Seko Logistics launches e-commerce unit

By Damian Brett

Dave Emerson. Source: Seko Logistics

Seko Logistics has launched a new e-commerce business unit as it looks to grow cross-border e-commerce volumes.

The new business unit, Seko ECommerce, will offer four core solutions: international e-commerce shipping and delivery services; e-commerce fulfilment; parcels returns and re-commerce and heavyweight e-commerce shipping and last mile delivery.

The new business unit will primarily work with fashion, beauty, cosmetics, tech and lifestyle clients, which have “spearheaded their e-commerce growth for over 10 years”.

Seko ECommerce will also work with other aggregators and postal operators to facilitate global international e-commerce parcel shipping. In the US, Seko will also grow its service offering for larger consumer purchases.

“The new business unit will support increasingly knowledgeable etailers and merchants which are becoming even more savvy in their choice of e-commerce partners,” Seko said.

The new business unit will be led by David Emerson in a senior vice president role, while Chris Zheng will be senior vice president – global cross border.

Seko said it had decided to launch the new unit to reflect growing demand for e-commerce.

The company pointed to statistics showing the global e-commerce market grew by 24% in 2020, producing market sales revenues of $4.2trn.

Another year of record growth in 2021 is expected to boost sales to nearer $4.9trn.

E-commerce now accounts for around 40% of Seko Logistics’ annual revenues, while its e-commerce operation has more than doubled in size in the last 12 months as online consumer purchases accelerated during the Covid pandemic.

James Gagne, president and chief executive of Seko Logistics, said: “The impact of Covid has accelerated what was already happening in the global e-commerce market, in terms of rapid year-over-year growth.

“The launch of SEKO Ecommerce advances our ability to embrace this demand by bringing all our ecommerce solutions together under one leadership team.

“Seko was an early adopter of e-commerce in 2011, and this next evolution enables us to see the market through one lens, and to globalize what we offer.

“E-commerce penetration has essentially accelerated five years overnight.”

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