While the top priority remains reducing operating costs, it’s encouraging to note that 94 percent of respondents tell us that they are doing something to achieve this goal. In fact, companies are favoring not just one, but two top initiatives: improving warehouse processes (67 percent) and improving inventory control (61 percent).
The growth of omni-channel marketing finds us keeping a close watch on the different channels respondents are servicing.
All in all, the DC profile across North America has remained consistent over the past few years. About 70 percent have three or fewer buildings in their distribution network, with 59 percent operating less than 250,000-square-feet of space in their distribution network.
The days of forcing customers to receive full pallet quantities of a SKU are few and far between. According to this year’s data, most are receiving and shipping product in a mix of full pallet, case, and split case quantities. Saenz points out that regardless of the inbound unit of measure, the outbound trend will be in smaller quantities, such as split and full case.