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Postal Hub podcast

Apr 24, 2023

Cathy Morrow Roberson, founder and lead analyst at Logistics Trends and Insights, discusses what trends in consumer spending power and in-store shopping mean for e-commerce parcel volumes.

  • Trends in US consumers' spending power
  • What consumers are buying
  • Consumers looking for bargains, and retailers looking to offload inventory
  • Discretionary spending vs essential purchases
  • Rising food prices and fluctuating fuel prices
  • Are consumers returning to in-store shopping? If so, is this at the expense of e-commerce?
  • The pandemic effect on retailers moving to omnichannel
  • What does all this mean for parcel volumes?
  • FedEx, UPS and USPS have been experiencing parcel volume declines
  • Carriers looking for more profitable parcels
  • Rate increases offsetting volume declines
  • Regional carriers picking up volumes, but still representing a small percentage of overall parcel volumes
  • The future for delivery and e-commerce
  • Inflation and interest rates
  • Excess last mile capacity
  • Automating sorting facilities
  • Warehousing employment in the USA