As more and more E-commerce businesses set up their online presence to serve customers in Singapore, and as more and more customers become Internet savvy, there is a huge trend moving away from retail stores to online shopping. This is the case for both retail goods as well as fast moving consumer goods such as groceries and household items. Retail companies like Zalora and FMCG companies like Redmart are snatching away market share (or rather, creating a new market). They are targeting people who do not like the hassle and wasting time and effort shopping offline in shopping centers. Why go out to a shopping centre, queue and squeeze with other people when you can shop online? You can literally be sitting on the toilet bowl and buying things! That’s how amazing E-commerce is these days.
With the rise in E-commerce purchases, comes an equivalent rise in deliveries for these companies as well! Most companies which require deliveries require a one time pick up and mass distribution. The greater the volume of deliveries, the more frequent the number of pick ups per week so as not to create too much backlog. For instance, a new E-commerce company may only have pick ups once a week or 2 weeks. However, a growing E-commerce company may have pick ups several times a week, e.g. twice. A large E-commerce company would definitely require very frequent pick ups and deliveries, as frequent as once or twice a day! There is definitely a large possible range of frequency for pick ups.
In my opinion, Ecommerce deliveries is something that’s going to see lots of development in many countries around the world. This is especially the case in Singapore. Despite the Internet proliferating in Singapore many years ago, Ecommerce companies have only begun springing up in Singapore in the last 5 years. Before that, people could only buy products online from website based in other countries. Due to this large increase in Ecommerce product deliveries required in Singapore, there would need to be many more logistics companies, or at least, a few large ones to emerge to handle these increased volume at reasonable rates so that consumers can still benefit from relatively low prices and even more convenience versus traveling to shopping centers and supermarkets and waste time, money and effort themselves.
I suggest you pay close attention to this industry in Singapore, because it is going to be very exciting if you love supply chain management and logistics.