Black Friday to generate 210,000 van deliveries

Will Green is news editor of Supply Management
19 November 2018

Black Friday is predicted to generate an extra 210,000 van deliveries in the UK.

Figures from consultancy BearingPoint show there will be an estimated 30m orders as a result of the promotion, generating in excess of £1.5bn in online sales – up 12% on 2017.

While almost a third of orders will be click and collect, an additional 17m orders for home delivery, compared to an average day, will drive the additional van deliveries.

“Retailers and their third-party logistics providers will need to cope with an increase of over five times their usual daily home delivery volumes,” said BearingPoint.

The firm said that around 20% (6m) of online orders, worth £300m, would be returned following Black Friday.

Stuart Higgins, partner at BearingPoint, said: “Black Friday places a huge logistical challenge on retailers, with massive incremental volume peaks on the day itself combining with a returns surge just as retailers are managing the subsequent Christmas peak.

“This could explain why more retailers than ever this year are moving away from Black Friday as a single day event and instead spreading promotional activity over several weeks leading up to Black Friday to smooth demand and costs.”

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