Fast-changing consumer buying patterns and digital platforms are accelerating online shopping, redefining business models across the globe. More and more sellers start to see E-commerce sales growth as their first step in digital transformation and look for support from their business-to-customer (B2C) supply chain.
According to a market forecast conducted by technavio, a market research firm serving over 100 Fortune 500 companies, the industry of E-commerce logistics will generate approximately $45 billion from 2021 to 2025, reaching an 11% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in five years.
In the face of the emerging E-commerce market, traditional logistics companies have to set out to build strong E-commerce Logistics capabilities that will extend and reinforce their supply chain offering and create growth opportunities. Take A.P. Moller-Maersk (Maersk), the biggest shipping company in the world, for example. It has announced the acquisition of Visible Supply Chain Management (Visible SCM), a B2C logistics company focused on parcel delivery and fulfilment service in the US and headquartered in Utah, US, which can be interpreted as an expansion to E-commerce logistics.
In addition to shipping companies, E-commerce platforms, such as Amazon, also start to exploit the novel market, building up its fulfilment network, Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA), to integrate shipping, storage, removals, and returns.
To help E-commerce sellers find accurate costs easily, Freightos, a world-renowned online freight shipping marketplace and platform, recently promoted its lesser-known index for importing directly to Amazon fulfilment centres, FBA Index (FBAX), which provide E-commerce sellers with visibility of the differences between various shipping modes and a rule-of-thumb cost estimate.