Given the recent news, you can be forgiven for feeling as though you’ve heard enough about supply and demand to last a lifetime. Or more specifically, the lack of equilibrium in the relationship. Since toilet roll stole the show in 2020 leaving supermarket shelves across the nation sparse, huge questions have been hanging over the logistics and transport sectors.
Recent weeks have seen mass panic purchases of fuel following the September energy crisis. It goes without saying that if businesses across the board hadn’t already been kickstarted into rethinking their business models, they truly have now. And fast.
The domination of e-commerce
Both well-established companies and up-and-coming start-ups can recognise the huge shift in consumer behaviour from physical shopping to online purchasing. So much so that a report carried out by the Centre of Retail Research states that by the end of 2021, online sales will make up almost a third of overall retail spending.
This 11% increase on the pre-pandemic share in 2019 is proof that e-commerce’s stronghold shan’t be releasing anytime soon. And that re-establishing fluency within the supply-demand relationship is key for businesses wanting to continue riding on the success wave of online sales.
Seeking a streamlined solution
Having a ‘golden ticket’ product that everyone wants is every entrepreneur’s dream. That is, until demand peaks to unmanageable levels in terms of storage and distribution. Granted, you’d always rather too much demand than too little, but where products are flying off the virtual shelves, it’s essential business models are adjusted to keep up with activity. Prioritising a solution that can streamline such a logistical process has never been more important.
Thankfully, we’ve been aware of this for some time at Aramex. And so, we’ve built up a UK-based warehouse and logistics network that is continuously tweaked to reflect a changing landscape of demand. Starting from the ground-up, we strategically sourced locations for warehouses in spots primed for efficient transportation. Take our site in Manchester; it’s primely located on the M62 corridor, smack-bang in the centre of the northern motorway circuit. Just around the corner is also Manchester airport, ensuring convenience for any imports or exports by air.
We’re trusted to look after a wide-range of stock, and we think it’s imperative to be able to demonstrate why. We benefit from Heywood Distribution Park’s 24/7-365 award-winning security, featuring an expansive CCTV network and gatehouse entry. That’s peace of mind, all-round.
More than simply ‘just a storage space’
Whether you require storage for products in their tens or thousands, we’re confident that the size of our warehouses means storage capacity isn’t restricted. Our forward-thinking warehouse management system is in constant development, and soon to undergo another upgrade for added effectiveness. Incorporating technological advancements within our established systems ensures that both our clients and ourselves always have access to the data that’s important. Especially in the right here, right now.
From the moment products arrive on-site, they’re electronically registered to allow for fully-controlled stock management. A tool particularly important to those selling via e-commerce. Having real-time, transparent views over stock levels helps marry supply with demand, providing the vitals needed to make adjustments in accordance with activity. And the cherry on top? Our WMS system integrates with any carrier or customer stock system. Talk about having a 360° view!
Solutions that keep on coming
Many of our warehouse employees have been with us for years. So, we can confidently say our personnel have strong understandings of our systems, what works best for our differing customers, and which additional tools help achieve the best results. As well as ensuring that all-important five-star last-mile delivery, our staff help take our service provision the extra mile.
Additional to our core offering is a variety of value-added services. Product reworks, re-kitting, relabeling, and re-boxing are just some of the extra processes we provide. We’re proud to be able to fully tailor our solutions to meet your business needs.