July 9, 2020

New whitepaper shows how to boost productivity and profitability in online grocery operation

A new whitepaper illustrates how retailers can boost their productivity and profitability in the online grocery sector. It describes how supermarkets and other retailers can leverage innovations such as reusable shopping containers and Internet of Things-based tracking technologies to address a variety of storage, distribution, and delivery challenges associated with home delivery and click-and-collect operations. 

The whitepaper, entitled Online shopping made simple explains how reusable containers explicitly designed with online shopping in mind have resulted in more streamlined business operations, enabling retailers to meet customer expectations and balance costs.

“The online grocery sector is expanding at a rapid pace across Europe with both home delivery and click-and-collect pick-up increasing in popularity,” says Adrian Dale, managing director of Polymer Logistics. “As a result, supermarkets and other retailers are spending a lot of time and effort ensuring perishable goods arrive in perfect condition. One key factor is the selection of the most appropriate reusable container technology, as this can have a significant impact on every aspect of the online delivery process.”

The paper from Polymer Logistics explains how advanced ergonomic and space-saving design has led to the improved functionality of reusable containers, allowing order fulfilment teams to work more quickly and efficiently. It also describes how the use of IoT-based sensor technology means individual containers can be accurately tracked, reducing container losses, and boosting profitability. 

The document looks at how the look and feel of reusable home delivery containers can play a significant role in enhancing brand value, while outlining sustainability advantages associated with eliminating much of the household cardboard associated with e-commerce. 

“It is clear that the growing popularity of e-commerce presents some real business opportunities in the grocery sector,” adds Adrian Dale. “As a result, supermarkets are increasingly looking to form long-term partnerships with supply chain logistic providers who can help deliver technical innovation that results in added business value. 

“At Polymer Logistics, we have worked with many of the leading supermarkets across Europe to design and manufacture bespoke reusable shopping containers that meet both strict performance specifications and detailed branding specifications. These crates have been proven to help retailers improve the efficiency of order fulfilment operations and provide better product protection, while also helping them achieve sustainability objectives.”

To find out more about how supply chain technologies can improve your online grocery operations, download the whitepaper here: Online shopping made simple.