e-Commerce Retailer Growing Pains : RushPRNews - Newswire & Global Press Release Distribution

 
Bookmark and Share

e-Commerce Retailer Growing Pains

August 5, 2013

e-Commerce Retailer Growing Pains

Cardiff United Kingdom (RPRN) 08/05/13 — E-commerce is one of the fastest growing markets in Europe, according to a report on 2012 figures by the Centre for Retail Research. It also states that online retailers in the UK, Germany, and France accounted for 71% of total European online sales.

It is predicted that, from 2013, annual growth of online retail will settle down to around 10% in the UK, whilst elsewhere in Europe it will grow by an average of 14-16%.  Either way, running an e-commerce business can be a commercially fruitful experience, yet a logistical nightmare operationally.

Most businesses that start an e-commerce venture will start with a business model that is, in basic terms, buying items cheaply and selling them for profit, using purchasing power to dial in the volumes required to make significant margins. One major downside is that the logistics function within the business, which often starts as something very simple in the minds of the entrepreneur, soon grows to one of the biggest animals within the operation. Stocking issues, warehouse management, delivery problems and high staff turnover are just some of the trials that our modern e-commerce entrepreneur faces when running an e-commerce business.

Scalability and growth go hand-in-hand, according to Small Business Trends in their article ‘Ten Approaches That May Shape the Future of E-Commerce’. One of the points of this article covers scalability, where retailers are too focused on creating an e-commerce system that can seize a large section of market share, but struggle to fulfil their orders because they employ an out-dated - or worse still - no warehouse management system.

Michael Boarer, Chief Operating Officer of ProFS, an e-commerce fulfilment company with warehouses throughout Europe, also agrees. “We see so many businesses that have become operationally out of control,” states Mr. Boarer. “Their e-commerce strategy is almost perfect, apart from the final and most vital elements - the fulfilment and logistics. Businesses have found that outsourcing their operation to us in its entirety can provide them with peace of mind that they are working with experts, whilst their overheads are drastically reduced and delivery performance can be guaranteed.

“The benefits of employing an integrated supply chain cannot be overstated - it can potentially bring about a dramatic reduction in any a business’s number of stock days. This could therefore reduce their annual cost of stock by a percentage in the double digits.”

Michael also sees cross-channel integration as a potential pitfall for a lot of e-commerce brands that are in their growth cycle. "The advent of mobile devices with advanced functionality has created another headache for e-commerce businesses."

The Small Business Trends article agrees when they state that the need for cross-channel integration has made retailers ensure that their logistics suppliers are proficient at delivering real-time inventory feeds without sacrificing a steady experience.

Michael from ProFS understands the concerns of e-commerce businesses that have a logistical platform in place and appreciates the reasons why they may be reluctant to change to an outsourced model. “Some businesses just cannot comprehend the mind-shift that is needed to make the move to e-commerce outsourced fulfilment. This is why we developed an advanced calculator on our website, so that the user can privately enter their own information and see the savings they can make with our outsourced model.”

The calculator is available online at www.profulfilment.com/calculator1/

Media Contact Name: Dean Spencer
Media E-mail:
Media Phone: 01332 253840
Media Web Address: http://www.grapevine-group.co.uk
Company Contact Name: Michael Boarer
Company E-mail:
Company Phone: 0203 393 7099
Company Web Address: http://www.profulfilment.com
Click here to see all news from this author/company

Filed Under: BREAKING NEWS, Technology, PRESS RELEASE, United Kingdom

RUSH PR NEWS newswire and press release services at rushprnews.com / Anne Howard annehowardpublicist.com

Content- Legal Responsibility - All material is copyrighted - You may repost but you MUST link back to the original post on your page and acknowledge Rush PR News as the news source. Rush PR News is not legally and/or morally responsible for content of press releases, opinions expressed or fact-checking.

Rush PR News cannot be held legally responsible for material published and distributed through its newswire service or published in its press-room and therefore cannot be sued for published material. Third-party must be contacted directly to dispute content.

Rush PR News is not the contact for material published.

RSSFeed PRESS & SOCIAL MEDIA RELEASES

Albi Homes And Brookfield Residential Calgary Distinguished With Inaugural Avid Home Quality Awards

Calgary, Alberta 09/22/14 · Albi Homes And Brookfield Residential Calgary Multi-Family Division...

BYStudio packaging design company in Los Angeles CA Launches New Package Design Company Website

Los Angeles, CA 09/16/14 · BYStudio packaging design company in Los Angeles California...

NEW ACCOMMODATIONS AT STE. ANNE’S SPA VILLAGE

GRAFTON, ONTARIO 09/16/14 · Ste. Anne’s Spa has opened the doors to...

Twenty dollars discount on your next press release submission order

SAN FRANCISCO 09/15/14 ·  RushPRNews is offering you a September PR coupon...

Back Bends & Chest Openers: A Workshop at Studio Blue Yoga

Toronto, ON 09/11/14 · Back Bends to Extend the Spine & Expand...

The Think Pink Challenge; Reel Men Fish Pink

Hempstead, Long Island, NY 09/09/14 · Eposeidon Outdoor Adventure, Inc. kicks off a campaign...

Yoga Retreat for Breast Cancer Survivors at Ste. Anne's Spa

GRAFTON 09/04/14 · In honour of breast cancer awareness month, Ste....

Rice Bucket Challenge has raised 3.5 Million for the Hungry

Tanauan, Philippines 09/03/14 · The Rice Bucket Challenge announced today that donations...

Ultraseal International to exhibit at Ankiros 2014

Coventry, UK 09/03/14 · Ultraseal International, a global leader in providing solutions...

Unconstitutional wire tape:a personal testimonial

N Las Vegas 09/02/14 · Hello my name is Sumayah Hodges, I live...

Swift Travel Deals Set To Become Multi-Million Dollar Agency!

Miami, FL 09/01/14 · Lux Millionaire Magazine/ --If you are looking for a...

New Online Scheduling Platform That Helps Appointment Based Businesses

London, UK 08/30/14 · Book the Slot (http://provider.booktheslot.com/signin) has recently been piloting...

Ultraseal International helps powertrain manufacturers to improve quality cost effectively

Ann Arbor, MI 08/29/14 · Ultraseal America will explain to powertrain manufacturers how...