Switzerland Logistics

Logistics on demand, versus operating a warehouse yourself at high investment cost.

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  • You focus on growth, we take care of the logistics

  • No permanent space & personnel costs, just a flexible contribution per transaction

  • Latest cut-off time in Switzerland; same-day possible

  • Increase turnover thanks to international sales

Starting point

For many retailers, operating their own warehouse is expensive and requires major investments in premises and staff.

Retail chains have logistics that are aligned to classic distribution models, but fail to meet the needs of e-commerce. Common problems are: Too early cut-off time, rigid number of SKUs, inflexible for amount and different types of products, long extension time, high investment costs, etc.

Some retailers have already entrusted the logistics to an external partner, but are not satisfied with the speed, quality or price.

Product description

Instead of building up a warehouse yourself at high investment costs, “logistics” can be obtained as a flexible service from Columbus. Thanks to outsourcing to a specialist, the retailer can focus more on important areas such as marketing, purchasing or customer care.

Compared to classic forwarding companies, Columbus’ offer is not only cheaper, but above all faster and more “digital”. While the first refers to the cut-off times or number of deliveries per week, the second applies primarily to real-time information flow (e.g. to display availability in the online store) or query/evaluation options.

Communication with the retailer or its ERP runs via interfaces.

The retailer lets the purchased goods be delivered to Columbus and then sends the customer order data directly to Columbus’ system.

Columbus ensures the inventory and the goods-appropriate storage of the purchased items, prepares, packs and ships the ordered items to the end customer with the best cut-off time in Switzerland via all desired logistics partners.

If the retailer also operates branches, the articles must of course also be delivered there. In contrast to classic forwarding companies, the processes are optimized for same-day delivery. For example, the tours are always scheduled in the afternoon, so that items ordered by 11 a.m. (from the end customer or from the store) can be delivered to the store on the same day (usually before 5 p.m.).

Of course, Columbus also takes care of returns.

In detail

We connect Columbus to your ERP system and then take over these fulfillment processes:

Columbus works with a simple pricing model. You pay per transaction and thus only what you need. We do not charge one-time or monthly fixed costs!

Optional: International Sales

With Columbus you can easily offer your products abroad. Columbus takes care of customs formalities and international shipping for you.

Optional: Same-Day Branch Delivery

Do you operate branches? With Columbus you increase the delivery speed and reduce the stock value. Thanks to daily delivery, customers can pick up their online orders the same day.

We answer your questions, promptly and without obligation.

«Thanks to Columbus‘ reliable services as a logistics partner, we can focus on further sales growth, launch new products and open up sales channels.» 

Benno Burkhardt

Managing Director Swiss Fair-Trade AG (May 2021)

Lorenz Weber
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