Speed, Accuracy Lead the Pack in These 30 Order Fulfillment Statistics for 2022

 In Ecommerce, Order Fulfillment, Statistics

Over the past couple decades, ecommerce has steadily grown to become the most prevalent way consumers shop. The COVID-19 pandemic only accelerated this process. The transition for retailers and distribution centers has been extremely difficult due to the fact that being successful requires businesses to move from single-channel to omni-channel supply chains. 

Ecommerce is here to stay. To continue to be successful and relevant today requires you to determine what role it will play in your company’s business model. 

Ecommerce powerhouses like Amazon and Walmart have been the driving force behind the change in how consumers shop, how orders are processed and delivered, and the rising expectations consumers have when shopping online. These changes have created a feedback loop that encourages other businesses to follow the lead of Amazon and Walmart to meet the expectations of their customers. 

In this article we will explore 30 order fulfillment and ecommerce statistics that show the need for businesses to quickly and accurately be able to process orders in today’s demanding global economy. We will also go over a few order fulfillment best practices your company should be following. Read on to learn more.


Ecommerce Statistics 

These statistics showcase the immense growth ecommerce continues to experience and the need for businesses to be able to have great communication and visibility so their supply chain can perform to its maximum capability. 

  1. US ecommerce sales are expected to cross the $1 trillion threshold in 2022. 
  2. Global ecommerce sales are expected to more than double prepandemic levels by 2025 to $7.4 trillion.  
  3. In 2021, global ecommerce sales were expected to grow by 14.5%
  4. Social commerce sales will reach $45.74 billion in 2022. 
  5. 78% of retailers increased their ecommerce budget for 2021. 
  6. 18% of all retail sales were conducted online, a number expected to reach 22% by 2024.  
  7. Global B2C ecommerce sales were estimated to reach $4 trillion in 2020 and are expected to reach $5 trillion by 2022.  
  8. Global B2B ecommerce sales were expected to climb from $7.7 trillion in 2018 to $17.6 trillion in 2022.  
  9. 57% of shoppers have made an international purchase online within the past six months, 45.5% of which come from North America.  
  10. Millennials aged 25 to 34 accounted for 20.2% of digital buyers In the US in 2020. 
  11. United States’ share of global retail ecommerce sales is expected to drop to 16.9% by 2023 from 22.2% in 2015.  
  12. 44% of all ecommerce sales are expected to be completed through mobile devices by 2025. 
  13. The world witnessed 10 years of ecommerce growth in 90 days during the first quarter of 2020, according to some estimates.  
  14. 65% of consumers prefer to buy products and services from their native country when shopping online. 
  15. 69% of books, music and videos are purchased online

Amazon and Walmart Statistics 

Amazon and Walmart are at the forefront of industry leading change. These statistics highlight their performance and what consumers have grown to expect from online retailers 

  1. Amazon processed over 66,000 packages an hour, or roughly 1.6 million orders per day in 2020.  
  2. Estimates suggest Amazon accounted for nearly 41% of all retail sales in the US in 2020.  
  3. Amazon Prime members spend four times more than non-Prime members with an average total of $1,968 per year.  
  4. More than 200 million people were subscribed to Amazon Prime worldwide as of January 2020, analysts expect subscriber totals to increase to 275 million over the next decade.  
  5. Amazon’s shipping costs rose from $37.9 billion in 2019 to $61.1 billion in 2020. 
  6. Online sales grew by 79% for Walmart in 2021, resulting in the company announcing it will invest $14 billion in supply chain automation

Shipping Statistics 

Shipping is an extremely important element to ecommerce. These statistics show why you need to have a good, transparent shipping policy, the ability to provide shipping insurance and shipping software to keep your order fulfillment operations on schedule. 

  1. 165 billion packages are shipped In the United States each year. 
  2. The average cost to fulfill an order is 70% of the average order value for online retailers.  
  3. Excessive shipping fees are the reason 63% of consumers have canceled an online purchase. 
  4. If a delivery is estimated to take longer than a week, 38% of shoppers will abandon their order. 
  5. If a purchase does not arrive within two days of promised delivery date, 69% of shoppers will likely not shop with that retailer again. 
  6. If no delivery date is provided, 24% of shoppers will abandon their purchase.  
  7. Unexpected shipping costs being added just before checkout account for 25% of online shoppers abandoning their order. 
  8. During shipping, a package can be manually handled 20 times or more, accounting for an average of 17 times an ecommerce delivery may be dropped or mishandled in a single shipment. 
  9. Free shipping is the most important factor to 74% of shoppers, 94% of consumers have taken action to receive free shipping.

Order Fulfillment Best Practices 

Now that we have gone over key statistics relating to ecommerce, order fulfillment and shipping, let’s gloss over some best practices you can implement to improve your supply chain’s effectiveness. 

Critical questions you may ask yourself in how you will maintain an order fulfillment process that is accurate and efficient include: 

  • How can I ensure all orders are delivered within the expected timeframe? 
  • What needs to be done to make my online business and warehouse operate at peak efficiency? 
  • Does my supply chain have any gaps or areas in which it is lacking? 

➡️ Increase Data Visibility: Real-time updates and visibility into your operational efficiency will help you identify areas that can be improved and mitigate problems before they arise. Software that tracks patterns, enables you to create custom monitoring dashboards and share reports both internally and with vendors will help achieve this. 

➡️ Implement Automation to Key Processes: Implementing automation wherever possible streamlines the order fulfillment process, avoids human error and enables your business to enjoy sustainable growth. 

➡️ Organize Warehouse Operations:To ensure that your order fulfillment process is working to the best of its ability, you need to organize your warehouse operations. Order consolidation using a warehouse management system optimizes order picking, based on date of order, expiration dates and same destination. 

➡️ Unify Data Systems: When all of your data is unified under one system, the chance for error drastically decreases and your company’s order fulfillment capability and efficiency increases. Real-time data enables you to avoid errors when storing, packing and shipping merchandise, while having the ability to hold vendors accountable for supplying the correct number of items you’ve requested. 

➡️ Create a Hassle-free Returns Process: Returns are an inevitable part of the ecommerce process. Expect that returns are going to happen and create a hassle-free, user friendly and transparent returns policy. Ecommerce software can help manage the entire returns process which will improve warehouse workflow and customer satisfaction. 

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