Saturday 24th Sep 2016 - Logistics Manager

Retail volumes up five per cent on last Christmas, says DHL

Christmas volumes are up more than five per cent on the previous year, according to DHL Supply Chain.

John Boulter, managing director for retail at DHL Supply Chain, said: “Our supply chain figures reflect what is gearing up to be a bountiful Christmas.”

Distribution centres are processing millions of orders right through to the New Year, some individually despatching more than 5 million products each week.

E-commerce orders continue to rise with more than 5 million online orders placed during December.

DHL said it would deliver 1.5 million Christmas puddings and almost 2 million party packs for Iceland, alongside 2 million frozen turkeys, meal joints and salmon for DHL’s food retailers.

And it expects to deliver 96,000 loaves of bread to Nisa over the Christmas season as convenience stores gear up for top-up shoppers purchasing milk and bread locally, rather than making the trip to larger grocers.