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

PETER BUXBAUM | May 3, 2018

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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.

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