Evri delivers more than 150 million parcels over the Peak season

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Evri delivers record peak season of more than 150m parcels, boosted by a late festive surge from discount seeking shoppers.

Evri delivers best-ever peak season with parcel volumes surpassing 150 million and 99% of deliveries handled on time. Customers left their shopping late with 21% spike in parcel volumes in the final week. Record performance boosted by Evri’s significant investment in customer services

Evri delivered a record performance of more than 150 million parcels over its peak festive period, driven by a 21% surge in deliveries in the final Christmas week as bargain-hunting consumers left their shopping late.

Customers appeared open to shopping around in the search for value, holding out for bargains with traditional retailers, but also expanding the use of new brands and the increased use of marketplaces. Evri saw continued strong demand from China’s ecommerce fashion and online marketplace new entrants over the festive season.

Evri grew parcel volumes to more than 154 million over the nine weeks to 30 December 2023, including a delivery blitz in the final seven days after cautious shoppers waited for discounts before purchasing – with last-minute gifts featuring heavily – in contrast to lower volumes around Black Friday in November. The company’s best-ever peak season was supported by the £32m service investment plan into its operations and customer service teams with service levels consistently at or above 99% for standard deliveries – up several percentage points on last year. The business hired over 6,500 colleagues to fulfil orders and handle customer queries during the period between Black Friday and Christmas.

Chris Ashworth, Evri’s Chief Customer Officer, said: “Evri delivered a Christmas cracker – with record parcel volumes – driven by its strategic investments made throughout the year and colleagues pulling out all the stops to deliver the best possible festive period for customers. Last year’s performance was hindered by strikes by the major carrier but this much-improved peak season capped off an incredible 2023 for Evri in which it served over 12 million customers a week and delivered more than 720 million parcels.

“Evri has deep and long-lasting relationships with more than 80% of the UK’s leading retailers. We were pleased that our service performance across the year and particularly across the peak weeks has been acknowledged across our client base with very positive feedback from brands, including M&S. Every parcel matters – and that is why Evri is committed to continually improving its services by investing in its people, infrastructure and processes.” Evri’s peak performance was supported by its launch of a new automatic callback function via a new dedicated phone line, which is already connecting thousands more customers to a UK-based advisor at Evri’s contact centre. The new callback function is an Interactive Voice Response phone service that connects customers who call Evri directly to one of its advisors or records a message so they can call back once they’ve looked into the issue. These services promise to deliver a response in 24 hours or less.

Another boost for customers during peak was the option to use more than 10,000 of Evri’s ParcelShops, and lockers, including 1,200 Tesco stores, giving consumers a convenient alternative to home delivery with the flexibility to collect parcels around their schedules. In May, Evri announced that Amazon had made it an accredited Seller Fulfilled Prime carrier for its Prime service to deliver parcels on behalf of all merchants on the e-commerce giant’s website – giving Evri the opportunity to grow its business by several million parcels a year.

About Evri - Evri is the UK’s biggest dedicated parcel delivery company, delivering around 720 million parcels a year. The company has a mission to be the most convenient way to send, receive and return parcels, without costing the earth. Evri works with most of Europe’s top retailers, marketplaces and pre-loved sites. The roots of Evri can be traced back to Yorkshire in 1974 but the business has grown over the decades and now has a team of 8,000+ employees, 20,000+ couriers, 10,000+ out of home locations and a growing network of state-of-the-art hubs and depots.