writes Ian Barton, partner, corporate finance.
While 2018 has been another tough year for high-street retail, changing consumer shopping preferences continues to drive retailers to reinvent themselves. The internet has given consumers the convenience and flexibility of shopping from the comfort of their own homes, thus resulting in delivery channels being faced with the challenge of coping with this rapid shift. It has also opened up a new world of choice and price comparison that has not traditionally been available.
So, what does this mean for e-fulfilment?
Research by The Ecommerce Foundation indicates that speed and accuracy of delivery ranks highly in end-consumer expectations making them top priorities for successful e-commerce businesses.
Resulting in the need for more warehouse space to accommodate the growing demand, as well as better technology to ensure accurate, safe and efficient delivery, e-fulfilment businesses and third-party logistics operators (who previously only dealt with the demands of just final mile delivery on behalf of high street retailers) are now an integral part of the customer shopping experience. Unsurprisingly, this shift has meant that many e-fulfilment businesses find themselves either: requiring capital for expansion, seeking investment in infrastructure, or looking to exit as the business grows beyond their existing resources.
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If you are an ambitious, entrepreneurial business looking to carry out any of the above in this or an ancillary sector, we would be delighted to share our expertise and experiences with you.