Growth in online trading fuels growth in postal packaging at Davpack

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High street stores are continuing to struggle, as more and more shoppers turn to the internet in the search for better deals.

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While sales of nearly all Davpack’s postal packaging products have risen steadily over the last few years, those designed to cut the costs of online traders have seen particularly impressive growth.

During 2011, online retail spending saw a 14% increase over the previous twelve months, while ecommerce spending in December 2012 was 17.8% ahead of the same period in 2011. It now accounts for about 12% of total retail spending in the UK.

That inexorable growth is not just good news for the retailers themselves, however. For at the same time, packaging supplier Davpack has enjoyed its own increase in the sale of just the kind of packaging materials those online traders need to get their products safely to their customers.

While sales of nearly all Davpack’s postal packaging products have risen steadily over the last few years, those designed to cut the costs of online traders have seen particularly impressive growth, not just matching but outstripping the increase in online sales.

Among their most successful products is their range of Post Saver postal boxes, narrow enough to fit through a standard letter box and designed to conform to the ‘large letter’ size of package. Any bigger and they become a packet and see a significant rise in postal charges. It’s proved so popular that the six months up to the end of February saw an increase in sales of over 75% compared to the same period twelve months previously.

Davpack’s grey mailing bags, so light they add practically nothing to the overall weight of a parcel, have also been a hit with customers keen to keep control of spiralling delivery charges. Sales of these have also outstripped growth of online sales and other forms of packaging.

Those may be the best performing lines, but all mail order parcel packaging is growing strongly at Davpack. The ever-expanding choice of single wall boxes and postal boxes are in particularly high demand, especially the popular Econopost postal box range, alongside time-saving pop-up postal boxes and more specialist book boxes.

Davpack’s Managing Director, Barney Byfield commented: “The effects of a tough economy and the 24-hour society mean that consumers and businesses are increasingly looking to save time and money. Widespread access to the internet at home and on the go - recently illustrated by a post-Christmas hike in customers browsing our website with tablets - all points to continued growth in online shopping. As consumers and businesses buy more online, there are more parcels to ship, which in turn increases demand for postal and transit packaging.”

In Davpack’s experience, many businesses are now finding that they are spending more on postage and transport than ever. Coupled with this, the cost of damages is a key headache of internet selling, and returns can easily escalate with the wrong packaging. Storage space is another challenge for companies, as valuable storage and packaging space can be overwhelmed by bulk deliveries of packaging.

“As a mail order business, and the first online packaging superstore, we have the best understanding of the needs in this expanding sector”, Barney continues. “This is why we have taken the lead by offering perhaps the biggest in-stock range of postal packaging available in the UK.

“No business wants to pay more for expensive postage, transport or damages than absolutely necessary. That’s why many of our items are designed specifically to reduce postage and transport costs, for specific items, as well as being available off the shelf in small quantities. This means that, with our help, customers can reduce many of the costs of selling online, as well as often paying less for their packaging too. A double win!”

Online retailers looking to reduce mail order and postal packing costs can contact Davpack’s customer team for free advice on 0844 800 9844, or browse almost 4,000 in-stock items at

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