Christmas in numbers (infographic)

Christmas in numbers (infographic)
Thu, 01/09/2020

What does it actually look like for online retailers and logistics providers at Christmas? How high is the Christmas parcel volume, what changes in Christmas shipping and how high are returns after Christmas? We have analyzed data from over 112 million parcels shipped and summarized the key findings in an infographic.

The Christmas business in figures (infographic)


Parcel volume during the holiday season


It sounds unbelievable, but it's true: Parcel volumes at Christmas time (November & December) increase by 116 percent compared to the rest of the year (January to October). The electronics, computers & accessories (186%) and furniture & decorations (116%) sectors are particularly affected by a disproportionately high increase.

Shipping Christmas packages

At Christmas time, shipping packages takes a little longer than the rest of the year. Before and on Christmas (November and December), delivery usually takes 2.1 days. During the rest of the year, logisticians need about 1.9 days to deliver a package.

Significantly, the number of express deliveries is increasing: By an incredible 6981 percent (!).

Returns after Christmas

That the rate of returns increases after Christmas is already clear to every online retailer. Often, an increase of about 22 percent can be expected in this context. In addition, most packages are returned in the 2nd and 3rd week of January. Read our free whitepaper to find out how you can sustainably reduce your returns rate.

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