How rising consumer demands have shaped e-commerce logistics

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As consumers, the reality is that we are more informed, more demanding and more impatient than ever before. Yet in this era of instant gratification, next-day deliveries and personalised shopping experiences – how exactly are e-commerce logistics providers stepping up to meet these growing demands?

This month at Fagan & Whalley, we’re exploring the numerous ways rising consumer expectations are shaping e-commerce logistics – and what you can do to ensure your e-commerce business doesn’t fall behind. 

What is e-commerce logistics?

E-commerce logistics refers to managing the storage, handling and movement of goods in online retail. It involves everything from inventory management, order fulfilment, warehousing, packaging and transportation. 

While it may not be the most exciting aspect of purchasing a new item online, logistics serves as the fundamental backbone that ensures your expectations of a seamless shopping experience are met – from the moment you click ‘buy’ to when the product arrives at your doorstep.

How have consumer demands changed over the last few years?

1. The need for speed (with next-day delivery) 

78% of consumers expect same-day and next-day delivery 

Perhaps one of the most significant changes to consumer expectations over the last five years has been the steady increase in ‘next-day delivery’. 

In a 2023 study of 6,000 consumers globally, including over 1,000 respondents in the UK, a staggering 78% of consumers reported expecting same-day and next-day delivery options. Essentially, today, the bare minimum expectation of the vast majority of people is what was once seen as a value-added extra.

To keep pace with these expectations, we have seen online retailers and e-commerce companies begin prioritising efficient, next-day delivery options for their goods. This has seen e-commerce logistics companies, like our own, invest heavily in their last-mile delivery processes to keep up with these demands. 

This includes considering various factors such as:

  • Route optimisation
  • Vehicle telematics and AI
  • Warehouse automation
  • Fleet investments

2. Real-time visibility and status notifications

6 in 10 consumers report checking their order status at least once a day. 

Secondly, out of sight, out of mind doesn’t quite apply to the world of modern e-commerce logistics. Figures show that the majority of online retail consumers expect to receive their orders in record time, and also expect end-to-end visibility over their orders, too.

We all know the excitement of receiving a ‘your order is out for delivery’ text – but how often do you pause to consider the logistical steps involved in receiving such updates?

This increased need for transparency has led to e-commerce logistics companies prioritising state-of-the-art tracking technologies and visibility in order to strengthen consumer trust and enhance the overall customer experience, thus meeting the demands of their clients. 

As an example, at Fagan & Whalley, each of our clients has access to a dedicated online customer portal that allows them to track the movement of their goods in real time. 

This offers numerous benefits to our customers, including:

  • Complete status visibility of their orders
  • End-consumers receive expected delivery time slots
  • Electronic proof of delivery
  • Regular order status updates
  • General increased customer satisfaction

3. Sustainability 

30% of consumers would not buy from a brand due to sustainability concerns

Furthermore, as consumer awareness around environmental issues grows, so does the demand for sustainable e-commerce logistics practices. 

With 30% of consumers not buying from brands due to ethical or sustainability concerns and 37% choosing brands based on their environmental sustainability – e-commerce retailers are becoming increasingly concerned about the environmental efforts of their chosen logistics partners.

As explored in a previous article on sustainable logistics, there is a growing demand for eco-conscious practices in every touchpoint of business, and it has proven crucial for e-commerce logistics companies to stay on top of this trend.  

How important is customer satisfaction in e-commerce logistics?

In 2024, customer satisfaction is a crucial aspect of e-commerce logistics. Today’s consumers have clear expectations: they look forward to swift delivery times, precise updates on their order status, and environmentally responsible shipping practices. 

At Fagan & Whalley, we are committed to constantly staying on top of industry trends, innovations and consumer demands. This commitment ensures that our clients are equipped to offer the quickest, most reliable service possible and meet the modern shoppers’ demands for speed and quality. 

For more information on the complete logistics solutions offered here at Fagan & Whalley, get in touch with us on 01282 771983. Alternatively, get in touch with us here

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