Never before has e-commerce, especially in Italy, been used and discovered in all its potential by millions of people as in the past year and a half.
Due to the health emergency, online shopping and web sales, from different industries, have seen a significant increase, which has brought with it changes and repercussions in logistics as well.
The growth of e-commerce in the first quarter of 2021
While online shopping had already surged sharply in 2020, the first quarter of 2021 saw a rapid acceleration: according to Shopping Index, Salesforce’s quarterly report, global e-commerce grew by 58 percent year-on-year, up from 17 percent in the first quarter of last year.
In Italy, the numbers are even better, with 78 percent growth, making it the fourth largest percentage increase, preceded only by Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Also for Italy, the growth rate in the first quarter of 2021 is higher than in the first quarter of 2020, which is already 26 percent.
The impact of online sales growth on logistics
New volumes of online sales and the exponential increase in goods to be packaged and shipped to the end customer bring new challenges to the logistics industry and its organization to be able to handle shipment staging in a fast and automated manner.
In order to respond to growth and to meet orders, companies have both resorted to new hires and to incorporating 4.0 technology systems into their production cycle to optimize handling and storage.
In order to efficiently handle large numbers of orders, it is necessary to focus on the speed of picking and packing made possible today by process automation.
The development of “intelligent” systems in logistics
The boom of digital in the world of procurement increasingly calls for management of the new trends to be entrusted to “smart” systems, capable of integrating information technology and operations to best meet the specific needs of each company and its production cycle.
Another key point for “e-commerce logistics” is depicted by the growing need for technological warehouse automation and computerization of processes, key aspects for increasing its operational efficiency and responding to new market numbers while ensuring customer satisfaction.
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