LaserShip Study Puts Spotlight on Supply Chain Challenges Online Retailers Face Due to Cost Increases, Capacity Constraints Levied by National Carriers, and Evolving Consumer Behavior

65% of top online retailers have experienced off-schedule price increases in the last 24 months; 34% currently have their shipping volume capped

VIENNA, Va. — November 11, 2021 — Retailers still face significant supply chain and operational challenges as e-commerce shows no signs of slowing down, according to the results of a new study released today by LaserShip, the largest regional e-commerce parcel carrier in the U.S. and leader in last-mile delivery. National carriers are exacerbating the problems by piling on surcharges and capacity limitations, putting retailers at risk of delays and disruptions and limiting their ability to ensure faster, reliable delivery. In response, retailers have adopted various strategies to offset these challenges, including buy online, pick up in-store (BOPIS). However, the study reveals that retailers using BOPIS are still struggling to combat rising rates and capacity constraints, along with a new set of operational and logistics challenges created by BOPIS.

LaserShip commissioned the study with Hanover Research to survey over 100 C-Suite, VP, and director level supply chain professionals at large retailers who spend at least $50 million on parcel annually about the challenges they are currently facing, how they plan to respond to those challenges, and areas where they plan to invest. The research, including takeaways and recommendations for e-commerce retailers, is outlined in LaserShip’s whitepaper.

Key insights from the study include:

“As the shift to e-commerce continues to accelerate, retailers need to leverage different solutions to overcome the new challenges they are facing to meet consumers’ expectations and drive growth,” said Josh Dineen, Chief Commercial Officer of LaserShip. “This study provides retailers with actionable recommendations on how to build supply chains that create a sustainable competitive advantage. Retailers that can provide faster, reliable home delivery and diversify their carrier mix to ensure capacity and flexibility will gain an unfair share of the growing e-commerce market and build brand loyalty and customer lifetime value.”

Through fast, reliable last-mile delivery, LaserShip delivers competitive advantage to leading e-commerce retailers, helping them build brand loyalty, create supply chain flexibility, and reduce delivery cost. LaserShip has 35 years of delivery experience and is continuously innovating to better serve its customers through its investments in technology, automation, and machine learning to stay ahead of the evolving e-commerce landscape.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Manu Aggarwal at pr@lasership.com.

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