Supply chain and logistics: Should you outsource or bring it in-house?
What is supply chain management? Supply chain management refers to the planning and management involved in producing, shipping and selling products and/or services to the end-user. This may include a network of organisations, from manufacturers and producers, to suppliers and shipping companies. What is logistics management? Logistics management refers to a part of the overall […]
The State of eCommerce delivery in 2021
The retail landscape changed rapidly during the pandemic, with online retail and eCommerce growing exponentially in 2020 and 2021. We’re now in a delivery-first economy – and consumer expectations have expanded to match. eCommerce had already been growing steadily by the start of 2020, and the pandemic just accelerated that growth. The convenience of online […]
COVID Impact & Customer Service in e-Commerce (Infographic)
In a previous post, we highlighted ways in which online retailers can use shipping and fulfillment to improve their customer service. A recent study by Dotcom Distribution on the impact that COVID-19 has had on the e-Commerce sector highlights just how much consumer demands have grown throughout the pandemic and why customer service for an […]
Delivery Tracking System: Where is my Garden Furniture?
We, as members of the UK general public, have long been dreaming of the day when the announcement would come, detailing the lifting of lockdown restrictions and finally being able to get the garden furniture and BBQ out and interact with our friends and family in a non-virtual setting. Following the Prime Minister’s press conference […]
How can online retailers improve customer experiences using shipping and fulfilment in 2021?
It was back in 2007 that the online retail giant, Amazon, launched its Prime delivery service, a low-cost monthly subscription that would set a new standard for the shipping and fulfilment of products purchased over the internet. Amazon’s revolutionary Prime service provided subscribers with unlimited one day delivery on more than a million products available […]
The eCommerce Cloud Ecosystem
Since March 2020 the face of online retail has changed fundamentally. eCommerce is now the standard Even before the pandemic hit in 2020, the eCommerce retail sector had been growing steadily for the past 5-6 years. Today, whether you operate B2B or B2C, having an online presence – and the infrastructure to support that – is […]
How important is an online presence for businesses making deliveries in 2021?
Since March 2020 the face of online retail has changed fundamentally. There are so many changes to that particular sector, that particular market. As well as the pandemic, there are all sorts of other things that have clicked into place. We’ve potentially been gearing up to this for not just the last 10 months, but […]
Where’s my parcel? And other customer service questions…
Answering your customer’s delivery FAQs with Stream Anyone working in a customer-facing role knows only too well that you will be asked the same questions again and again and again. For Stream users – whether they delivery goods B2B, direct-to-consumer or as a 3PL – being able to quickly and accurately respond to questions is […]
How reviews can make or break trust in your brand
In retail (and especially eCommerce), customer expectations are higher than ever, and the rise of review culture makes it all the more important that customer experience is prioritised. Brands are now recognising the emphasis consumers place on reviews during the buying (and delivery) process. We all know that people are twice as likely to share a bad […]
Pivoting to eCommerce: How bricks-and-mortar businesses can quickly start selling online
Wholesalers, distributors and retailers operating from bricks-and-mortar premises are quickly having to find new ways to get products into the hands of their customers. For those without an established online presence, the prospect of transacting through an eCommerce website may be daunting. We’ve gathered together some resources to help brick-and-mortar businesses pivot smoothly to eCommerce. […]