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Parcel volumes up by 8 per cent

Wednesday, 29 August 2018
By Wayne Robinson

Australians received the equivalent of 34 parcels each last year, an eight per cent increase on the year before as volumes reached 841 million in the 12 months to June, according to The Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index, released today.

An additional 63 million parcles were received by Australians over the same period last year. The number of parcels shipping generated $9.2bn in revenue last year, an increase of 6.2 per cent over the previous year.

Parcel growth is being driven by a surge in e-commerce. Pitney Bowes says global shipping volume is set to to surpass 100 billion parcels in 2020, with Australia on target to receive more than a billion parcels in three years time.

Opportunities for printers are emerging in parcels, BCS for instance has developed a machine to produce low run custom boxes with printing, available in Australia through Neil Southerington.

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According to Pitney Bowes ecommerce in Australia has contributed significantly to the strength of the parcel shipping market. The seamless experience provided by many online marketplaces has driven consumers’ expectations for convenience, price and availability of products from around the world, made possible through global ecommerce.

Stephen Darracott, ANZ country manager and director, Pitney Bowes, said, “The parcel shipping market remains strong, with growth across all regions. Global ecommerce giants continue to raise the bar, resetting customer expectations when it comes to shipping.

“As retailers and marketplaces look to cross-border commerce to drive growth, carriers must create efficient, seamless routes to market. They are doing this by turning to technology, investing in commerce platforms, logistics hubs and fulfillment centers. Over the next year, we expect businesses will be undergoing a digital transformation of their mailing and shipping workflow, improving their efficiency and inbound and outbound tracking capabilities.”

China (40.1 billion), the United States (11.9 billion), and Japan (9.6 billion) represented the top three countries for parcel shipping volume in 2017. China’s parcel shipments represent 53 percent of the total shipments in the Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index.

Japan tops per capita shipping with 76 parcels shipped per person in 2017. The UK follows at 48 parcels shipped per person, and then Germany at 41 parcels.

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