ETID President Emre Ekmekçi; “Cargo costs in e-commerce orders increased to 12-14 percent”
Electronic Commerce Operators Association (ETID) President Emre Ekmekçi made statements about the E-Commerce sector cargo fees. Ekmekçi said, “While the shipping cost in the order should be at 4 percent, it has increased to 12-14 percent.”
Emre Ekmekçi, President of the Electronic Commerce Operators Association (ETID), talked about the weight of the cargo fees reflected to the buyer in E-Commerce shopping. He added that the increase in fuel and minimum wage is reflected as a serious increase in the cargo cost.
ETID President Ekmekçi continued his statements with the following statements:
“We see that free shipping campaigns are made less and the minimum order price is increased. Regardless, we actually carry boxes as e-commerce. The biggest cost here is currently cargo. In a healthy e-commerce economy, the shipping cost in the order should be around 4 percent of the total order cost, while this rate has now increased to 12-14 percent.
When we look at the cost of the products sold, we have seen an increase of up to 145 percent. On the cargo side, while there used to be a unit cost transition every year or a year and a half, now there may be price increases every 3 or at most 6 months. So far, platforms are resisting to reflect this cost to the consumer.
When you don’t make shipping free, consumers all over the world tend not to buy with the feeling of why should I pay for shipping. This means that instead of psychologically separating the shipping cost, we are going to a formula where we embed it into the prices a little bit. This causes a hidden inflation. While there were almost 70 thousand registered e-commerce companies in Turkey before the pandemic, this figure approached 500 thousand after the pandemic.”