Retailers have some additional shelves to stock this holiday season — in their warehouses.
With online holiday sales expected to grow once again this year, Wal-Mart, Target, Nordstrom and other retailers are building more warehouses to handle shipments, the Associated Press reported last week.
“You’re going to have to invest … because that’s what people are going to expect,” Mike Koppel, Nordstrom’s chief financial officer, told investors recently.
The Seattle-based department store chain recently opened a third warehouse Pennsylvania to process online orders. This eventually will allow Nordstrom to move orders to half its customers in two days, the AP reported.
Two-day delivery is becoming a standard demand of many shoppers. The top 40 online retailers currently average four-day delivery time, according to data company Stella Service.
Busy shoppers welcome the focus on faster deliveries.
“I would like to plan ahead, but [I] wait until the last minute to get things done,” said Keri Early, an Illinois resident and frequent online shopper.