Keeping your business on top is no easy task, which is why even big companies need a little help from others in order to maintain success. To learn more about this, we had a little chat with Cris De Vera, National Book Store's Distribution and Logistics Manager, to know how the country's favourite bookstore is keeping up with demand, and how Lalamove is helping them to achieve their business goals.
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National Book Store of course needs no introduction. As the Philippines' #1 book and office supply store, National Book Store has become a household brand that is known by each and every Filipino.
70 years after the company's inception, and with innumerable ups and downs along the way, National Book Store has grown to be a giant in its sector with an impressive share of more than 80% of the market. To keep growing, it's imperative for the company to keep their more than 150 stores well-stocked. In order to do this, exceptional logistics is key.
"Lalamove's Account Managers for business clients like us provide incredible support especially in high-demand seasons."
- Cris De Vera, Logistics and Distribution Manager, National Book Store
To be cost-efficient, National Book Store maintains its own delivery fleet while also utilising traditional third-party logistics providers (3PLs). However, according to Cris, around 80% of traditional 3PLs in Metro Manila are given competitive offers by other FMCG companies that can afford premium rates. This leaves National Book Store searching for cost-effective delivery alternatives, especially for store-to-store, warehouse-to-store, and special event deliveries.
Additionally, Cris had to ensure that their delivery partner would be able to provide great customer support - from high-priority tasks such as securing the availability of delivery vehicles, to the nitty-gritty areas like adapting to the billing requirements and procedures of National Book Store.
By working with Lalamove, National Book Store has made use of thousands of MPV and Light Truck delivery vehicles through the Lalamove mobile or web app, all at a fraction of the cost of traditional 3PL players. They now use Lalamove's reliable 4-wheel delivery service to carry out store-to-store, warehouse-to-store, and special events deliveries. One daily example of this service in action is through the delivery of supplies from the company's Fisher Mall branch to the Quezon Avenue branch. The on-demand nature of Lalamove's delivery platform creates an efficient use of manpower by freeing up their in-house delivery fleet from intracity deliveries. This also helps to save on fuel expenses by not diverting its fleet from other locations on longer distance deliveries. The money saved on intra-city deliveries can then be allocated to long-distance deliveries.
National Book Store has also made use of the dedicated support given by Lalamove account management team to ensure deliveries are well scheduled even during high-demand seasons (usually around November to December). With this high level of support, National Book Store is able to sufficiently stock their stores to meet challenging periods of consumer demand.
With Lalamove's help, Cris says that National Book Store is able to save up to 20% on their usual intra-city delivery costs. By only using their own in-house fleet to deliver store-to-store stock, the associated costs could run up to around ₱2500 when considering the possible manpower required and fuel expenses. Lalamove’s services, however, only require around ₱2000 of expenditure. On top of that Cris is reassured that everything from scheduling an order to accounting is made easier with Lalamove’s automated and digitised services.
It's difficult to maintain being a market leader, but with the assurance of a reliable delivery service from Lalamove, National Book Store is confident that they will remain every Filipino's book and office supply store of choice as they continue to deliver a great product line up and dependable service well into the future.
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