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‘Next day’ delivery considered most popular for the first time, says IMRG…

An overall growth rate of 18.2 per cent year-on-year was recorded in August in relation to the amount of online retail orders, according to recent data from the IMRG MetaPack UK Delivery Index; indicating that shopper confidence appears to be showing some resilience following the Brexit decision.

Since the EU referendum on June 23, the Interactive Media in Retail Group (IMRG) has tracked an increase in the percentage of orders moving cross-border – which the association claims is most likely down to a sharp fall in the valuation of GBP sterling – and the theme continued in the month of August as 27.8 per cent of orders made in the UK were sent to international destinations.

Furthermore, there was also a notable development in the delivery options that shoppers are selecting. For the first time since the Index’s inception, the percentage of orders using ‘next day’ (36.7 per cent) as the fulfilment option was higher than those using ‘economy’ (33.8 per cent). 

Head of e-logistics at IMRG, Andrew Starkey, said We’ve been tracking a general increase in the percentage of ‘next day’ orders for a while now, and in August it became the most popular option domestically for the first time.”

He continued: “There are a number of factors potentially influencing this – some retailers see delivery as a differentiator and are offering next day as standard, others offer it if the customer’s basket value is above a specific threshold and for others the charge for next day is smaller than it has been on average in previous years. A move toward faster delivery is not unexpected and, for carriers, it doesn’t represent a capacity issue during most of the year – but during peaks such as the Black Friday period, promotion of next day delivery should be handled more cautiously.”

The Index was created with the sole purpose of enabling e-tailers and industry professionals to track a wide range of key benchmark metrics, providing the capability of tracking trends and making informed strategic decisions.  

 

You can view the full IMRG MetaPack UK Delivery Index here 

Barclays: Supply chain at the forefront of retailers’ minds following Brexit vote…

A survey carried out after the EU referendum by Barclays has shown that many retailers are already reviewing how their supply chains operate as a result of the Brexit vote; suggesting the origin of products on British shelves could potentially change to suit any upcoming changes.

With this said, in a potentially positive sign for the British economy, 32 per cent predict that they will source more from the UK, with only 12 per cent expecting a reduction. Asia could also reign supreme; 52 per cent expect to increase supply chain activity in India and 43 per cent in China.

However, the research did encounter mixed opinions amongst retailers when considering the effect of the referendum vote on their supply chains. Although 52 per cent think that their business is unprepared for Brexit, a small majority (56 per cent) believes that Brexit will have no real impact (41 per cent) or a positive impact (15 per cent) on their supply chain.

Read more on the research here

Shoes and clothing sales experience biggest fall since 1991…

According to official figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), sales of clothing and shoes in the UK fell by 3.4 per cent in February, making it the sixth consecutive month to fall and the longest stretch of decline since October 1991.

With the drop in sector sales amounting to 0.4 per cent of the overall retail fall, retailers have said that the warmer weather this winter is the reason as to why many goods such as jumpers and jackets have been left unsold. Nonetheless, managing director at UFX.com, Dennis de Jong, has suggested that the EU referendum debate could have played a significant part. “Shoppers tend to be tight-fisted after the January sales but deeper concerns surrounding a possible Brexit might be making them think twice before spending.”

Read the full article here.