Figures for November and December show that the festive delivery peak has edged even closer to Christmas Day as Christmas retail deliveries peaked on Thursday 19th December, compared to 18th December in 2012.
The figures also showed that many shoppers left it very late with orders remaining high right up to late on Christmas Eve. CitySprint’s flexible network even delivered several gifts on Christmas Day itself, including a special delivery to a children’s hospital ward.
In addition, CitySprint made hundreds of retail deliveries on Boxing Day as shoppers took advantage of the sales beginning in earnest.
The festive figures also showed that retailers and consumers took advantage of booking deliveries on the go with hundreds of jobs booked using the MyCourier app throughout December.
In total, CitySprint handled almost half a million retail deliveries in November and December 2013, as more people moved online to do their festive shopping and took advantage of later cut-offs for delivery in time for Christmas. And with an estimated basket value of £50 for each retail delivery, this represents around £25 million in online retail sales delivered over the two months.
Patrick Gallagher, CEO, CitySprint commented, “This Christmas we saw many retailers responding to customer demand for more flexibility and convenience by offering later cut-offs, evening and same day deliveries which ran all the way until Christmas. As consumers put their faith in retailers and distributors, it’s no surprise that our peak day edged even closer to Christmas.”
“We put a lot of time and planning into this Christmas period and, despite the poor weather in many parts of the country, we are delighted that we’ve had another very successful festive season,” added Gallagher.