Amazon Logistics Parcel Volume
Doubles in 2020
Pitney Bowes released the US data
from its latest Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index, ahead of the global
Index launch later this month which will include data from 13 countries,
including the top 8 GDP nations. Now in its sixth year, the industry
report is the strongest indication to date of the pivotal influence the
pandemic has had on the US shipping and logistics industry.
Key takeaways from the Index are:
“Every year, the Pitney Bowes Shipping Index offers unrivalled industry insight. For the US, the Index for 2020 reveals record volumes and extraordinary growth to mark a year like no other,” said Jason Dies, EVP and President Sending Technology Solutions, Pitney Bowes. “A 37 percent increase in parcel volume year-over-year compares with an average growth of 10 percent over the past five years. 20 billion parcels represent an average of 61 parcels generated per U.S citizen. Going forward, accelerated investment in infrastructure, technology and digital capabilities will help carriers address surging demand, deliver at scale and cope with the unpredictable.”
The rise in ecommerce had a huge impact on 2020’s monumental parcel shipping volumes. BOXpoll™ by Pitney Bowes, the consumer survey on current events, culture and ecommerce logistics, found 41 percent of consumers continue to shop online more today than they did before the pandemic, underscoring the record growth of ecommerce over the past 17 months.
“The pandemic had an enormous impact on the growth of ecommerce, driving the most significant shift from in-store to online shopping ever experienced,” said Dies. “And as we head into this year’s holiday season, consumer preferences for online shopping show no signs of slowing down.”
Data for the remaining 12 countries in the Index - Canada, Brazil, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden, China, Japan, Australia and India – will be released shortly and will include a forecast of how shipping is expected to grow in the coming years. The decision to release US data earlier was made to meet high market demand in the US. Based on proprietary and published data, the Index has become a valued industry benchmark since the inaugural report in 2015.