Dark stores – retail outlets or warehouses that house goods exclusively for online sale – have become popular in recent years, growing off the back of ecommerce and online grocery growth. According to a report from Brainy Insights, the dark store market is expected to grow from $11 billion to $271.5 billion in 2032.
That said, successfully running a dark store may not be as easy as it seems. Though you don’t have to worry about in-store shoppers, there are countless other concerns and responsibilities like inventory management, warehouse management, shipping, delivery, and more.
However, the right tools and technology can help you run your dark store effectively and efficiently. Local Express is an e-commerce platform that is perfectly suited for setting up and running a dark store. Our platform is an all-in-solution for dark stores, so let’s take a closer look at the benefits of Local Express.
Inventory and Warehouse Management
Arguably the biggest pain point of running a dark store is inventory and warehouse management. They can be incredibly time-consuming, stressful, and difficult to manage if you don’t have the right tools.
Local Express, however, makes it easy. You will be able to access all of your inventory in one place. You won’t have to waste time switching between apps and platforms just to check and manage your inventory/warehouse.
On top of that, the platform makes it easy to ensure that your products stay in stock. With POS integration, you’ll never have to worry about not knowing what is and isn’t in stock. You can be confident that your customers will be able to buy the products they know and love.
And with management logistics streamlined, you’re bound to save time as well. With less focus required on inventory and warehouse management, you can focus on the things that really matter while also saving money.
Integrated POS for Free
POS can also be a big pain point for dark stores. POS systems sound simple, but they can be fairly complex. And since they’re such an integral part of any e-commerce business, it’s important that you have a robust, reliable, and intuitive POS system that integrates with your inventory management system.
To make things easy, Local Express offers a free integration with the POS system. The POS system integrates directly with your website, app, and inventory management system. You will be able to manage your store(s) quickly and effectively from a single dashboard.
It also makes collecting data easy, that way you’ll be able to recommend products to customers, know which products sell, which ones don’t, and much more. This will help you boost revenue and become more profitable.
And if you’re concerned about technical problems, Local Express has that handled too. We offer live technical support for all of our offerings, so you won’t have to worry about prolonged outages and costly tech repairs.
All Delivery Options
Lastly, delivery is an essential part of running any e-commerce business, especially in dark stores. Since you have no public in-store presence, your success depends upon your ability to ship and deliver products. You need to have the delivery options today’s customers want, and you have to provide fast and reliable delivery or shipping.
Thankfully, providing best-in-class delivery is simple with Local Express. The platform supports all delivery options—including rush delivery, home delivery, curbside pick-up, BOPIS, shipping, and more. Your customers will have no problem getting their orders delivered in their preferred way.
Local Express also utilizes a multi-vendor system. This allows you to work with your preferred delivery and shipping partners, as well as automatically optimize delivery time and cost options for regular and rush orders.
And if logistics are your concern, we’ve got that covered too. Our fully integrated driver app streamlines logistics for delivery and tracking. Custom shipping requirements are simple too thanks to the easy-to-use and feature-filled platform. If you have products that need special shipping, it’s no problem for Local Express.
Besides all that, our partner app makes order fulfillment easy. It only takes two clicks to process an order with the fulfillment mobile app. You will be able to quickly process multiple orders with no stress involved.
Manage Your Dark Store with Local Express
Dark stores are a unique opportunity to sell products to your customers without the stress of a retail footprint. However, you need the right tools and technology to make your dark store successful, and Local Express is the perfect all-in-one solution for dark stores.
With streamlined inventory and warehouse management, free and robust POS system integrations, and all options delivery that ensures your customers get their orders, you’ll be able to set up and run your own dark store. So get in touch today and see why Local Express is the best choice for dark stores.