UK Parcel Market Grows Steadily

The UK parcel market has recorded a steep increase in demand with the growth of online shopping and the rise in UK students studying abroad. Latest figures show that the market has grown by approximately 13% and further increases are predicted over the next coming months.

Online retailing is said to be one of the main factors contributing to the growth of the UK parcel market. Increasing numbers of people are purchasing goods online for convenience and ease. Online retailers and outlets use and rely on couriers to deliver parcels and goods to their respective clients. To facilitate this trend many parcel delivery companies offer discounted rates to win the business of these online outlets.

The UK parcel market industry is predicting a record high demand with consumers buying christmas presents from online outlets. Many online retailers provide free parcel delivery with guaranteed next day delivery of goods to incentive consumers to purchase goods online. Purchasing goods online is easy, particularly for those living in remote areas, and saves times as items are delivered by couriers straight to the door.

UK Parcel Market

Latest figures released by the British Council suggest that the number of people studying abroad has risen by 6.5% compared to 2011. This increase has been suggested to have contributed to the growth of the UK parcel market. This increase is attributed to both students using couriers, such as DHL parcel delivery, to ship their belongings to the place of study and parents regularly sending little surprise parcels to their beloved ones.

The recent bad press surrounding long queues within post offices may lead people to seek alternative parcel delivery options this Christmas. As a result, independent and private couriers, such as DHL parcel delivery, could see a favourable rise in business this festive season.

Whilst the UK parcel market and couriers are experiencing a steady growth, the letter and card market is declining. The rising cost of stamps and the increase of digital mail have been attributed to this decline. Latest consumer research suggests that 50% of people over the age of 50 are said to reduce the amount of cards and letters sent this Christmas. The survey concluded that on average people over the age of 50 were intending to send 10 cards less than in the previous year, accounting for all total decrease of 210 million for this festive period. Digital mail and in particular e-cards are further increasingly replacing the traditional paper card this Christmas.

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Tim Moore
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This article was written by Tim Moore who uses DHL parcel delivery this Christmas to send gifts to friends and family.

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