Supply Chain Management Questions
I’ve noticed that Amazon.com is very good at shipping items that are already in stock and it usually only takes them a day or two to do so. Often it takes them less time.
They do not seem very good at shipping items that are pre-ordered. Whenever I pre-order and item on Amazon, it generally seems to take them about a week from the release date before my item is shipped out.
This does not make any sense to me. I would generally assume that they received the pre-order item well before the scheduled release date and could easily ship it out at the end of business on the day before the release date or be fully prepared to ship on the date of release.
Does anyone with more business knowledge have a reason why Amazon would be below average at shipping a pre-ordered item? Is this pressure to get people to sign up for Amazon Prime? An agreement with publishers? Both? Neither? Something about supply chains?