In this section, Statista presents the most relevant and up-to-date facts relating to the logistics industry.
Before a product can be displayed on a supermarket shelf or dispatched from a post office, it has to be transported from its point of origin to its destination. Depending on the weight, volume and destination of goods, the cargo can be moved by land, air or water. The logistics industry involves warehousing, material handling, packaging and the integration of information flow through supply chain management software. Over the next couple of years, the share of e-commerce in total retail sales is likely to grow, as end-users are inclined to shun traditional stores and retreat to the comfort of their own homes. This shift from retail to e-tail leaves one big opportunity for logistics companies: to deliver the increasing number of goods that are purchased online. The strategic battle for this last mile is set to be a hard-fought one, played out between online retailers and logistics companies alike. The key players in this industry include Deutsche Post DHL, United Parcel Service or JSC Russian Railways. Additionally, online retailers and tech firms such as Amazon, Google and Japan’s Rakuten are keen to tap into the logistics market and further expand their supply chains.
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