We're living through a time of dramatic change in almost every Industry. According to Zebra's Warehousing Vision Study. shipping volumes for small and growing businesses have increased more than 20% on average over the past two years. More specifically, fulfillment to business (+21.5%). fulfillment to consumers (+22.4%) and drop ship directly from manufacturers (+21.4%).
However, rapidly changing market forces continue to create unexpected challenges. The pandemic highlighted how quickly the impact of disruption can reverberate across supply chains, inhibiting Just-in-time workflows and making it harder for businesses to keep up with the evolving on-demand economy. This ever-fluctuating consumer demand is driving the growth of ecommerce and forcing businesses to invest in innovation despite economic headwinds. In fact, in navigating today's complex networks. Small and Medium-Sized Business (SMB) decision-makers ranked predicting inventory accuracy as the biggest challenge facing their organizations. What's more. businesses of all types and sizes are struggling to find and retain a qualified workforce, with SMBs feeling a disproportionate impact of the tightening labor market.