The pandemic has accelerated online purchases and package deliveries, with shoppers increasingly buying goods from foreign markets. The reasons vary based on region. Consumers in Western countries, for example, cite lower product prices as a primary motivation for buying from Asian countries. Shoppers in Asian countries say products not being available domestically and lower delivery costs are top reasons to purchase from Western countries.
To read the article, see “Signed, sealed, and delivered: Unpacking the cross-border parcel market’s promise,” March 17, 2022.