The movement of goods is a crucial part of our lives. Everything we buy is moved through a channel of different complex systems before it arrives in our shopping cart or at our door. Most of us don’t realize the scope of people involved in this everyday process.
4 out of every 9 jobs in the Peel Region rely on goods movement activities. This is $29 billion in labour income and is almost 50% of workers in the GTA whose jobs rely on the transportation of goods.
But what is the complete process to move goods from start to finish? We outline the steps below and how the transportation of goods facilitates the whole process.
Goods Movement Process:
- Supplier – supply raw materials
- Manufacturer – create the product
- Distributor – organize products and move to stores
- Retailer – sell products for customer to buy
- Consumer – purchase products via retailer or online stores
The emergence of e-commerce has sped up the goods movement process and in turn created opportunity for the consumer to receive their goods directly from the distribution centres instead of going into a physical store location.
The rapid advancement of this technology has created an influx of jobs at every step of the process. The demand for goods has required the goods movement process to move quickly from start to finish in order to fill the demand of a 24 hour shopping economy.
The way we purchase goods will continue to evolve and surely will continue to rely on more jobs to complete the movement process. This means we are likely to see an even further increase in the amount of jobs in the Peel region that rely on the transportation of goods.