Retailers and manufacturers increasingly realize that the shortest way to a customer’s doorstep is through direct delivery. These businesses are adopting direct-to-customer logistics strategies that do just that – ship products directly from supplier to customer. No stops at a distributor, wholesaler, or retailer. This trend is taking hold among B2C shippers as well as B2B sellers. Direct-to-consumer shipping comes in multiple forms including “drop shipping,” “direct shipping,” and the hybrid-form “direct ship vendor” (DSV). Each is designed to address specific business needs, with benefits that include faster deliveries, inventory efficiency, and improved customer engagement.
Our whitepaper, “Direct Shipping offers Flexibility and Efficiency, Including for Canada-Bound Shipments,” takes an in-depth look at direct-to-consumer options, focusing on hybrid DSV solutions. As the whitepaper clarifies, DSV solutions are especially beneficial for U.S. businesses that ship to the Canadian market, with improved transit times and cost-effectiveness.
In this whitepaper, you’ll gain:
- An understanding of the drop shipping concept, including the benefits and downsides associated with this approach
- A comprehensive overview of what is direct shipping and learn the advantages and potential drawbacks
- Insights into which retailers and manufacturers have successfully implemented direct-to-consumer strategies
- An overview of the hybrid direct ship vendor approach
- An understanding of the logistics considerations for a successful DSV solution
- Insights into what special considerations are needed for direct shipping success in the Canadian market