Worldwide Express Shares Insight on Key 2014 Holiday Shipping Trends

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As Black Friday and Cyber Monday approach, businesses are preparing for shipping price wars and demand for quick delivery throughout the holiday season.

Dallas-based shipping firm, Worldwide Express

Worldwide Express, a Dallas-based package and freight shipping firm

The holiday shopping season is the busiest time of the year for retailers, and as the economy continues to improve, 2014 shopping sales will be higher than ever.

Worldwide Express, a Dallas-based global package and freight-shipping firm for small and midsize businesses, is preparing its customers for a flurry of shipping activity throughout this 2014 holiday season. Providing insight on what online retailers can expect, Worldwide Express released an infographic outlining key trends in online shopping, consumer expectations and holiday shipping.

“The holiday shopping season is the busiest time of the year for retailers, and as the economy continues to improve, 2014 shopping sales will be higher than ever,” said Tom Madine, Worldwide Express’ president and chief executive officer. “With a majority of shoppers buying their holiday gifts online, retailers will scrambling to ship out products over the next several weeks.

As Black Friday and Cyber Monday approach, many industry forecasts point to an increase in total sales over the 2014 holiday season, with online holiday sales increasing significantly. While convenience plays a role in motivating consumers to shop online, another advantage is the ability to find the lowest prices. This mentality extends to the cost of shipping, and a significant amount of online shoppers are willing to add items to their cart, or endure longer shipping times, to qualify for free shipping.

“Online retailers should prepare for a surge in purchases, and make sure they have the ability to ship products out quickly, said Madine. “And despite the increase in online purchases, businesses will need to fight to differentiate themselves. Offering free or reduced shipping costs as well as shipping flexibility could be the way for a retailer to stand out and make the sale.”

Worldwide Express handles millions of package and freight shipments for more than 35,000 small and midsize businesses. The company was founded in 1995 with a simple idea: to give small and midsize companies – those that form the backbone of the U.S. economy – the same volume perks and shipping options afforded to Fortune 500 companies. Worldwide Express works closely with business owners to identify shipping challenges, and then provides solutions to support their success and help them compete better in the marketplace.

To view Worldwide Express’ infographic outlining trends that online retailers can expect throughout the 2014 holiday season, visit wwex.com/2014-holiday-shipping-season-infographic.

About Worldwide Express
Worldwide Express is a global logistics company based in Dallas that has handled millions of package and freight shipments for more than 35,000 small to midsize businesses. With more than 150 franchises across the country, Worldwide Express is one of the largest authorized resellers of express shipping for UPS®, as well as a trusted freight partner to more than 55 carriers. To learn more, visit http://www.wwex.com.

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