Ingram Micro Commerce & Fulfillment, a third-party logistics provider, launched a program to assist clients that sell their products through the one- to two-day delivery service of Amazon.com’s Prime service.
The Irvine, Calif.-based company, which ranks No. 34 on the Transport Topics Top 50 list of the largest logistics companies in North America, provides suppliers and online retailers with drop-shipping service.
In this supply chain model, the retailer does not maintain its own inventory but rather outsources the service. When an item is ordered online, the retailer will rely upon Ingram Micro to fulfill the order and arrange the truck transportation.
Satish Jindel of SJ Consulting has told Transport Topics that the drop-shipping model eliminates extra stops and touches in the supply chain, increasing overall speed and reducing costs.
“Amazon represents an amazing sales opportunity for many brands, but we saw a gap in the market when it came to fulfilling Prime orders while maintaining control over inventory,” Ingram Vice President Jeff Davidson said. “For many businesses, the logistics required for Prime delivery windows are hard to manage.”
“We’ve worked together for seven years and are excited to use Prime Fulfillment by Ingram Micro Commerce & Fulfillment to fulfill our Prime orders,” said Lance Reese, chief operating officer at The Sharper Image. “We sell through many different channels, and having Prime orders consolidated with the rest of our inventory is a win for inventory management.”