It will be less than two weeks left before Black Friday and consumers are already feeling the buzz. There is nothing more enticing and tempting than the thought of overly discounted items. For consumers, Black Friday is probably one of the busiest days of the year. Countless of people would be swamping numerous shopping establishments just to get their hands on the now affordable items they had been meaning to buy before.
But Black Fridays are not only for traditional shoppers, it is also a busy day for the e-commerce industry as well. Last year, people have spent billions shopping online during Black Friday and this year wouldn’t be an exception. Now, everyone knows online shopping is very different from traditional on-hand shopping and the big question is how can online retailers cope?
Well, for starters, they would have to optimize the physical aspect of retailing as orders would have to be processed as quickly as possible. This would prove a big challenge because retailers would still have to ensure that customers are provided with the best shopping experience. For this reason, retailers would have to know what items they need to stock and this is where technology comes in. Probably the best way to gather information is through social media. Through social media, retailers would be able to determine the current trends and the items that people are sure to buy for the holidays. Afterwards, they would have to come up with the best sources of fast distribution. This would mean that they would also have to get items from an outsourced supplier apart from their own in order to save time. They would need to make the customers happy and the only way to do so is to make sure that the orders arrive on time and safely.
Retailers would have to work with couriers to do this. Luckily, lots of couriers nowadays use technology to determine the available options in every location. It would then decide which couriers are the best to use to offer the best value to the retailers. It will also track the items stored in the strongest of Paper Mart boxes being delivered so that the customers know where their orders are.