As a beneficial weapon to help enterprises reduce costs and improve efficiency, electronic signature technology has benefited from the support and guidance of national policies and is accepted and recognized by more and more enterprises. In the logistics industry, which pursues efficiency, e-signature technology is rapidly penetrating. As the data of iiMedia Research showed, 58.9% of logistics enterprises surveyed said they have used e-signature services; 54.3% and 42.9% of logistics enterprises surveyed believe e-signature services can help "real-time flow of waybill" and "standardize receipt and signature" respectively; more than half of the enterprises surveyed believe e-signature services have effectively improved the timeliness of logistics business and customer experience. iiMedia consulting analysts believe that traditional logistics enterprises will be driven by new technology, new models, new forces, accelerate the information technology change, so as to enter a new stage of high-quality development. In this wave of change, information technology will further liberate the productivity of logistics enterprises and help them to improve operational efficiency and service value, while electronic signatures will take the lead in popularizing and developing as the infrastructure for enterprise information technology change.
With the rise of China's e-commerce consumption, the adjustment of the agricultural structure, and the improvement of residents' consumption levels, the output and circulation of fresh products, pharmaceuticals, and chain catering has increased year by year. The development of cold chain logistics is very necessary. In 2018, the total demand for cold chain logistics in China increased by 22.1% year-on-year, the size of the cold chain logistics market increased by 19% year-on-year, and the railway cold chain transportation volume exceeded 1.6 million tons. In terms of enterprises, such as Qingdao Hairong, the ice wheel environment upstream of cold chain logistics, SF Express, JD Logistics, Shanghai Anxian and other companies in the midstream have also further developed. iiMedia Research believe that the development of the cold chain logistics industry will continue in the future, and it will develop in the direction of common distribution mode, multimodal transport mode, integrated development mode, information intelligent mode, and recyclable mode.
Globally, among the world's top 500 companies in 2018, logistics companies occupy four seats. For Deutsche Post DHL, annual revenue in 2018 was 61.55 billion euros, up 1.8% year-on-year; but pre-tax profit (EBIT) was 3.16 billion euros, down 15.5% year-on-year. In China, the volume of China's express delivery business reached 50 billion in 2018. Among them, Guangzhou express business has a maximum of 5.06 billion pieces, and Shanghai Express has the highest revenue, exceeding 100 billion yuan. Overall, the overall satisfaction of users in the express delivery industry increased in 2018, but the delay is still the most dissatisfied factor for users. For a specific company, SF Express has the highest punctuality rate, accounting for 61.4% of China's total express delivery business. In 2019, China's express delivery industry has the following development trends: technology development will help intelligent logistics upgrade, the concentration of express delivery industry will be further enhanced, and the express delivery industry will develop to high quality.
According to iiMedia Research data, the current demand of logistics enterprises for smart logistics mainly includes logistics data, logistics cloud and logistics equipment. In 2018, the smart logistics market will exceed 400 billion yuan. It is expected that by 2025, the smart logistics market will exceed trillion yuan. iiMedia Consulting analysts believe that with the development of IoT, AI and other technologies, as well as the higher requirements for logistics in new retail, intelligent manufacturing and other fields, the scale of intelligent logistics market will continue to expand. At the same time, the development of new retail, the upgrading of consumer consumption and the increase of user experience expectations have contributed to the gradual expansion of demand in the real-time distribution industry. It is expected that the number of users in China's distribution industry will reach 421 million in 2019, and there is still potential for continued growth.