A common question that is often addressed to us is “who does DCL compete with?” The answer is not so simple. By itself, “pick, pack and ship” can be offered by nearly everyone. Depending on the opportunity, DCL sees competition from freight forwarders, CD replicators, packaging suppliers, ecommerce companies, warehousers, call centers and traditional 3PLs.
Just as DCL started as a diskette duplicator a quarter century ago, other companies are experts in their core competencies but have extended their offering to include fulfillment. My advice to companies looking at outsourcing their fulfillment: look beyond the website and the marketing brochures, do your homework and dig deeper into their core capabilities. Remember, anyone can “pick, pack and ship” a product, but how many can ship accurately, on-time, and within a short time frame?
If you would of asked me a year ago, I would of said “hype”. But just as I jumped on the “We Believe” bandwagon of the Golden State Warriors epic playoff run a couple years ago, I would put even more money that “Green Consciousness” has far greater staying power than my beloved Warriors (thanks for screwing it up Nelson!). Green Fulfillment is now reality and figures to be even more prominent shortly. What do I mean by Green Fulfillment? Green Fulfillment is not about shipping green products, but more about a state of mind, a state of consciousness, and about companies associating their brands with everything Green. By being more Green in the supply chain, companies can inherently create “value” for their brands, which means more $$$ in the long term.
As companies examine their supply chain and fulfillment needs, they are increasingly looking for companies with a Green state of mind . DCL has taken steps towards meeting these expectations. We recently completed the second installation of our Solar panels on the rooftop of our Fremont facility and a larger percentage of our packaging is now recycled materials. Click here for more information on our green intiatives at DCL.