The promise of dark stores – taking a flexible omnichannel retail approach to fulfillment – looks bright.
With many stores closing to customers during the pandemic, a new retail model arose. Dark stores are brick-and-mortar stores reconfigured to meet a tidal wave of online business. Customers can’t enter the spaces. Originally zoned for in-store retail, the inventory on dark stores shelves is distributed to eCommerce customers.
While the average U.S. retail store is just under 50,000 square feet, dark stores range between 100,000 and 200,000 square feet. Ample storage and shipping space lets retailers keep more inventory on hand. Now, because in-store retail and eCommerce have become omnichannel, retailers can seize the opportunity to:
The optimal fulfillment solution has evolved. Are you ready to put the new model to work?
GreyMatterTM enables end-to-end operations – including inventory management, order picking, putaway, audit, and packing – with real-time analytics and dashboards. The dark store operates without the need for any other third-party software.
The same dark store can be used to operate goods-to-person and person-to-goods systems along with manual operations, depending on the business requirements, with just a single instance of GreyMatter.
GreyMatter can enable order consolidation between different picking areas within a single dark store.
Use existing small and unused square footage of stores as fulfillment zones to reach customers faster in urban areas.
GreyMatter can orchestrate picking, putaway, sorting and consolidation operations using the same agents within a limited area, thereby increasing overall area throughput.
GreyMatter manages SLAs dynamically and can turn around orders in as little as 30 minutes.
GreyMatter enables fully manual and fully automated solutions or a combination of the two, to meet your operational requirements.
Closed stores present major opportunities to pivot – and optimize your fulfillment operations in new and exciting ways.