Welcome to our second update on Peak season, covering the weekend of 15th to 18th November.

Overall, the numbers were similar to last year. The split of orders was 67% domestic and 33% international according to volume. The most popular service was Standard/Economy, which was 59% of parcel volume, up 2% from last weekend. Next Day delivery was 36% of volume.

The top destination countries were US, Ireland and Australia.

The retailer category that has had the most uplift is Health & Beauty (49%), Gifts (22%) and Sports & Leisure (19%). The categories that saw the biggest decline were Jewellery/Watches and Toys & Games. Last weekend Toys & Games also experienced the greatest decline.

Again, Birmingham was the city with the highest volume, followed by Belfast and Glasgow. Surprisingly, SE London didn’t even make the list.

Next weekend will be the last before Black Friday so stay tuned for developments!