Ecommerce Europe presents its Manifesto on e-Logistics (April 2016)
E-commerce is fundamentally changing postal and parcel markets. Global commerce streams revolutionize shopping, but the current parcel streams are ill-fitted to accommodate this. Almost one out of five EU citizens mentions that cheaper delivery prices are the main improvement that would encourage more online shopping from sellers located in other EU Member States. Similarly, more than one third of online merchants consider higher costs of cross-border delivery compared to domestic delivery as an obstacle in online cross-border trade. In surveys done by Ecommerce Europe, inefficient cross-border delivery is consistently in the top three of biggest barriers for online merchants to sell in another EU Member State. Almost half of companies selling abroad (44%) view logistics and distribution as a difficult barrier to tackle when doing business abroad. The Ecommerce Europe survey “Barriers to Growth” also shows that 15% of companies not selling at the international level refrain from doing so because of excessive transportation costs.