E-Commerce Growth Boosting Demand for Reverse Logistics

Reverse logistics panel at SMC3 The Home Depot’s Galica (from left), Sciarrotta of the Reverse Logistics Association, and UPS’ Degen and Brill discuss e-commerce’s influence on reverse logistics at SMC3’s Jump Start conference in Atlanta. (Seth Clevenger/Transport Topics)

As e-commerce volumes continue to grow, customer returns of products ordered online also are rising at a rapid clip, a trend that is increasing the need for efficient reverse logistics processes to control costs.

Seth Clevenger | Managing Editor, Features
March 29, 2018
Business, Logistics

‘Rapid-Fire’ E-Commerce Demands Better Neighborhood Roads, C.H. Robinson Exec Says


The prevalence of e-commerce will intensify the need for good neighborhood roads in addition to well-fortified interstates, according to an executive with third-party logistics provider C.H. Robinson.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 15, 2018
Business, Logistics

Fulfillment Centers Promise Special Delivery for E-Commerce Subscriptions

Rodan & Fields Boxes Rodan & Fields

E-commerce keeps growing as consumers enjoy the convenience of shopping online and receiving packages at their door. One segment driving that growth is subscription-based online merchants marketing consumer goods ranging from household items to specialized products.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
March 8, 2018
Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

New Vehicles Tackle Challenges of Urban E-Commerce

Udelv autonomous delivery vehicle Udelv

Two entrepreneurs are introducing an autonomous vehicle and electric cargo bike designed to reduce the costs arising from the last-mile delivery and returns of e-commerce merchandise in urban areas.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
January 23, 2018

New BeavEx CEO Targets E-Commerce for Growth

The new chief executive office at BeavEx Inc., Terry Carter, said he wants to grab a piece of the rapidly growing e-commerce delivery market in an effort to rekindle growth at the Atlanta-based courier where he once served as chief operating officer.

September 27, 2017
Business, Logistics

XPO Redoubling E-Commerce Efforts, Will Expand U.S. Network Through 2018

XPO Logistics XPO Logistics

XPO Logistics Inc. will double its last-mile warehouses to capitalize on the rapid growth of e-commerce in North America, the company announced Sept. 12.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
September 12, 2017
Business, Logistics, TCA

E-Commerce Drives Global Package Shipping Volume to Rise 48% in Two Years

The driver for an independent contractor to FedEx Corp. delivers packages in Midtown Manhattan in New York. Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg News

Global package shipping volume increased by 48% during the past two years, powered by growth in e-commerce, according to a report released last week by technology company Pitney Bowes.

Paul Schott | Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, Conn.)
September 8, 2017
Business, Equipment

More Trailer Makers Explore Options as E-Commerce Outpaces Total Retail Growth

Hyundai Translead trailers Hyundai Translead

Trailer makers Hyundai Translead and Strick Group are exploring options to provide equipment deliveries in the final mile as growth in e-commerce outpaces growth in retail sales overall, they said in separate announcements.

Roger Gilroy | Staff Reporter
August 23, 2017
Business, Technology, Logistics

Returns of Online Purchases a Key Factor in E-Commerce Boom

UPS shopping Jin Lee/Bloomberg News

While the growth of e-commerce is widely viewed as a boon for last-mile deliveries, customer returns of the merchandise that’s delivered also are forcing change across carriers’ and shippers’ supply chains, industry experts said.

Laurie Wiegler | Staff Reporter
August 17, 2017
Business, Logistics

UPS Reaps the Reward of Price Increases

UPS Truck Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

UPS Inc. is finally figuring out how to make money from the surge in online shopping.

Michael Sasso | Bloomberg News
July 27, 2017