We are a 3PL with a new distribution center concept we want to market to customers. Name is Global DC. The purpose of the Global DC is to give a customer the ability to service different sales channels and global markets from one distribution center at origin (in this case, china). One big driver behind this is due to the growth of the China consumer market. Traditionally, a US retailer would produce their goods in China for export only. As capabilities in China (origin) evolved, new services such as consolidation, quality control, pick and pack, labeling were added to the service offering. These are referred to as Value-added services (VAS). While the capabilities improved, the service was still always geared towards export.
Today, our customers need the ability to not only perform all these VAS for export, but also for china consumer distribution, namely e-commerce, but also wholesale and retail.
The process is as follows:
1. Goods go from multiple factories, both in china and other Asian countries imported into china, then by truck to the Global DC
2. Once goods come into the Global DC, a number of different operations are available based on customer needs. The flow would be as follows:
a. Cargo goes to storage, in racks. No VAS
b. Cargo goes to QC room where it can be checked and x-ray.
c. Cargo goes to labeling room where tags can be sewn or added.
d. Cargo goes to Carton level pick and pack/consolidation operation
e. Cargo goes to piece level pick and pack/bundle operation
f. Cargo goes to palletainer area
g. Cargo goes to e-commerce fulfillment area
3. After VAS, cargo would then leave the Global DC via
a. Container stuffing for ocean export
b. Pallet for air export or trucking
c. Cartons loaded to truck for china wholesale, retail, ecommerce.
d. Single Carton/package given to last mile delivery service