China has more internet users than any other nation in the world, but there’s still plenty of room for e-commerce to grow. The Chinese e-commerce market is growing at an unfathomable rate: from 160 million online shoppers in 2010 to 530 million in 2017. This drove parcel growth of 28%, to over 100 million per day. Despite the current slowdown in economic growth, China’s e-commerce boom is likely to continue.
Behind the Great Wall, the Chinese have been quietly but rapidly developing very efficient solutions in the last mile. As more and more Chinese people connect to the internet, e-commerce giants like Alibaba and JD.com will continue to expand their end-to-end e-commerce offerings.
The competition between JD.com and Alibaba has created an environment where delivery has become a crucial part of the e-commerce experience. Now here’s the rub: some experts already feel that the e-commerce logistics solutions available in China are world-leading, and we believe they may well be right.