By 2016 the number of home delivery parcels will over take the number of commercial packages being delivered
Online shopping is having a detrimental effect on the high street and as society evolves, people don't have as much time to go shopping in the busy, cold town centres. Shopping online is easy, you can do it from the comfort of your own home and you don't have to trawl through the sale racks to find what you are looking for. Just a few clicks and you can have your goods come to you rather than the other way round.
Online shopping has not only over taken the high street, but online orders now dominate the volume of parcels sent out on a daily basis. The expansion of online shopping means that by 2016 over 60% of all parcels sent out will be destined for ordinary consumers rather than for businesses.
In previous years, the balance was very much tilted towards the commercial sector, but a study from Global Freight Solutions suggests that this will be overturned by 2016.
Consumers accounted for 37 per cent of all parcel deliveries made in the weeks leading up to Christmas last year and the vast majority of these packages could be attributed to e-commerce sites fulfilling orders made online. So I you are an e-commerce business reading this, then you better get practising your packaging skills.
It is becoming more and more important to have excellent packaging, people don't get that special treatment like they do when they shop in stores, so the way to ensure your customers come back is offer them special packaging. Wrap the parcel in tissue paper or bubble wrap first, then ensure you use well presented and well designed boxes.
The shift in the type of parcels has called for a huge re-structure of the delivery market, Simon Veale, a spokesperson from Global Freight Solutions said, that safe shopping online has really come into its own since 2006 and is set to continue its shake up of the UK's courier infrastructure.
In the short term the increase in the volume of parcels being handled might mean that next day delivery is harder to guarantee, which could put e-commerce firms in a dilemma. By the Christmas of 2016 it is thought that an additional 4.75 million packages will be handled daily by delivery companies in the UK as a result of the booming e-commerce market.