Christmas cheer for parcel delivery firms

Retailers may be hurting but Pack & Send and DHL say they are doing brisk business

Christmas cheer for parcel delivery firms
Michael Paul says franchisees are reporting huge volumes.


Parcel delivery specialists locally and internationally are noting a surge in business in the lead up to Christmas.

National parcels and freight firm Pack & Send says that it is expecting a record year-on-year increase in domestic and international shipments this month, on the back of busiest two weeks of the year for courier companies.

Despite the recent Westpac Consumer Sentiment Index projected a gloomy Christmas for retailers as consumers cut back spending to levels as low as in 2011, the company is bullish about its prospects.

"Growth in parcel shipments in the busiest period of the year for the logistics sector is a positive indicator for the economy," CEO Michael Paul says.

"There is certainly a hive of activity among the retail and e-tail sector that we serve – a strong sign that they are meeting consumer demand for their products.

"Our financial ‘year-to-date’ international express shipping volumes are up 30 per cent through our Service Centre retail network and up a staggering 113 per cent for our online sales channel – which has been very popular with e-tailers and businesses who regularly send up to 50 parcels per week."

"From our December forecast analysis and the incredible growth over November, in addition to feedback from franchisees reporting huge volumes of parcels coming through their doors, this is set to be the biggest Christmas for the company to date."

DHL Express is another counting its blessing and anticipating a Christmas rush.

"We are predicting a spike in delivery volume from this week right up until Christmas Eve, and have put an extra 50 couriers on the road DHL Express Oceania senior vice president Gary Edstein says.

"We’ve also extended our weekday delivery hours and will be delivering on the weekends to ensure nothing is missing from under the tree on Christmas morning."

The latest comparative figures for the Christmas period so far show a 12.34 per cent rise in outbound moves from 1,978,515 last year to 2,222,572 and a 2.72 per cent rise in inbound from 5,564,161 to 5,715,344.

It has been a busy year for DHL, with outbound shipments up 12 per cent and inbound shipments increasing by approximately 3 per cent since 2013.

This year, figures show the top five trade lanes shipping to Australia have been the US, China, the UK, Hong Kong and New Zealand. 

Similarly the top five outbound trade lanes are New Zealand, the US, China, Singapore and the UK.

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