The automotive aftermarket industry has seen unprecedented growth in the last few years, thanks largely to the boom of online auto parts sales. According to Hedges & Company, online sales of auto parts in the U.S. have now risen to roughly $7.5 billion per year.
The online retail market for aftermarket automotive parts and accessories continues to grow at a rapid rate. In fact, according to a March 2014 report, “Digital Disruption: e-Tailing in the Automotive Aftermarket,” the Automobile Aftermarket Suppliers Association reported that aftermarket e-tailing has grown dramatically, with an estimated 60 percent growth occurring in the past four years (Source).
This post will examine the automotive aftermarket's growing impact on eCommerce and the challenges associated with packaging and shipping automotive parts and supplies.