Don Davis , Editor in Chief
Virtual Warehouse to Fulfill Online Operations
Albany, NY – February 12, 2008 – CommerceHub, the Supply-on-Demand platform for supply chain integration and fulfillment solutions, today announced its implementation of a supplier-direct distribution network for www.meijer.com, the new e-commerce initiative of Grand Rapids, Michigan-based Meijer. The e-commerce virtual inventory distribution model enables meijer.com to present a more expansive product line than offered in the 181 Meijer supercenters, featuring online exclusive products and pricing.
The CommerceHub Supply-on-Demand platform provides complete visibility and control to manage the supplier-direct process with the same level of brand management, fulfillment performance and customer service Meijer has established in its retail supercenters. The CommerceHub single-connection for network integrations enabled meijer.com to efficiently on-board and empower suppliers to fulfill orders directly to the end customer, eliminating the need to physically stock and warehouse inventory for its online operation.
“With a virtual warehouse of products we are able to bring Meijer ‘one stop shopping’ to customers throughout the US,” said Tom Nakfoor, VP of e-commerce for Meijer.” From gift messaging on branded packing slips to carrier integration for LTL White Glove delivery CommerceHub provides seamless back-end support for the e-commerce operation.”
The CommerceHub ‘any-to-any’ integration translates and normalizes communications with each supplier, providing purchase orders to each supplier with all the information required to fulfill the customer order and create a branded packing slip. Orders sourced to multiple suppliers create individual purchase orders to each with only the lines they are expected to fill. Meijer.com is able to track performance of the extended supply and fulfillment network by monitoring fill rate, orders received and average confirm time of purchase orders processed through the CommerceHub platform.
“We welcome the opportunity to support the meijer.com e-commerce initiative,” said Steve Hamlin, CommerceHub CEO, “and are pleased to have them as a retail partner on our Supply-on-Demand platform.”
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 181 supercenters throughout Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. As the inventor of the "one stop shopping" concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer can be found at www.meijer.com.
CommerceHub is the industry’s leading provider of fulfillment and integration solutions for retailers and wholesale distribution companies. With nearly a decade of experience working with Top 25 retailers, distribution supply chains and a wide array of major brand name suppliers, CommerceHub manages more than $4.5 billion in goods annually on behalf of such industry leaders as Costco, QVC, Staples, Circuit City, drugstore.com, Ty’s Toy Box, Kmart, Sears, Toys “R” Us, Walgreens, Dell, Toshiba, Sanyo, Minolta, Gateway and Little Tikes.
For information on the CommerceHub Supply-on-Demand platform, Universal Connection Hub, and Drop Ship Master, visit our website at www.commercehub.com.