Package deliveries are expected to soar to new highs this year as retailers like Walmart and Amazon offer faster and cheaper shipping than ever before.
“Record high [package] volumes, rising consumer expectations and fewer days than usual between Black Friday and Christmas Eve will put more pressure than ever on retailers and logistics companies this holiday season,” said Lila Snyder, president of commerce services for the shipping giant Pitney Bowes.
The number of packages shipped this year in the US is expected to reach 13.4 billion — representing 900 million more packages than last year and a 45% increase from 2014, according to the Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index, which tracks parcel volumes globally.
The surge in deliveries this holiday season could give porch pirates more opportunities to commit crimes. Some police departments are preparing for this possibility by allowing people to ship packages to their local police stations and by training residents to identify suspicious activity.
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This holiday season is expected to bring more packages to shoppers’ doorsteps than ever before, with consumers increasingly purchasing goods online and retailers like Walmart and Amazon offering the cheapest, fastest shipping options in history.
“We will definitely see record highs in package deliveries this holiday season as an even higher percentage of holiday shopping shifts online,” said Lila Snyder, president of commerce services for the shipping giant Pitney Bowes.
This will put added pressure on retailers and logistics companies this year, she said.
“Record high [package] volumes, rising consumer expectations and fewer days than usual between Black Friday and Christmas Eve will put more pressure than ever on retailers and logistics companies this holiday season,” she said.
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