The development of consumer markets in Asia, Africa and Latin America are changing distribution channels, Transport Intelligence Ltd. and Kewill, a logistics management software provider, said in a report. They predicted that by 2020, 1.8 billion people will be in a "consuming class," spending $30tr, up from $12tr today.
The shift will require logistics firms to focus on parcel delivery to consumers in developing countries, which has traditionally taken a backseat to exports or the movement of raw materials and parts through global supply chains. Parcel shipments from businesses to consumers will grow nearly 14 percent a year in the next five years in the Asia-Pacific region, outstripping growth in North America and Western Europe, consulting firm Accenture said in a report.
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