Wholesale companies used to think primarily in terms of pallets. Today, it is the most normal thing in the world for a wholesaler to sends boxes containing just one product. However, this doesn't change the fact that this package needs to reach the end customer as quickly as possible. Wholesalers have to deliver products more quickly as well as more frequently.
The customer is in charge
The end customer has become the determining factor. Thanks to the transparency offered by the internet, consumers and business buyers are able to navigate the global supply of goods at lightning speed. It has never been easier to track down and buy the right product. Customers go with the wholesaler who offers the best price, the quickest delivery times and the best customer experience.
These requirements determine the approaches adopted by wholesale firms, which are increasingly required to act as managers of the chain. Finding, retaining and surprising customers is key. That might sound simple, but it has an enormous impact on every aspect of the organisation – from logistics and customer engagement to service, finance and after-sales.