IMRG MetaPack UK Delivery Index - January 2019

Reporting December 2018 Performance

Bah Humbug – did someone cancel Christmas?

  • Across the two peak months of November and December, 2018 produced only a 0.4% volume increase on 2017. This compares very badly with the 16.4% increase between 2016 and 2017.
  • The year-end result is growth of 9.2% leaving the industry some 50 million deliveries short of forecast.
  • The lower than expected volume created a benefit in terms of on-time delivery performance which maintained the level experienced for the rest of the year.
  • However, this is small consolation for retailers especially when parcel order values were also down month-on-month and year-on-year.
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