With ecommerce accounting for about 11 percent of all U.S. retail sales and the outlook for the channel growing, consumers now demand speedy deliveries. To meet this increasing demand, JAXPORT and our logistics partners work together to optimize shippers’ supply chains.
One recent success story comes to mind. During last year’s holiday season, an ecommerce client needed to route cooking appliances to a consumer base in the U.S. Southeast in time for Black Friday sales. They faced delays with another U.S. port. Instead, the client decided to ship through JAXPORT, and they achieved their goals of efficiency and speed to market, which not only strengthened their sales during peak season but also saved holiday dinners for families around the Southeast.
Of course, JAXPORT’s supply chain also makes economic sense. With a shipping channel in the river wide enough for two ships to pass at the same time, vessels experience greater freedom of movement from the sea buoy to the berth than they do at other ports in the region. JAXPORT also offers strong rail service and intermodal access to markets from Florida to the Midwest. So, with competitive turn times at our terminals, more than 100 trucking firms in the area, and three interstate highways offering fast access to major markets, retailers enjoy expedited delivery to their distribution centers and final mile destinations.
Ecommerce as percentage of U.S. retail sales, 2014 – 2019
We like to say that at JAXPORT, X Marks the Spot for retail logistics. Whether you operate a traditional brick and mortar, or an ecommerce shop, or both, Jacksonville is the exact place your supply chain can find success.