Protests against a natural gas pipeline are crippling Canada’s railways — key economic arteries in the sprawling, trade-dependent nation — and prompting cries of “insanity” and “ecoterrorism” from business leaders.
Importers and domestic manufacturers who sell goods to retailers face an increasingly complex landscape of consumer demands and brand positioning, as the balance between e-commerce and brick-and-mortar sales continues to shift.
In the battle to make their product more attractive to consumers, packaging is a crucial element. Many turn to third-party packaging and co-packing service providers to gain the edge.
Analyst Insight: Despite questions surrounding crowdsourced delivery, it continues to grow as customers demand faster service. Whether they choose to offer it as an additional delivery option or the only choice, shippers will need to consider its costs, as well as decide how it fits strategically with the rest of the business.