Thursday, 06 September 2018 23:59

Pitney Bowes report shows 'Australia’s parcel shipping volume exceeds 63 million'


The Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index reports that "parcel shipping generated A$9.2 billion in revenue last year, an increase of 6.2% over 2016.

Meanwhile, global shipping volume is set to surpass 100 billion parcels in 2020, with a stack of Australian and global stats worth reading below.

"Pitney Bowes, a global technology company that provides commerce solutions in the areas of ecommerce, shipping, mailing and data, has released its third annual Parcel Shipping Index, which revealed parcel volume in Australia grew eight% last year to 841 million parcels, up from 778 million in 2016.

"The annual report, which measures both volume and spend for business-to-business, business-to-consumer, consumer-to-business and consumer consigned shipments, shows Australians receive an average of 34 parcels each year, driven by fast growth in e-commerce sales this past year."

The company says the ecommerce revolution in Australia "has contributed significantly to the strength of the parcel shipping market".

"The seamless experience provided by many online marketplaces has driven consumers’ expectations for convenience, price and availability of products from around the world, made possible through global ecommerce."

Key Australian highlights:

  • Parcel volume increase to 841 million from 778 million, increase of over 8% YOY
  • Parcel revenue increase to 9.2 billion from 8.6 billion, increase of over 6.2% YOY
  • Thirty-four parcels per capita in 2017, increase of over 6.4% YOY

The omnipresence of ecommerce has spurred a global boom industry, with parcel shipping generating $279 billion in global revenue last year, increasing 11% from 2016. In the 13 markets reviewed, the Shipping Index expects global shipping volume to surpass 100 billion parcels by 2020.

Stephen Darracott, ANZ country manager and director, Pitney Bowes, said, “The parcel shipping market remains strong, with growth across all regions.

"Global ecommerce giants continue to raise the bar, resetting customer expectations when it comes to shipping. As retailers and marketplaces look to cross-border commerce to drive growth, carriers must create efficient, seamless routes to market.

"They’re doing this by turning to technology, investing in commerce platforms, logistics hubs and fulfilment centres.

"Over the next year, we expect businesses will be undergoing a digital transformation of their mailing and shipping workflow, improving their efficiency and inbound and outbound tracking capabilities.”

"Australia’s parcel market is expected to grow to more than 1 billion parcels a year by 2021. The parcel delivery market is seeing exponential growth backed by ease of shipping, delivery and tracking parcels domestic and internationally.

“The Australiana and New Zealand market is gearing for an exponential growth as we’re also seeing more and more ecommerce companies looking to the shipping industry with a value proposition.

"Pitney Bowes accelerated its entry into the shipping market by introducing SendPro to Australian SMB retailers. As the competition heats up, simplified and reliable service, accelerated delivery times, and transparent and accurate tracking will be the key to success,” Darracott continued.

Topline trends across the globe:

  • China’s parcel volume triples that of the US: China (40.1 billion), the United States (11.9 billion), and Japan (9.6 billion) represented the top three countries for parcel shipping volume in 2017. China’s parcel shipments represent 53% of the total shipments in the Parcel Shipping Index.
  • US tops shipping revenue: The US ranks highest in parcel shipping revenue at $107 billion, generating 38% of the total revenue of the 13 countries. China ($73 billion) and Japan ($25 billion) follow. The average shipping price of a parcel is $8.95 in the US, compared to $1.83 in China and $2.64 in Japan.
  • China’s parcel growth continued to soar: Despite slower parcel volume growth from the previous four years, China represents the largest market in parcel volume growth at 28% YOY. India (11%) and Sweden (9%) followed.
  • Japanese residents receive the most packages: Japan tops per capita shipping, with 76 parcels shipped per person in 2017. The UK follows at 48 parcels shipped per person, and then Germany at 41 parcels.

About the Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index

The Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index measures parcel volume and spend for business-to-business, business-to-consumer, consumer-to-business and consumer consigned shipments with weight up to 31.5kg (70 pounds) across Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the US.

Population data points were sourced from the International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database published in October 2017. The Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index spans 13 countries and represents the parcel shipping activity of 3.7 billion people.

You can see the interactive Shipping Index map here, while the full resolution version of the infographic below can be seen here, or you can click the infographic below too.


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