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‘Mail-back Monday’ forecast to be busiest day for online returns

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Royal Mail predicts that online returns will jump by more than 50 per cent on Monday 4 January alone, versus the average number of daily returns in December. 

Today’s prediction is based on the number of returns parcels handled by Royal Mail through its Tracked Returns service, which is used by more than 500 e-retailers for the return of unwanted online purchases.

Since Christmas, Royal Mail has already handled increased numbers of online returns. The number of parcels returned using the Royal Mail Tracked Returns service increased 41 per cent in the week after Christmas, compared to average number of daily returns in December. The greatest number of Tracked Returns parcels have been processed in Royal Mail’s London Hounslow, Northampton and Gatwick mail centres.

E-commerce is now the main method for Christmas shopping for more than half (56 per cent) of shoppers. It accounts for more than three quarters of Christmas spend (77 per cent) according to Royal Mail’s Delivery Matters research*.

Last year, one in six online shoppers claimed to have returned or were planning to return an online Christmas purchase. Clothes are most likely to be returned; nearly half of online shoppers (46 per cent) return clothing after Christmas, with toys and electronics being the second most returned categories of online purchases (both seven per cent).

Nick Landon, Managing Director Royal Mail Parcels, said: “Monday is set to be a huge day for mailing back unwanted Christmas gifts and online purchases. We expect the volume of return parcels to jump by more than 50 per cent on this single day. More and more shoppers are using the mail to return their unwanted online purchases. At this time of year the easiest way for many shoppers to return their items is to pop them in the mail rather than tackle the post-Christmas queues.”

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Source : Royal Mail Press Release

04 January 2016

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