Peak Update – January 2019

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Welcome back to our latest update on the Peak season!

Happy New Year!

The weekend of 28th to 31st December was up 20% compared to last year.


Destination growth for Australia

The split of orders was 69% domestic and 31% international, very similar to last week. Standard Delivery returned as the most popular service (55%). This was followed by Next Day (39%) and Saturday (3%).

The top destination countries were US, Ireland and Australia. This is the first time Australia has been in the top three, this is usually occupied by France.


Birmingham on top again

The results for the volume in UK towns is looking more usual. Birmingham was the city with the highest volume, followed by Belfast and Manchester. For the first time ever East London had more volume than South East London.


Keep Track of Peak 2018

Each year MetaPack produces benchmarking reports to help the industry understand how peak deliveries are shaping up. The Peak Profile Index and Carrier Performance Heat Map are updated weekly to help you keep track of Christmas peak.

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2018 State of eCommerce Delivery: Webinar FAQs

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MetaPack 2018 State of eCommerce Delivery Consumer Research Report

We recently hosted a webinar discussing the findings from the 2018 State of eCommerce Delivery: MetaPack Consumer Research Report. This report surveyed 3,597 consumers in Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, the UK and the US. We focused on the key findings from our research, addressing fast and flexible delivery, international shopping, consumer loyalty and going luxe and going green.

During the webinar, we received many questions on the report itself. Below, we’ve compiled some of the most interesting questions we received:

  1. Are people willing to pay for a delivery subscription in order to get their “free” deliveries?

74% of consumers would like the eCommerce sites they use regularly to provide a delivery loyalty programme. And almost 20% of consumers say they’re more than prepared to pay a monthly fee if that means securing unlimited next-day delivery on all their online orders.

  1. Are consumers willing to wait for their delivery if the delivery if free?

Speed is key for consumers. However, looking closely at the results we see that 62% identified free delivery as their top priority, but 20% identified fast delivery as their top priority. So free is more important than speed. From this perspective we can say yes, consumers will wait if delivery is free – but not for long.

  1. As the trends change year on year, what can a retailer do to keep up with these increasing demands of consumers?

Retailers must be ready and willing to adapt to changes in consumer attitudes and demands. Of course, this has always been the case for retail – and any industry in fact. But for delivery, it is important to be flexible, and give consumers flexible delivery options. If retailers give consumers a range of delivery options then they will have a better chance of keeping up with what their customers want.

Retailers and brands should consider the case for more innovative ways to do delivery that are increasingly popular and would help them stand out- such as combined loyalty programmes or one-hour delivery.

  1. It seems the consumers’ wish to choose is more to do with avoiding carriers they have had problems with and less to do with carriers’ investments in the consumer relationship. Is that fair?

Consumers have abandoned their shopping baskets at all types of sites after being allocated a carrier that has always let them down.  Globally, 41% say the freedom to choose a last-mile carrier is very or somewhat important to them – and in the US, 31% of shoppers view this facility as a deal-breaker. We would infer the high percentage has more to do with simply not disappointing customers.

  1. What about last mile green deliveries options?

Many consumers are attracted to having consolidated deliveries– 62% said that the convenience of receiving all their goods in one go was an attractive proposition – and in particular, 76% of shoppers in Spain highlighted this as the top benefit.

  1. Do you know the percentage of customers who are willing to pay a monthly subscription fee for next day delivery and fast pick up returns?

19% of consumers say they’re more than prepared to pay a monthly fee if that means securing unlimited next-day delivery on all their online orders.

  1. What are the main difference you see between different regions in western markets?

There is no one trend that sums up a country, but we have seen there are differences in preferences. For example, Spanish shoppers (58%) were most enticed at the prospect of exchanging their shopping loyalties in return for preferential member services – and they were also highly interested in a delivery loyalty programme where multiple retailers and brands work together to offer a premium delivery service (73%). In the US only 23% of shoppers had opted for a PUDO, significantly lower than the global 39%. We will be sharing a North American Markets Insight Report, and overviews of each of the European countries which should provide more insight.

  1. What should be the primary focus for 2019?

61% of consumers say a positive delivery experience incentivises them to shop with an e-tailer again. The primary focus for retailers and brands in 2019 is to ensure that they give their customers a positive delivery experience. Focus on providing fast and flexible delivery options.

For more information, watch the full webinar here.

Peak Update – 21st- 24th December

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Welcome back to our latest update on the Peak season!

If you celebrate Christmas we hope you had a wonderful time celebrating.

The weekend of 21st to 24th December was up an enormous 42% compared to last year.


A surge in Next Day deliveries

The split of orders was 70% domestic and 30% international. For the first time, the most popular service was Next Day (52%), followed by Standard (35%) and Saturday (7%). We can infer this increase in Next Day is because people were keen to get their deliveries before Christmas.

The top destination countries were the US, France and Ireland. This has been consistent throughout the reports.


Birmingham sees the highest volume

For the first time so far Belfast was not in the top two for UK towns! Birmingham was the city with the highest volume, narrowly followed by Glasgow and Manchester. Belfast was the fourth highest town for volume. Again, South East London remains the top London area for volume, but East London is catching up.

Don’t miss next week’s blog for reporting on how the weekend went.


Keep Track of Peak 2018

Each year MetaPack produces benchmarking reports to help the industry understand how peak deliveries are shaping up. The Peak Profile Index and Carrier Performance Heat Map are updated weekly to help you keep track of Christmas peak.

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Peak Update – 7th- 10th December

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Welcome back to our latest update on the Peak season!

The weekend of 7th to 10th December was up 4% compared to last year, showing that consumers are busier than ever buying goods.

The split of order volume was 69% domestic and 31% international. Last week international volume was particularly high at 34%, whereas this weekend the rate of international volume was more in line with what we have been seeing throughout Peak.

Service types

The most popular services were exactly the same as last weekend; Standard (61%), Next Day (35%) and Saturday (2%). This is consistent with previous weeks, where numbers have tended to hover around 61-63% for Standard.

Top destinations during Peak

The top destination countries were US, Ireland and France. This has been consistent throughout the reports. The top UK town was not Belfast this weekend! Birmingham got the spot as the top UK town for volume. It is intriguing to see if another city will beat them. Will Glasgow (currently third in the charts), beat Birmingham and Belfast before Peak season is over? Again, South East London remains the top London area for volume.

Don’t miss next week’s blog for reporting on how the weekend went.


Keep track of Peak 2018

Each year MetaPack produces benchmarking reports to help the industry understand how peak deliveries are shaping up. The Peak Profile Index and Carrier Performance Heat Map are updated weekly to help you keep track of Christmas peak.

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Peak Update – 30th November – 3rd December

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Welcome back to our latest update on the Peak season!

The weekend of 30th November to 3rd December was up 3% compared to last year.

The split of orders was 66% domestic and 34% international. International volume was higher than previous weeks, for example 3.5% higher than the weekend of 16th-19th November. The most popular services were Standard (61%), Next Day (35%) and Saturday (2%). This is consistent with previous weeks, where numbers have tended to hover around 61-63% for Standard.

The top destination countries were US, Ireland and France. This has been consistent throughout the reports. The top UK towns were Belfast and Birmingham, reflecting previous weekends. Again, South East London remains the top London area for volume.

Don’t miss next week’s blog for reporting on how the weekend went.


Keep Track of Peak 2018

Each year MetaPack produces benchmarking reports to help the industry understand how peak deliveries are shaping up. The Peak Profile Index and Carrier Performance Heat Map are updated weekly to help you keep track of Christmas peak.

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Peak Update – 16th- 19th November

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Welcome to the Peak report for the weekend of 16th-19th November! There are only two days to Black Friday but already retailers and brands are offering significant discounts.  

This weekend the industry with the greatest uplift from last year is Pets (36%). The next highest industries for uplift are Automotive Products (29%) and Furniture (10%).

Surprisingly, last week’s highest uplift was Gifts and this is not featured in the top industries. Pets was last week’s second highest uplift so it is appropriate that it has appeared at the top of the list. The industry with the lowest uplift from last year is Food and Beverages.

The results for the service split are similar to last week. The majority of service is Standard (down 3% at 63%) and Next day (down 2% at 33%).

The top destination country is US, followed by Ireland. The top UK town outside of London for volume is Belfast. It narrowly beats Birmingham, last week’s highest town for volume. Again, South East London had the highest volumes in the capital.

Don’t miss next week’s blog for reporting on how the weekend went.


Keep Track of Peak 2018

Each year MetaPack produces benchmarking reports to help the industry understand how peak deliveries are shaping up. The Peak Profile Index and Carrier Performance Heat Map are updated weekly to help you keep track of Christmas peak.

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Peak Update – 9th-12th November

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Hello!

Here is the Peak report for the weekend of 9th-12th November.

The industry with the greatest uplift from last year is Gifts (64%). Pets and Books came in closely with a 27% and 20% uplift respectively. Furniture and clothing retailers have also seen significant uplift. The area with the lowest uplift was household goods.

The majority of the volume (63%) was Domestic.

The majority of service split is Standard (60%) and Next day (35%). As we get closer to the holiday season we anticipate there will be more increase in next day and weekend delivery.

The top UK towns outside of London for volume are Birmingham, Belfast and Glasgow. South East London had the highest volumes in the capital.

Remember to keep following our Peak Profile Index to see the growth during Peak season and to compare to previous years. The Carrier Heat Map will also let you track how the top UK carriers perform throughout the Peak period. Take a look.


Keep Track of Peak 2018

Each year MetaPack produces benchmarking reports to help the industry understand how peak deliveries are shaping up. The Peak Profile Index and Carrier Performance Heat Map are updated weekly to help you keep track of Christmas peak.

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Peak Trading Update

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Welcome to the new and exciting MetaPack blog!

We will be starting off our new blog with a focus on the Peak trading season.

With only 15 days to go until Black Friday, we expect to see a massive increase in consumers buying goods online.

Every year MetaPack produces benchmarking reports to help the industry understand how peak deliveries are shaping up. We track the peak season using our Peak Profile Index and Carrier Performance Heat Map. The Peak Profile Index shows volumes over our platforms from the beginning of September to highlight growth during peak.


The Carrier Performance Heat Map allows you to track how the top UK carriers are performing throughout the Peak period. The Peak Profile Index and Carrier Performance Heat Map are updated weekly to help you keep track.


Until the middle of January, we will be providing weekly blog updates to show how retailers and brands are performing. This data can be used to indicate trends and for comparison to previous years. The weekly updates will include information such as the volume of parcels on the platform broken down into Industry sectors, the balance of domestic vs international parcels, service split, top countries and top UK towns.


Keep Track of Peak 2018

Each year MetaPack produces benchmarking reports to help the industry understand how peak deliveries are shaping up. The Peak Profile Index and Carrier Performance Heat Map are updated weekly to help you keep track of Christmas peak.

keep track of peak 2018