Global Shipping Trends: Insights for the Year Ahead

March 30, 2021

Global Shipping Trends

2020 was a challenging year for the shipping industry. However, it inspired much needed change. You may notice shipping trends in 2021 that could shape the future of the industry. Most notably the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the shift from physical shopping to online shopping by a whopping five years according to Tech Crunch

Take a look at additional global shipping trends that you can expect to see throughout 2021 in today’s article. 

Demand for Affordable Global Shipping

Many consumers and shipping companies are looking for more affordable ways to export and import products. Global eCommerce is increasing rapidly but the demand for cost-effective shipping will increase during the year too. 

That’s because cost management is important to any business. To assist you with affordable shipping options you should consider using check freight services from W Group Worldwide so you can save on major export or import costs. With these services you’ll get the following benefits: 

  • FLC and LCL options for ocean freight
  • Insurance that protects your cargo
  • Managing your shipment with contract logistics
  • Customs brokers

Most importantly you can ship goods at a rate that’s much more affordable compared to other types of shipping services. 

Commercial Drone Deliveries 

Another trend you may notice is the use of drones for commercial deliveries. In August 2020 the Federal Aviation Administration approved drone deliveries. Commercial drones can fly over residential areas to deliver packages.

The pandemic has encouraged people to have less interaction with people to protect them from contracting the Coronavirus. Therefore, the best way to deliver goods is using drones. 

However, since drones are small there may be a major limit on item weight. The use of drones for delivery is still new but in the next coming years, merchants could also use drones for delivery. 

Shipping Goes Green

Sustainability has become a driving force for many years now to stop the effects of global warming. On the other hand, sustainable companies boost customer loyalty and growth and it’s cost-effective. 

There is an awareness that the transportation industry emits a significant amount of CO2 emissions. That’s why shipping and logistics companies are becoming more sustainable. To lower their overall carbon footprint, logistics companies are using solar-powered vehicles and they have advanced energy management. 

Final Thoughts 

Are you looking forward to all the new and exciting global shipping trends in 2021? It would seem consumers are waiting for the chance to accept packages from drones while shipping companies are looking for new and improved ways to become sustainable. 

Of course, saving on shipping rates is important for businesses that export goods to different countries. If you’re one of those businesses that are looking for affordable shipping rates then consider using services from W Group Worldwide to optimize your shipping processes and build an effective logistics strategy

We hope you found our shipping industry overview on expected trends useful to start thinking of new ways to ship goods for your business. 

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