Problems in the pricing of e-commerce logistics

The Spanish association of DIY and hardware manufacturers (AFEB) invited its members to discuss the topic of logistics in various work groups. The participants raised the issue of difficulties in calculating the costs of e-commerce logistics. Due to the explosive rise in demand in the past year, some suppliers had rashly accepted costs, according to the criticism. This makes it difficult for AFEB members to define appropriate prices. At the same time, both the costs of transportation as well as for order processing and the returns logistics would need to be taken into account, the manufacturers argued. The purport is that a possible solution is seen in third-party deals. One work group initiated the development of a map in which the various logistics cycles are assessed from the point of view of manufacturers and transport companies. It is expected to offer suppliers detailed information on services, costs and benefits.