It’s time to get the log fire burning, mull some wine and settle down with a mince pie or two and watch a feel good Christmas movie.
But before you switch off completely I thought it would be fun to take a look at some mind boggling Christmas logistics facts and figures.
First we must pay homage to the ultimate King of Christmas Logistics, Father Christmas himself. While we are all still trying to find solutions to the ever changing supply chain, he has been quietly providing the definitive next day timed delivery for hundreds of years. Maintaining exceptional customer service and 100% delivery accuracy means his place as King is guaranteed for some time to come.
Do you know he flies 317 million miles on Christmas Eve. That’s 1800 miles per second!
Recently he has reacted to customer demand and now offers a track and trace option through his Norad Tracks Santa Site
The most amazing thing is his charges have never been subject to any kind of increase. He still does all this work for a glass of Sherry, a mince pie and a carrot for Rudolph!
All of our businesses have been affected by the growth in B2C and it’s easy to see why when you take a look at how the value of online Christmas shopping has increased since 2012.
Online sales are showing no signs of slowing down. In fact online spending is forecast to continue to grow for the foreseeable future.
As the amount of money we are spending online goes up so does the number of parcels we are expected to deliver.
More parcels means more vans and light delivery vehicles.
And let’s not forget all the extra picking, packing and deliveries means a substantial increase in workforce over the festive season.
Here’s how Christmas affected a few of our major players last year.
So, if you are feeling exhausted and ready for the holiday now you know why!
Happy Christmas and a relaxing New Year to you all!