Retail: Omnichannel Distribution & Fulfillment | Fortna

Retail & General Merchandise

Shift to Digital Drives Demand for Enhanced Omnichannel Capabilities

Retail has experienced unprecedented disruption in the last few years. Omnichannel capabilities, including ship from store, micro-fulfillment and dark stores, are front and center as retailers and general merchandisers navigate challenges that include:

  • Shift to digital, resulting in new order profiles and complexity
  • Customer expectations for a seamless experience across channels
  • Faster order-to-delivery cycle times and enabling click and collect capabilities
  • Endless aisle selection driving SKU proliferation
  • Growing number of returns, driven by eCommerce growth
  • Efficient inventory deployment to anticipate and meet seasonal demand
  • Labor challenges driving up costs, limiting availability and requiring additional measures to keep workers safe
Fortna can help transform fulfillment operations to enable flexibility and address digital disruption and growth objectives.

Representative Clients

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Fortna applies a data science approach with an operator’s perspective to ensure innovative design and optimal material and information flow supported by a justifiable business case.

    Client Success Case Study

    Ulta Beauty: Transforming Distribution to Support Growth

    To support its growth plans, Ulta Beauty partnered with Fortna to more than double distribution capacity. More than eight years later, following the design and build of three omnichannel distribution centers to support store-friendly shipments and a dedicated ecommerce distribution center, the company has accelerated fulfillment, improved store operations, decreased out-of-stocks and reduced transportation and labor costs, among other benefits.

    Data-Driven

    Scientifically proven proprietary modeling tools and algorithms allow Fortna to design for maximum efficiency and outcomes.

    Holistic Approach

    Fortna designs solutions with a holistic perspective, considering upstream/downstream impacts on the entire operation and network.

    Best-fit Technology

    At Fortna, we identify and select appropriate and best-fit equipment without bias toward any manufacturer.

    Video Case Study

    Mr Price builds a highly automated DC to keep pace with growth and increase speed, accuracy and flexibility. Watch this video case study to learn more.

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      Fortna has helped us to transform our distribution network to support our growth, deliver meaningful results and ensure our guest experiences are optimized.

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        Solutions for Today’s Challenges

        Fortna develops the optimal solution for your business challenges. Whether your business wrestles with eCommerce fulfillment and returns, omni-channel commerce or the complexities of local micro-fulfillment, our solutions improve performance today while ensuring flexibility for the future.

          Best-Fit Technology Solutions

          Being supplier-agnostic allows us to identify and select technologies that uniquely meet your business requirements. The result is a comprehensive, flexible solution that delivers the promised business results.

            Software to Power Performance

            In addition to our FortnaWES™ offering, our supplier-agnostic approach allows us to identify and select additional technologies that uniquely meet your business requirements. The result is a comprehensive, flexible solution that delivers the promised business results.