There was an unexpected slowdown in parcel growth in September following the predicted lull in August, according to the latest IMRG MetaPack Delivery Index.
However, the volume of deliveries is still 10.9 per cent up on September 2013 and cumulative volume growth is holding at 18.9 per cent for 2014.
Andrew Starkey head of e-logistics for IMRG said “Volumes are still up against the same period last year and remain 18.9 per cent on 2013 cumulatively so we still believe that UK retailers will dispatch a record of circa 890 million online orders and 928 million parcels in 2014.”
He added: “We would expect the weather to worsen and drive up autumn and winter clothing range sales. But to catch up on a quiet September it is possible that some online retailers will begin to discount earlier.”