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North American e-commerce Logistics 2012
Transport Intelligence, November 2012, Pages: 118
Rapid growth in e-commerce spurs changes in the supply chain
North American e-commerce Logistics 2012 provides an in-depth examination of the methods employed by transportation and logistics providers in response to the rapid rise of e-commerce, not only with delivery options, but right across the industry in warehousing and fulfillment, information technology and finance. The North American e-commerce market is estimated to be worth approximately $345bn, with sizeable growth anticipated. The explosive nature of its growth has resulted in significant changes in the supply chain as logistics providers attempt to capitalize on the opportunities available in the market. The report details the entire spectrum of the market, analyzing the strategic response from retailers to logistics providers, from bricks-and-mortar stores to e-retailers, from large integrators to specialist ecommerce logistics start-ups.
What will you learn from North American e-commerce Logistics 2012?
- Summary of the market’s rapid development
- Overview of the key market trends
- Market sizing and growth forecasts for the North
- American e-commercemarket
- Overview of e-commerce by individual country
- Analysis of retailers’ supply chain strategies
- Development of tailored services by logistics providers
- Overview of the key logistics providers supporting the e-commerce markets
- Detailed maps of North American e-commerce networks
North American e-commerce Logistics 2012 is packed full of qualitative and quantitative data, providing a comprehensive overview of the market as well as the companies which operate in it. The report includes a breakdown by individual country, with individual market sizing and growth forecasts, as well as a comprehensive overview of each country’s e-commerce sector. The report analyzes the contrasting strategies and experiments undertaken by bricks-and-mortar retailers and internet retailers, both seeking to gain an advantage over one-another in what is a competitive and increasingly lucrative market. The report also examines the impact mobile commerce, or m-commerce, has had on ecommerce’s recent growth and assesses the potential implications of its continued development.
Who should buy North American e-commerce Logistics 2012?
The report is specifically written to provide easily accessible and strategic information for:
- Logistics service providers
- Global manufacturers
- Property development companies and consultancies
- Banks and financial institutions
- All C-level executives
1.0 Executive Summary
3.2 Size of the e-commerce Market
4.0 Country e-commerce Overviews
5.0 Consumer versus Business Use
5.1 Consumer – B2C
5.2 Business – B2B
6.0 E-commerce Supply Chains
6.1.2 Fulfillment Network
6.1.3 Selected Services
7.0 Market Size
7.1 Total Logistics Market Size
7.2 Total Logistics Market Forecast 2015
7.3 Total Logistics Market by Geographic Region
10.0 Logistics services
10.1.1 Fulfillment Strategies
10.2 Reverse logistics
11.0 Logistics Providers
11.1 Canada Post
11.8 IDS (Integrated Distribution Services)
11.13 Saddle Creek Logistics Services
11.14 SEKO Logistics
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TRANSPORT INTELLIGENCE RELEASES NORTH AMERICAN E-COMMERCE LOGISTICS 2012 REPORT
Report finds e-commerce growth spurs supply chain changes and shows how e-commerce challenges are being met
As the explosive growth of e-commerce has resulted in a shift in how many businesses and consumers make purchases, e-commerce is also changing the way supply chains are managed. A new report from Transport Intelligence (Ti), North American e-commerce Logistics 2012, examines the way transportation and logistics providers are responding to the rise of e-commerce, not only with delivery options, but also in the realm of warehousing and fulfillment, information technology, and finance.
Cathy Roberson, Ti's Senior Analyst and author of the North American E-commerce report explains why e-commerce is a key focus of many transportation companies: "It's evident from the recent numbers of Cyber Monday purchases in the US that e-commerce will continue to grow as more consumers are exposed to shopping online," Roberson stated. "As online orders increase, retailers will need to keep up or risk losing out to companies that can perform better in the market. This report aims to help retailers as well as transportation and logistics providers better understand the logistics of e-commerce."
Recently, e-commerce retailers have sought ways to overcome advantages brick-and-mortar stores may still have over ordering online. One example identified in Ti's report is the growth of same-day delivery as a key delivery option for e-commerce shipments. Although same-day delivery was previously an option mostly offered by couriers and smaller regional transportation companies, larger providers like UPS and the United States Postal Service are also experimenting with ways they can deliver packages the same day they are ordered. "E-commerce saw a large number of same-day delivery programs introduced in 2012," Roberson noted. "Although many programs are only offered in a few local markets, it is likely same-day offerings will expand as e-commerce grows."
Mobile commerce, or m-commerce, is also one potential facilitator of e-commerce's recent growth. Consumers are no longer limited to accessing the Internet from a desk, but instead they can shop from almost anywhere they have cell phone service. In addition to the increase among consumer purchases, m-commerce is also changing the way businesses make purchases.
Within each country, Ti identifies several challenges e-commerce faces in Canada, Mexico, and the US. While selling overseas and the resulting issues with customs clearance and delivery times are problems in any country, they are most notable in Canada and Mexico, where there are few large e-commerce players housed within the countries' borders. Even in the US, e-commerce is challenged by the collection of state sales taxes – an issue that has some large e-commerce players taking sides.
The overall e-commerce market is expected to make double-digit gains in Canada, Mexico, and the US through 2015, and as a result this will continue to spur growth in e-commerce logistics. Ti estimates that the e-commerce logistics market size was over $40bn in 2012, and it is expected to grow over 10% through 2015. Although the US will account for almost 90% of this market, the continued expansion of e-commerce in Canada and Mexico will likely keep pace as the countries find their own ways to overcome the challenges of adopting e-commerce.
- Canada Post
- IDS (Integrated Distribution Services)
- Saddle Creek Logistics Services
- SEKO Logistics