Meeting the same-day delivery challenge in Australia.
Micro-fulfilment is also a rapidly growing market, allowing supply chain leaders to capitalise on infrastructure that is already available to them. This plan bridges the gap between 3–4-day delivery and same-day by strategically locating smaller fulfilment centres in key hubs instead of depending on one or two larger distribution centres (DCs). With a few DCs in densely populated areas, same day delivery becomes more manageable.
There's an opportunity for businesses to use data analytics and evaluate their consumer base. If fulfilment and logistics partners can understand where the products are being sold, where the products are being requested for delivery, and which geographic area is looking at specific products at any given time – that data can be used to strategise more efficient fulfilment.
Based on the information gathered, retailers can send in-demand products to different micro-fulfilment locations such as shopping centres or other dedicated facilities. Since stock is in place and ready to be picked, retailers can confidently meet consumer expectations of same-day delivery and push relevant messaging on the marketing end.
A perfect example of how companies are implementing same-day delivery is by converting brick-and-mortar stores into mini warehouses. Typically, when a customer places an online order, they are able to select either 'Click and Collect' or 'Click and Deliver'. If all products are present on-site team members will pack the order, with it guaranteed to get delivered the same day.
An Aussie case study: Chemist Warehouse and Körber in same-day delivery success
Since COVID-19, Chemist Warehouse, Australia’s largest pharmacy retailer, experienced a huge increase in online orders, reaching even higher levels than previous Black Friday and Christmas peaks.
As a result, the retailer launched Click and Deliver in 2020 across its Australian and New Zealand stores. This same-day delivery service from Chemist Warehouse and Körber offers Chemist Warehouse customers flexible and convenient delivery options. With this solution complementing the retailer’s previous sophisticated Click and Collect service.
“We wanted to ensure that we could offer our customers the safest possible option to shop during COVID-19 restrictions. We knew that for many they felt it was a risk to leave their homes and shop in the traditional way, so we approached Körber to help us develop our existing Click and Collect solution to become a Click and Deliver solution,” Mark Finocchiaro, Managing Partner and Director, Chemist Warehouse Group said.
The solution was developed in four-weeks by the Melbourne-based team. To gain faster fulfilment times, Körber developed a solution whereby the picking and packing of online orders is done in store, instead of from a central distribution centre (DC). When a customer selects an order on the Chemist Warehouse website or app, the Chemist Warehouse Order Management System (OMS) will check the stock levels in the stores closest to that customer to fulfil the order.
The introduction of this solution and partnership with Körber gave Chemist Warehouse the capacity to fulfil around 200,000 orders a month, a significant increase on the previous 30,000.