-19-impacted parcel industry, but we've identified three successful and creative strategies some of the largest brands are implementing to maintain their customer commitment.
Parcel Carrier Contract Negotiation Amidst a Global Pandemic
In 2020, shippers across the world are finding that negotiating their parcel carrier contract is unlike contract negotiation during any year prior – largely impacting those wanting to diversify their carrier network through this strategic means.
2020 Guide to COVID-19 and Peak Season Surcharges and Rate Changes
Parcel carriers have implemented a number of surchares and general rate increases due to COVID-19 and peak season – don't miss them!
The Ins and Outs of Expanding Your Carrier Base: 5 Key Questions to Ask
Before bidding out volume to a regional carrier, certain characteristics of the supply chain should be evaluated. Here, we’ll highlight five specific characteristics or network components that should be considered before selecting a regional carrier.
Parcel 101 Video Series: Fulfillment Challenges for Shippers
Parcel reports are essential to turn data into valuable, actionable information. In this video you will learn the best practices when leveraging reports in your parcel network.
Roundtable: Peak + Pandemic - Managing Carrier Capacity Challenges
The topic of this webinar is the COVID challenge in the supply chain. Due to the unprecedented times we talk about the supply chain being able to secure the capacity for the products to be shipped going into the holidays.
Roundtable: COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruptions
The topic of the webinar is about supply chain disruption primarily due to COVID. The goal today is to share those experiences, talk about some of the innovative approaches to this situation, benchmark some best practices solutions that have been implemented, and just ultimately how have you and your company approached this unprecedented supply chain disruption head-on.
PANEL: Managing Supply Chains In A Crisis
GMT's own Strategic Solutions Manager, Ron Taylor, joins Johnson & Johnson, Salem Health, and GE Healthcare to discuss a variety of supply chain challenges and trends all brands face during times of crisis.
Leading Insights From GMT's Annual Parcel Benchmark Report
GMT's own Director of Operations, D. Aaron Guild, and distinguished faculty fellow from UT GSCI, John Lebowitz present takeaways and insights from our 2020 Benchmark Report.