The most widely used packaging among online shops are cardboard boxes and shipping bags. These are handy and cheap solutions, but are they really? It’s sometimes better to spend some extra money on your packaging, so trucks or ships can be filled more efficiently, while a correctly adjusted packaging can also save you money in the long run. We give you 7 tips to pack your shipments.
No ecommerce without logistics. Because whenever a consumer orders something online, that product has to be shipped from one place (a warehouse or fulfilment centre) to another (the consumer’s house, a pick-up point, et cetera). So logistics play a very important role in the whole ecommerce process. In order to achieve success in the online retail industry, one has to have a very solid logistics plan in place.
British postal service company Royal Mail will further extend its Local Collect network, by opening new collection points at more than 1,222 Royal Mail delivery offices. Amazon will be the first retailer to make us of this extended network, the nationwide postal service of Britain announced.
Docdata, a Dutch company that’s specialized in e-fulfilment, return logistics and online payment services, has sold its ecommerce arm to the American company Ingram Micro for 175 million dollars (€153.4 million). Docdata claims becoming part of Ingram will give the company the necessary scale to compete with other ecommerce service providers.
The United Kingdom desperately needs more lorry drivers or otherwise consumers will have to wait longer for their orders to arrive at their homes. Wincanton, the largest logistics group in the UK, calls for action and wants more lorry drivers trained. The current shortage could pose a major threat to the industry, the company says.
ITinSell, a French company that sells delivery tracking tools designed for online retailers, has launched in the United Kingdom. After opening offices in Paris, Lille, Lyon and Barcelona it now launched its operations in London.
Ecommerce in Europe will grow so strong in the next five years, there are probably 200,000 extra jobs needed in order to process all orders in distribution centers across the continent. Hot spots will be the United Kingdom, Germany and France, but strong growth is also expected in Poland, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
About four out of five shoppers in the United Kingdom and Germany are satisfied with the level of parcel delivery services. An increase in new services, time scales and communications are the reason three quarters of consumers believe delivery services are improving.