Report: E-Commerce Producing More Jobs and Higher Pay
The Dallas Morning News reports that since 2007, e-commerce has added 397,000 jobs nationwide, twice as many as brick-and-mortar retail. A large portion of the e-commerce job growth can be attributed to new fulfillment centers being built across the U.S. In addition to job growth, those in e-commerce positions are earning more than their brick-and-mortar counterparts. According to the report by economist Michael Mandel of the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington, the average e-commerce worker in Texas is making $43,000 annually, compared to $31,000 for those in brick-and-mortar jobs.
Total Retail's Take: In a year where store closings are taking over news feeds everywhere, the news that e-commerce is thriving is welcomed — and perhaps not surprising. Mandel's definition of e-commerce includes the online shopping, mail order and warehousing industries. It's not surprising that job growth (and higher salaries) are connected to e-commerce, the fast-growing channel of commerce, while traditional brick-and-mortar retail lags behind.