What does the report cover?
- The value of e-commerce packaging is expected to reach $73.3 billion by 2028 as a result of sustained rapid growth
- Demand for e-commerce packaging is forecast to grow at 9.9% in 2023, before dropping back to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.5% across 2024-2028
- Sustainable corrugated board will make up over 80% of the 2028 value of sustainable e-commerce packaging, representing 45 million tons of recyclable material.
Our exclusive content
- An examination of the e-commerce packaging market considered from a sustainability perspective
- Observations of the key methods used to minimize the environmental impact of packaging for e-commerce shipment, with focus on the measures that converters/brands can make
- The current and future demand for sustainable packaging materials globally across the 2018–28 period via qualitative analysis
- In-depth analysis of current and future demand for sustainable packaging materials broken down by end-use, packaging type and geographic region.
What will you discover?
- Apart from sustainability, possibly the most pressing issue facing the e-commerce market is returns. Latest reports indicate that this cost the industry over $800 billion in 2022, which is nearly double the level for 2020
- Free returns may become a thing of the past, with over 40% of retailers now charging for returns; this report examines the sustainable implications.
The Smithers methodology
- Following dramatic growth during the pandemic, e-commerce is expected to remain a healthy industry, but slow over the medium term, with overall value demand for packaging maintaining a 10% growth rate per annum over the study period
- Returnability of packaging is of growing importance, with many new designs entering the market in attempts to simplify the process for consumers, and at the same time, streamline the logistics for the e-retailer.
This report is based on extensive primary and secondary research. Primary research consisted of targeted interviews with material suppliers, converters and experts drawn from key markets. This was supported by secondary research in the form of extensive literature analysis of published data, official government statistics, domestic and international trade organisation data, company websites, industry reports, trade press articles, presentations, and attendance at trade events.
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About the author
- Raw material suppliers
- Equipment and machinery suppliers
- Packaging converters
- E-commerce brand owners and retailers
- Industry consultants and analysts
Stephen Harrod spent 11 years building a market research company in South Africa, focused on the paper and packaging industry there, following which he spent six years in the paper industry with Mondi and JAC Labels before relocating to the UK. He has been authoring reports for Smithers since 2006, with a focus on global paper and packaging markets.