Do you ever wonder how a product you click on today can be shipped to your home as soon as tomorrow? Some companies offer this service and some don’t, but the fact of the matter is that giants like Amazon, Overstock, and Wayfair make it look easy to get things you need and want in a jiffy. If you ever wonder how big companies get products to your door quickly and cheaply, keep reading.
By Land, Air and Sea
First off, these guys aren’t playing around. They use every possible mode of transportation to get products from their warehouses and to your door. One tried and true route is by the use of trucks. Yes, those big trailers rolling down the highway are probably filled with products headed to a fulfillment center or to a logistics building for processing and route routing.
This is all made possible by using each and every last resource available, including finding used semi trailers for sale if they don’t have enough. Products are shipped by air and sea to docks where trucks wait to be loaded and they then proceed to the warehouses for stocking. Then, when you click “buy now” and opt for next day shipping, the package begins its journey. Through the fulfillment center, to the logistics center, to the driver and your door inside a 24-hour window. It’s amazing, to say the least.
Speed and Efficiency are Key
Speed and efficiency are vital for these businesses as they require things to be properly packed and shipped in a timely manner in order to satisfy the customer. Because the quicker you can get your Secret Life of Pets 2 toy for the holiday season the better, right? Employees are encouraged to work quickly while keeping mistakes and errors down.
The same goes for the delivery drivers. They are also told to be speedy without speeding — no running red lights or going over the speed limit while driving — all the while delivering a van full of packages during a 10-hour shift. It might sound grueling but with next day shipping being a real thing, it has to happen.
Products to Your Door
As soon as you check out from your online store, the gears are in motion for each and every product you order. When the bedroom needs a little makeover and you click on a new bed sheet set to change up the look of the room, the system then tells the personnel in control that this item has been purchased, by whom and the address where it is to be shipped.
The logistics put in place to run this type of operation are amazing. Once you’ve bought the item and it’s been packaged up, it gets placed on a route that would best suit the driver in regards to trip efficiency. It’s not a random, “well I’m over on this side of town lets see what’s over here that I can deliver.” Depending on the number of packages a driver has to deliver, each and every item is placed in a queuing line on the GPS system to make it easier for the driver to get it to your door the next day.
Keeping Costs Low
Companies like these work hard to keep their operations running while keeping costs down, but how? They use bulk purchasing, buying out popular products and cornering the market on them.
Just think about it. If you are able to buy that glorious makeup kit you’ve had your eye on while you are in your pajamas and have it show up tomorrow without having to get dressed, do something with your hair, grabbing the kids (if you have them) and drive to Ulta or your favorite makeup store and back home. You probably couldn’t click that add to cart button fast enough now could you?
So the combination of low cost and bulk purchases by the big companies and the ability to get products from one location to the next in blazing speed with minimal, if any, errors, allows them to keep costs down. All while serving you, the customer the products you want and need quickly and efficiently.
The companies we love most make online ordering and shipping look simple, but it’s actually a very intricate system. Aren’t you glad that you understand it a little bit more, now?