UK shoppers spent 11% more online in October than for the same period last year.
Derby, United Kingdom (PRWEB UK) 11 December 2012
Figures released by the Office of National Statistics have shown that UK shoppers spent 11% more online in October than for the same period last year. That rise is impressive enough on its own, but for the textile, clothing and footwear sector, the figures are even better, with internet sales up over 22% on October 2011.
Given the state of the weather in the UK over recent weeks, those figures should continue to rise for the rest of the year at least, with many Christmas shoppers likely to be shunning cold, wet and overcrowded high streets. But it’s not just the warmth and convenience of home shopping that’s prompting the rise. There’s also increased confidence in the security of the internet – a September survey by MAP suggested that about 80% of consumers are now happy to give their full name, postal address and email address when shopping online, compared to only 50% in April 2011.
For Derby-based packaging suppliers Davpack, these trends have been good news in more ways than one. The first is its ability to supply that growing band of online traders and retailers with the sort of low cost packaging that ensures their goods reach their customers safely. At the same time, as the first packaging company in the UK to offer an online service, Davpack has witnessed its own internet boom, to the extent that over 50% of its orders are now placed online.
That experience means it is particularly well placed to provide just the kind of postal packaging products its customers need, as Managing Director Barney Byfield explains: “As online suppliers ourselves, we know the importance of offering one of the widest ranges of low cost packaging in the country. Next day delivery on manageable quantities is also a key requirement on packaging essentials such as postal boxes, mailing bags or book boxes.”
The massive rise in activity enjoyed by online traders at Christmas feeds through to create a similar boom at Davpack. “With a lot of our customers experiencing their busiest time of the year, we have to be ready to meet a significant increase in the demand for many of our own products,” continues Barney. “That doesn’t just mean postal bags and boxes, but things like gift boxes and luxury coloured tissue paper as well. You could say we’ve never been busier!”