Will brick and mortar stores decline, thus reducing the need for pallets?
Omni-Channel retailing takes the historical buying experience of the brick and mortar store to a level that offers consumers a multitude of methods for product research, buying and order fulfillment.
Omni-Channel Retailing offers consumers a variety of channels for their buying experience. This includes brick and mortar stores, online stores, mobile stores, mobile apps, telephone and multiple combinations of these channels.
Consumers are buying more and more goods online or through a mobile device to avoid the hassle and inconvenience of driving to a retail store(s). The role of the pallet will change, but the net impact to the number of pallets in use on any given day has yet to be determined. I can envision a system in which fewer pallets are needed for bulk shipments and more shipments are made in parcel form.
So how do you think Omni-Channel Retailing will affect the pallet? Is this good for pallets overall or will fewer and fewer pallets be needed?
Post by: Rich Reiher, Vice President
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