200m parcels a year now go to workplace

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Online shoppers arrange up to 200 million parcels to be delivered to their workplace each year, according to research from parcel carrier DPD, suggesting the buyers are increasingly coming up with their own solutions to the final mile problem.

Commissioned by DPD and carried out by OnePoll Research, the survey questioned 2,000 UK adults.

The study revealed that 30 per cent of workers surveyed have previously arranged for their home shopping to be delivered to work, with an average of two deliveries a month being delivered to a British workers’ workplace.

“Most of us have now switched on to the benefits of online retailing, which allows us to shop 24/7,” said Dwain McDonald, chief executive officer at DPD.

“Many online shoppers frequently arrange for their packages to be delivered to their workplace, knowing that there will be someone around to sign for their goods, because they can’t be at home.”

28 per cent of participants claimed that their employer is happy for them to arrange workplace deliveries, but ten per cent said their boss has forbidden them to do so.

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