Shoppers are being urged not to leave buying their Christmas presents until the last minute due to extra pressure put on the country’s courier service due to Covid-19.
With millions around the United Kingdom spending months on end in their own homes due to lockdown rules and regulations, many of us have turned to online ordering more than ever before to keep ourselves entertained within our four walls.
And because of that pressure, retailers’ deliveries this Christmas are set to increase in the hundreds of millions.
Last year, around 387million of the 462million Christmas peak deliveries were online orders.
For 2020, experts estimate that this will peak at 592million parcels in the weeks before Christmas.
And because of this, they are urging shoppers to buy as early as possible to avoid a lockdown jam and backlog and make sure there are no festive disappointments on Christmas Day itself.
ParcelHero’s Head of Consumer Research, David Jinks MILT, says that last-minute shoppers are in for a shock this year.
David said: “In 2019, many retailers were offering Christmas orders almost up to the big day itself. This year, several are playing things much safer to allow for the lockdown logjam.
“Since March, retailers and couriers have been battling with what is, effectively, a perpetual Christmas peak. Once the ‘real’ Christmas season arrives, retailers and their delivery partners will be stretched to near-breaking point.
“Last year, 387 million of the 462 million Christmas peak deliveries were online shopping orders. This year, retailers’ deliveries alone will put an estimated 592 million parcels in the system in the weeks before Christmas. That’s in addition to all the parcels people are sending to their friends and relations during lockdown.
“Some retailers’ online final order dates are surprisingly early. Normally, we would think they were being over-cautious but for 2020 we believe they are prudent.”
For those who inevitably leave their shopping until late, many shops have given their final deadlines as Christmas Eve.
“Christmas Eve same-day deliveries look highly ambitious this year,” David said.
“Only Amazon has control over its deliveries because it owns Amazon Logistics, which now delivers around 10% of all UK parcels. Other retailers are very optimistic in planning for same-day express deliveries on Christmas Eve, though this date is achievable for in-store collection – assuming non-essential stores are open.”
Final Christmas order deadlines verified with each store:
- Agent Provocateur – December 23
- Amazon – December 24
- Ann Summers – December 23
- Argos – December 24
- ASOS – December 23
- Boden – December 23
- Body Shop – December 23
- Boohoo.com – December 23
- Cath Kidston – December 23
- Currys – December 23
- Dell – December 12
- Disney Shop – December 23
- Evans Cycles – December 23
- Feel Unique – December 23
- Firebox – December 23
- Game – December 23
- Gap – December 22
- George.com (Asda) – December 17
- Harrods – December 23
- Harvey Nichols – December 21
- House of Fraser – December 23
- HP – December 12
- IKEA – December 21
- Jigsaw – December 23
- John Lewis – December 23
- Karen Millen – December 23
- Liberty – December 15
- Littlewoods – December 22
- M&S – December 23
- Made.com – December 23
- Net-a-Porter – December 24
- New Look – December 23
- Next – December 23
- Paul Smith – December 23
- PC World – December 23
- Pets at Home – December 17
- Selfridges – December 17
- Sports Direct – December 23
- Superdry – December 23
- The Conran Shop – December 15
- The White Company – December 23
- Topshop – December 23
- Urban Outfitters – December 22
- Very – December 22
- Warehouse – December 23
- Watchshop – December 23
- Zara – December 24