On Demand Logisitics
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With the rapid changing world the technology has brought the world closer, customers from all over the world can purchase your products with just a click. Our intuitive system can bring your online business globally, and fulfil orders in a streamline process. Together with our global logistics network, we can provide well-rounded and most competitive pricing solutions.
Our On demand logistics offer a wider array of services:
Smart Warehouse: Autonomous Mobile Robot warehouse processing order 24/7
Overseas Fulfilment Centers around the world: Store products and fulfil orders closer to your targeted customers
Best Order Management System: User-friendly system making your shipping experience easier
Pre-built Integration: Just a click away to integrate your E-Commerce platform like Shopify, WooCommerce, Amazon, Shopee, TradeGecko, Shipstation, Magento, ECWID, PrestaShop
Automatic, Speed and Accurate Fulfilment Process: Orders will be systemically sorted and displayed on the dashboard for easy managing and tracking
Flexible Shipping Solutions: Range of shipping options depend on your business budget
Transparent Data Dashboard: From storage fees to shipping fees, all data insights are ready for your view
What is on-demand logistics?
On-demand logistics is much more than just an industry buzzword. It refers to a modern logistics strategy that enables online brands to expand customer reach geographically and fulfill orders as soon as they are placed.
In many cases, on-demand logistics can support multichannel retailing, which streamlines and automates the fulfillment process for orders that come in through multiple sales channels.
On-demand logistics require a robust distribution network, flexible fulfillment solutions, and the latest technology and automation tools that enable speed and accuracy.
How on-demand logistics is changing the delivery experience
Customers expect fast, consistent, and reliable shipping. So it’s no wonder that on-demand logistics is the key to driving more sales and keeping customers coming back for more.
Marketplaces like Amazon and Walmart have set the delivery standard around 2-day shipping.
But fast delivery can be costly. Expedited shipping is always an option, and some customers are willing to pay the extra for shipping that fast, but there are ways to leverage standard shipping options and still provide fast delivery.
Inventory distribution is a common on-demand logistics model. Ecommerce businesses that first start out will often pack and ship items themselves (or might also rent a single warehouse to help with storage needs). But as the business grows, on-demand logistics cannot be achieved by fulfilling orders from a single location.
That’s why fast-growing online brands partner with logistics companies, such as AFL Logistics, that offer multiple fulfillment locations to store inventory, have orders fulfilled, and ship packages through the most efficient route.
Since on-demand logistics companies partner with thousands of merchants, they are able to provide discounted shipping rates from major and regional parcel carriers and let brands utilize a small amount of space in their fulfillment center(s).
This is just one example of how brands can enable an on-demand logistics strategy without the the need to invest in their own infrastructure and technology.
Here is an overview of how on-demand logistics can benefit your ecommerce business.
Faster shipping times
Amazon Prime might have popularized it first, but now nearly every online shopper expects to see a 2-day delivery option on all ecommerce stores.
In fact, 36% of online customers will abandon cart if they’re not satisfied with the expected shipping date.
Offering fast shipping options, such as 2-day shipping, can be quite tricky, considering you need to ensure that the shipping methods you offer don’t cut into your profit margins.
But by distributing inventory based on where there is demand (and once your volume justifies it, where the extra storage and initial transportation costs can be offset by the average costs savings in shipping), you can offer more or all of your customers affordable 2-day shipping via ground.
This is because you can ship from the location closest to each customer to reduce the average shipping zone.
Lower fulfillment costs
Order fulfillment costs include all the charges and expenses that relate to warehouse receiving; storing and managing inventory; processing orders; and picking, packing and shipping orders.
In an extremely competitive retail environment, on-demand logistics might seem nearly impossible to achieve when most of your time and logistics budget is being spent on:
Warehousing and storage fees
Hiring and training staff
Implementing fulfillment software
Purchasing and stocking up on packing materials
Kitting and assembling items
To lower fulfillment costs, you have to consider both the financial investment and the time spent on logistics.
Partnering with a third-party logistics (3PL) company is a great solution. A 3PL partner can help your business save on costs and time, freeing up resources to focus instead on product development, marketing, and business growth. With a 3PL, you can meet customer expectations while keeping fulfillment costs low.
By distributing the right quantities of inventory to multiple fulfillment centers within a 3PLs network, you can sync your sales channels with your 3PL’s technology, so all orders placed are routed to the nearest fulfillment center location. This allows you to optimize your shipping strategy, reduce shipping costs, and speed up last-mile delivery.
Meet consumer demand
On-demand logistics uses technology that allows merchants to expand their operations and access aggregated logistics data in real time.
This allows merchants to gains insights to make better decisions around product allocation and when it’s time to replenish stock (and at what locations) to meet demand.
For instance, AFL Logistics is a 3PL that operates multiple fulfillment locations across the globe. Every location is powered by the same, proprietary software, which offers visibility into inventory and orders, as well as fulfillment and shipping performance.
With access to advanced data and analytics, you can make better decisions on how to meet consumer demand and expectations.
You can also automatically provide customers with order tracking, and if they ever have an issue or question about an order, you can easily view orders across AFL Logistics entire fulfillment network in real time to provide an update.
Inventory forecasting is another important aspect of on-demand logistics. Without inventory, you can’t ship orders. By using historical data to forecast demand, you can ensure you have enough inventory available and stored at all times, set automatic reorder points, and even calculate how much safety stock to have on hand.
With more online brands growing worldwide, there is a tremendous need for more warehousing and storage space.
On-demand warehouses are gaining popularity due to the ability to access space and only pay for the space you need to store your ecommerce inventory.
Some on-demand warehousing solutions rent our other 3PLs’ open space, but other on-demand warehousing companies simply use garages and other buildings that aren’t designed for fulfillment.
It is a good hack to beat issues such as the lack of affordable warehouse spaces closer to where the customers are located, or if you need extra space during the holiday season.
But the goal is to meet customer expectations, which means your fulfillment strategy must be reliable and accurate, and you can’t rely on geographic location alone.
That said, on-demand warehousing is mostly a short-term solution that cannot guarantee a consistent experience, leading to more fulfillment errors. When the warehouse is not run by your own on-the-ground staff, it becomes difficult to resolve issues quickly, which leads to poor customer support.
On-demand logistics for flexible fulfillment
Since the ecommerce landscape is always changing, it is important to partner with a 3PL that provides not only on-demand logistics solutions but also room for growth.
The right 3PL should always being implementing improvements with the latest technology and supply chain best practices, as well as continuously expand their distribution network.
Here are some of the reasons why partnering with the right 3PL can provide flexibility in your on-demand logistics operations.
Manage changes in demand
A tech-enabled 3PL can provide visibility into your supply chain, so you can track shifts in customer demand and plan your logistics accordingly.
For instance, AFL Logistics not only fulfills orders but makes it easy to connect your store with AFL's fulfillment software, so you can get insights to questions such as:
What were my historical stock levels at any point in time in any location?
By when do I need to reorder inventory for each product?
How often is each product sold across channels?
If I run a flash sale on my site, how will this affect my available inventory levels?
How does product demand compare to previous periods?
How are my sales affected by different seasons and months?
What are my best-selling items?
Which items are not generating sales and incurring high storage fees?
By having insights into demand, you can use historical data to predict the future, allocate inventory to the right locations, and reorder just enough inventory to optimize storage.
Better inventory management
Many 3PLs like AFL Logistics make it easy to connect your store (and other sales channels) with their technology. Once your store is connected, you can access built-in inventory management software, so you can track inventory in real time.
AFL Logistics allows you to distribute inventory and manage it all from one dashboard, while you view inventory levels in real-time, set automatic reorder notifications, determine how much buffer inventory you should have on hand, see what your best-selling items are, and much more.
How AFL’s on-demand logistics services meet customer expectations
As a trusted 3PL provider, AFL Logistics offers scalability, reliability, and consistency in our on-demand logistics solution. Here is how AFL Logistics can help you meet customer expectations.
1. Flexible fulfillment options
As a business partner, AFL Logistics believes in scalability. You may be a startup when you first partner with us. Then, you stay with us for years as you grow, expand into new channels, regions, fulfillment centers, etc., even across the globe.
AFL’s ability to provide flexible fulfillment solutions enables merchants to optimize their supply chain through every stage of growth. Our technology also integrates easily with leading ecommerce solutions. You can learn more about our vast partner ecosystem here.
As your business expands, AFL Logistics offers hands-on customer support and the resources needed to manage both national and international logistics.
2. 2-day delivery shipping options
Even if you run a small business, with AFL’s expansive on-demand logistics infrastructure, 2-day delivery is achievable.
With AFL Logistics, you have the ability to achieve 100% 2-day shipping coverage across the continental United States and Europe whether you a fulfilling from one of our fulfillment centers or taking advantage of multiple fulfillment centers.
3. Worldwide Network of distributed warehouses
AFL Logistics offers a network of fulfillment centers cover United Status, Canada, Europe, Asia, Hong Kong and China to help you strategically expand into new distribution locations based on where your customers are located. Whenever an order is placed, it is routed to the fulfillment center closest to your customer to fulfill the order.
This not only speeds up order delivery and reduces shipping costs, but it also helps mitigate risks in case of unexpected warehouse closures or inability of carriers to pick up from the facility due to bad weather.
4. Transparent data dashboard
When it comes to on-demand logistics, you have to have insights in the entire inbound and outbound logistics process. You want to keep fulfillment logistics costs down, improve speed of deliveries, and consistently meet demand despite sales fluctuations.
With AFL’s free analytics and data reporting tool, you don’t need to juggle multiple spreadsheets anymore. AFL Logistics makes it easy to automatically track your orders and inventory and provide insights into fulfillment performance, shipping, future demand, logistics costs, and more.
5. Accurate order fulfillment
Order accuracy is just as important (if not more) than fast delivery. Once you start to manage a high volume of monthly orders, it can be a challenge to not only replenish inventory on time but also fulfill orders quickly and accurately.
At AFL Logistics, we take order accuracy very seriously. Whether it’s validations used in our warehouse management system used by our fulfillment team to confirm each step of the fulfillment process, or improving our warehouse picking and packing processes, AFL Logistics is constantly looking for ways to improve and achieve higher levels of order accuracy.
6. Best-in-class warehouse management system
AFL’s on-demand logistics network is powered by our reliable warehouse management system (WMS). Built and owned by AFL Logistics, our WMS tracks logistics activities across all of our fulfillment centers.
Since our entire network is powered by the proprietary tech stack, merchants get insights into accurate inventory counts while it enables AFL Logistics to offer a consistent fulfillment performance and a high accuracy rate — no matter what locations you store inventory in.
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To meet customer expectations around on-demand logistics, AFL's provides the infrastructure, technology, expertise, and premium customer support you need.
AFL Logistics can help you save time and money with access to multiple fulfillment center locations, best-in-class software, and the ability to automate shipping.
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