Ecommerce Logistics Costs in the US Hit $117.2 Billion in 2017 - Global Trade Magazine
  May 3rd, 2018 | Written by

Ecommerce Logistics Costs in the US Hit $117.2 Billion in 2017

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  • Ecommerce has seen annual growth rates close to 15 percent.
  • A new report from Armstrong & Associates provides review of the current state of e-commerce logistics.
  • New report focuses on domestic and international transportation, fulfillment, last-mile delivery, and reverse logistics.

A new report from Armstrong & Associates, Inc., provides a deep-dive into ecommerce logistics in the United States, with a focus on domestic and international transportation, warehousing and fulfillment, last-mile delivery, and reverse logistics.

Ecommerce retail is no longer a novelty—it’s the new normal, the report notes. The industry has shown significant and sustained growth. In the last five years, the industry has seen a compound annual growth rate close to 15 percent, and the industry shows no sign of slowing down.

The role logistics plays in ecommerce retail can’t be overemphasized. Providing two-day delivery for a seemingly endless assortment of products is no small feat. Ecommerce as we know it would not be possible in the United States without a vast and efficient logistics infrastructure. Logistics networks are quickly growing and changing to meet the ever-higher bar set by e-commerce retailers. In 2017, ecommerce logistics costs in the US hit $117.2 billion—representing 6.9 percent of total US logistics costs.

“E-Commerce Logistics in the United States,” a new report from Armstrong & Associates, provides a comprehensive review of the current state of e-commerce logistics, with a focus on domestic and international transportation, warehousing and fulfillment, last-mile delivery, and reverse logistics.

“E-Commerce Logistics in the United States” incorporates Armstrong’s latest research, so readers can also stay attuned to developing topics in the industry, from Amazon’s emergence as a logistics player to last-mile delivery for omnichannel product categories like groceries, furniture, and appliances.

Logistics providers, retailers, and technology providers are rapidly innovating to create tomorrow’s e-commerce landscape. Ten “Focus On” sections in the report provide case studies or examine emerging trends and topics.

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