ESW, leading direct-to-consumer (DTC) ecommerce company, and SEKO Logistics, a global logistics provider, have entered into a new partnership agreement providing mutually complementary services to each other’s clients.
ESW will support SEKO’s roster of clients with global end-to-end ecommerce technology and services to help them expand their DTC businesses. SEKO, in turn, will give ESW’s clients immediate access to enhanced logistics and fulfilment support, including expanded in-country warehouse presence and returns centres at over 120 locations globally to provide faster and more convenient customer experience.
The collaboration aims to address the rising cost of cross-border ecommerce for DTC brands and will facilitate improved cost, time and compliance benefits, and unlock access to a global ecommerce market, with record growth expected again in 2022 to more than $5.55 trillion.
“This new partnership will provide SEKO and ESW’s combined roster of clients with superior global DTC ecommerce solutions,” said Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, ESW’s president and CEO, Americas. “SEKO’s logistics leadership offers a globally scalable solution for warehousing and returns, bringing ESW clients all the benefits and growth potential of an ecommerce fulfilment network spanning 40 countries.”
The announcement comes as the world of global ecommerce, particularly in the last year, has shifted. With the rising cost of airfreight, cross-border ecommerce brands now recognise the need for local fulfilment to reduce shipping costs, expedite delivery times and address complex compliance issues.
“The size and scale of our global fulfilment footprint, combined with ESW’s ecommerce technology, makes this partnership so exciting. We have customers in our portfolio who want what ESW offers, so we bring immediate basket aggregation opportunities. This type of collaboration is driving the growth of the ecommerce ecosystem,” added Brian Bourke, SEKO’s chief growth officer.
“Our partnership with ESW provides these solutions immediately, and we’ve already won our first fulfilment customers on the strength of our combined offering. We are giving SEKO’s ecommerce clients the chance to partner with ESW on their globalisation journey.”