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UK: Online spending and deliveries break records

2014 saw the online shopping spend in the UK smash through the £100billion barrier for the first time, reports IMRG, and this year will see online retailers break another record in the volume of packages dispatched.

by Helen Leggatt

The IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index shows that £104billion was spent online in the UK last year. Over the Christmas period alone, £21.6billion was spent.

This year another record will be broken. The latest IMRG MetaPack UK Delivery Index shows that online retail orders grew by 9.5% YoY in January 2015. While this is below the forecast growth of 13% it is a significant uptick on last years' 3.8% growth.

Furthermore, the level of on time and attempted deliveries was at 92.5%, the highest it has been since 2012. .

"The story of January 2015 is how UK retailers and carriers are continuing to cooperate ever more closely to sustain the successful rebound from the challenges of early December," said Angela O'Connell, strategy and marketing director, MetaPack. "A year-on-year January increase in parcels dispatched is a great way to begin a year when we expect more innovation in delivery choices to enable the growth we and the IMRG are forecasting."

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Tags: delivery solutions, ecommerce, UK

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