Globally, parcel delivery has seen an enormous growth primarily as a result of the boom in e-commerce.  E-commerce has led to increased usage of parcel software by consumer goods companies. And this increase in demand has given rise to some new and more extensive features and functions in shipping solutions as compared to traditional shipping service. To accommodate and integrate multi-carrier solutions, warehouse management, transportation management, and internet commerce platforms used by e-commerce business, several parcel software suppliers have imbibed hybrid delivery mechanisms – on premise, cloud-based, or even combination of both, depending upon a retailer’s shipping volumes.

E-commerce business has witnessed a huge growth in recent times, and it will only grow in the future. The trend of this growth suggests that demand for quickly delivered goods will continue to rise. The e-commerce boom is not just confined to developed economies, but its rapid growth is a reality in emerging markets too. It is about time then to restructure your process of sorting and movement of outgoing packages in order to remain in the competition.

Automated Sortation – In order to capture more market share, efficiency in supply chain, accuracy and speed in sorting, and cost reduction are vital elements. It is a fact that as the volume of delivery increases labour cost also increases. Hence, considering an automated sorting process is recommended that will save labour cost, time, and increase productivity. The technology of automated sortation can do much of the processing that would be time-consuming and repetitive to do manually. For example, automated systems can weigh, measure, and certify parcels as they travel along conveyors, and the machines can print and apply labels to boxes and route them to the appropriate loading areas. In future, automated sortation will also allow customers to do precise tracking and tracing, or easily re-route parcels during shipment.

Fast delivery – Everyone wants to receive their orders at the earliest possible time. This makes the delivery time a priority for competitive merchants and carriers. Catering to this demand, many e-commerce sites offer one-day delivery services. It not only wins an edge over competitive counterparts but can also act as a value-added service in the future. As e-commerce continues to grow, it is expected that additional delivery options will also increase that will enable customers to receive more orders the same day, or pick up items at electronically operated locker boxes in front of their homes or at a central location. Interestingly, these “intelligent lockers” are already popular in certain regions of Germany, Norway, Poland, parts of Asia, and the United Kingdom.

In one hand, where the e-commerce business is witnessing remarkable growth and success; on the other hand, it becomes equally crucial to implement innovative parcel sortation technologies to efficiently manage deliveries to remain afloat in the ever-competitive online retail sector.