As the last mile evolves, it will definitely look different.
The Middle East may not be a region one equates with big investments, innovation and e-commerce but it’s certainly time to reconsider. The Middle East e-commerce market, expected to grow by 16.4% over the next few years according to Fitch Solutions, is growing more competitive as the number of players rises.
In all fairness, Walmart should be applauded for the creative approach it is taking to solve the last mile delivery issue.
This year’s holiday season will be another super busy one for all involved, with e-commerce once again being the star but perhaps with a twist as physical locations emerge as an additional tool in which to compete against the likes of Amazon.
As more retailers, grocers, restaurants and others embrace crowd-sourced delivery service options, one may ask how sustainable this strategy is here in the U.S. particularly when there are more job openings than there are people out of work.
Following up on our Amazon article, we now take a look at Alibaba. Alibaba, we believe, has positioned itself as a leader in global logistics services and through its investments and logistics subsidiary, Cainiao, could rival global integrators DHL, FedEx and UPS.