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E-Commerce Business Objectives - Good Secure Service, Fair Pricing, Timely Fulfillment


Efficient Fulfillment of Orders is Key to Profitability

 
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Date Line February 6, 2014: The National Retail Federation released its 2014 economic forecast, projecting retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) will increase 4.1 percent, up from the preliminary 3.7 percent growth seen in 2013. NRF also announced today it expects online sales in 2014 to grow between 9 and 12 percent.

Date Line February 18, 2014: The Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced that the estimate of U.S. retail e-commerce sales for the fourth quarter of 2013, adjusted for seasonal variation, but not for price changes, was $69.2 billion, an increase of 3.4 percent (±1.6%) from the third quarter of 2013. E-commerce sales in the fourth quarter of 2013 accounted for 6.0 percent of total sales – see chart below.

US E-Commerce Sales as Percent of Retail Sales is at a current level of...

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Cliff Holste is SCDigest's Material Handling Editor,
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