As is oft noted, the logistics industry is integral to British economy. Of course, the professional drivers of the country work tirelessly all year round to meet the targets that the economy requires to continue functioning, however, when it comes to the festive season, there are even greater expectations to go that extra mile. Drivers commit more hours and miles to ensure that Christmas will be a success, so as a light-hearted post towards the end of the year, we thought we’d look into the logistics of Christmas.
- In 2015, UK couriers delivered 11.01 billion orders from UK retailers.
- Each person travels on average of 92 miles to deliver their gifts to loved ones.
- Postmen will deliver to 27 millionhomes throughout December.
- 130 million cards and presents were delivered in the run up to Christmas in 2016
- In 2015, the UK had the third largest e-commerce market in the world, and…
- …In October this year, internet sales made up 18% of all UK commerce – that’s more deliveries for professional drivers!
- And this trend is only set to continue, with some predicting that £62.7bn will be spent in 2020.
- Nearly 60 million Christmas trees are grown in Europe every year – and they all need to be delivered via HGVs!
- Finally, we of course cannot forget one of the most hardworking men of logistics – Father Christmas! He works through Christmas Eve into the early hours of Christmas morning, travelling a total of 122 million miles. As pointed out, he is exceptional in meeting next day delivery targets, is consistent yearly, and all for no pay!
As we all relax and enjoy festivities, we hope you’ll join us in taking a moment to remember the hard-working logistics professionals who make it all possible – Merry Christmas from all at Barnes!