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67% Of Supply Chain Leaders Have Increased Investments In Dtc Fulfillment Since 2020

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More than two-thirds of executives in commerce and supply chain businesses across North America say their organization’s investment in direct-to-consumer (DTC) has increased over the past three years. In line with this, companies are seeing an increase in DTC sales. Of North American businesses polled, 22% say their DTC sales have increased by more than 50% in the past 12 months. Additionally, forecast growth was overwhelmingly positive; 44% of respondents say that more than 50% of their sales come from DTC channels today. However, 58% predict this will be the case within three years. 

Read also: 4 Ways DTC Brands Can Beat Supply Chain Logjams

These were among the key findings of recent research commissioned by cloud-based omnichannel fulfillment software provider Deposco, polling the views and opinions of 200 senior decision-makers from leading commerce and supply chain organizations across North America.

Underlining the market’s growing maturity, DTC has become one of the top priorities for 82% of businesses surveyed. One key driver of this switch is executives’ desire to better understand the customers they engage with to improve customer outcomes and drive enhanced customer engagement.

Consumer insight is a big focus in North America, where 32% say having access to more customer data to drive business strategy is a top driver of DTC across their industry sector. Creating real-time visibility across all inventory locations to fulfill customer expectations is a main way 35% of the businesses look to protect themselves from failing to fulfill customer expectations when operating DTC.

“By gaining a profound insight into consumer behavior and elevating the customer experience, businesses achieve outstanding results and establish a strong, memorable connection with the customer,” remarks Bill Gibson, CEO of Atlanta, Georgia-based Deposco. “This enhanced relationship reinforces the customer’s inclination to interact and buy from the business, amplifying growth.”

STUDY REVEALS DEPTH OF SUPPLY CHAIN WORKFORCE CRISIS: Descartes release a new study Jan. 30 based on a survey of more than 1,000 supply chain and logistics decision makers that gives an in depth look at the ongoing workforce shortage that the industry is experiencing.

The data quantifies the crisis through multiple lenses: financial performance, customer service levels, peak season operations and more. Topline findings from the poll by the Waterloo, Canada-based logistics and supply chain software company include:  

  • Transportation and warehousing are hurting the most. Labor-intensive roles that keep goods moving are suffering greatly from shortages. 
  • Knowledge workers and managers are the hardest positions to fill. Even technology-focused roles are now in high demand. 
  • Workers have the upper hand. Fluid labor dynamics mean wages and costs will face major pressure in the years ahead.

The full report is posted at

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