OTTAWA, Ont. — Transportation and warehousing are starting to embrace the online alternative, achieving $1.9 billion in online sales in 2002, up from $0.9 billion in 200, Statistics Canada records show.
Despite this increase, however, Internet sales represented 2.4% of their operating revenue and transportation and warehousing remain considerably behind the private sector benchmarks for e-commerce.
The percentage of transportation and warehousing providers using the Internet to sell their services has climbed to 3.6% but that is still less than half of the 7.6% average for Canada’s overall private sector.
After a decline in 2001, transportation and warehousing firms returned to the Internet in 2002 when looking to buy goods and services. About 19% of the firms said they are using the Internet for procurement purposes. In comparison, 31.7% of enterprises across the entire private sector reported using the Internet to buy goods and services.
A much higher percentage of transportation and warehousing providers are using the Internet even if they are not yet using it to sell or buy services and goods. Almost 64% of the businesses reported using the Internet compared to 57% the previous year. The average for the private sector is 75.7%.
The number of transportation and warehousing firms with a Web site has also climbed to 15.8% from 11.1% the previous year. But that too remains behind the pace set by the rest of corporate Canada. Almost 32% of private enterprises report having a Web presence.
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