Same-Day Delivery: Logisticsí New Battleground?

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Ariella
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Ariella   12/15/2012 6:34:43 PM
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@Barbara Of course, it's not cost-effective, but it may still be worth it for people who don't plan ahead to be able to avoid what amounts to a rush charge. 

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Barbara Jorgensen   12/6/2012 1:40:29 PM
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My concern is overall the industry will be less diligent about forecasting. I know that when I have safety nets -- overnight shipping, faxing or emialing a document   -- I wait until the last minute. Obviously, this is more expensive.

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t.alex   12/6/2012 9:19:21 AM
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This is in fact a good concept which can be a niche business to target at customers who really need something urgently. I believe one of the top challenge is how to manage inventory effectively. Specifically if there is a good way to predict the parts that customers may need urgently most, we can focus more on those rather than keeping stock of every possible things. Other challenges include keeping the transportation cost down and the carbon footprint low.

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Jacob   12/6/2012 2:16:54 AM
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Barbara, I think this is already a proven model by most of the online shopping websites. They used to have warehouse at multiple locations and online order will be processed from nearby warehouse to the place intent to delivery. Since they have multiple items from multiple vendors, maintaining warehouse at different locations may not be a big issue. But when it comes for components or devices, customer may place the order once in a while, so warehouse at different locations may not be profitable.

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prabhakar_deosthali   12/6/2012 12:14:03 AM
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In my opinion same day delivery is not a good idea for routine manufacturing processes where everything is well planned ahead of the actual requirements on the shop floor. The cost overheads associated with the same day delivery models can escalate the product cost unnecessarily.

Same day delivery is good for the designers who normally run a race against time to bring new innovations in the market ahead of their competition.

Same day delivery is also good for consumer goods delivery to the final customers - a value addition to the company's image and possibly also an additional orders just because of this feature.

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Barbara Jorgensen   12/5/2012 9:07:06 AM
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I sort of dismissed this idea at first, but then began to think about it. It has the potential to become one of those thigns that we can't do without once we've tried it. Who would have thought FedEx would have become so crucial to our day-to-day?

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_hm   12/4/2012 9:20:52 PM
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This is also a wonderful news for freelance design consultant. Many a times you get sudden idea or your test needs one or more special parts. You may not like to wait for whole day. Generally one drive to local electroincs parts store. But if you get delivery at your office / home in few hours, that is wonderful news. This is a nich market and has very good potential.

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Same-Day Delivery a Possibility for Those WIlling to Pay
kjosefschmidt   12/4/2012 5:30:13 PM
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With today's increasingly faster pace of business, combined with compressed development times for new products, it is certainly possible to carve out a business niche for same day delivery for those customers willing to pay top dollar for that that service. Geography plays a role, too, inside the US it is much easier to offer same day delivery when moving west towards time zones that are further behind. One other untapped opportunity is same-day delivery from Asia. Direct flights that leave Asian hubs arrive in the US at the same time or even a few hours earlier than when they left, so same-day delivery for trans-Pacific flights are a possibility.



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