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Doddle’s 1217% growth, Hermes spends £18m, IMRG growth predictions: news round-up

Doddle sees parcel collection volumes up 1217% Q4 2015

Doddle has issued a trading update reporting a 1217% increase in parcel collection volumes from its stores in the last quarter of 2015, compared with the same period for 2014.

Total parcels volume ‘peaked at over 415,000’ for 2015, the company said, while its membership grew 53% from 85,000 to 130,000 between October 2015 and January.

Doddle CEO Tim Robinson, said: “In line with what we have seen from some of the major multi-channel retailer results this week, click and collect significantly outperformed the wider delivery market during peak. Doddle’s click and collect growth tracked 241% higher than the wider parcel market in Q4 2015 as measured against the Metapack Peak Profile Index. During Doddle’s busiest hours, a customer collected a parcel from a Doddle store every four seconds.”

arvato bolsters presence in Russia

arvato SCM Solutions has moved into a new distribution center in Yaroslavl, approximately 250 km northeast of Moscow.

arvato has been active in Russia for 17 years and already operates three distribution centers in Yaroslavl. The highly accessible logistics location features ideal supply chain conditions, especially for Moscow, where short delivery times are particularly important. Overall, in Yaroslavl approximately 80 million B2C items are stored on 70,000 sqm of floor space. Up to 65,000 orders can be processed daily.

IMRG predicts another year of ecommerce growth

The latest figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index have show 11% year-on-year growth in online retail sales in 2015, equating to approximately £114 billion spent online. The annual performance is slightly under IMRG and Capgemini’s 2015 forecast of 12% growth. For 2016, their respective prediction is the Index will record a further 11% growth, with total e-retail sales estimated to be worth £126 billion by year end.

The Christmas shopping period as a whole, defined as the eight weeks between 1 November and 26 December, saw £24.4 billion spent online; a 12% annual increase, and a record for the IMRG index.

£18m scanner investment from Hermes

Hermes has invested £18m in handheld scanners to equip its local courier network and myHermes ParcelShops with more than 20,000 of the devices.

The new scanners provide greater visibility during the delivery process as the company moves towards its goal of 100% first time delivery success.

The 4G devices have a 10-hour battery life and improved GPS functionality, allowing geo-fencing technology to provide improved accuracy for delivery, which means parcels are satellite-tracked to the customer’s doorstep.

In addition, a built-in camera gives Hermes the opportunity to capture high quality photographs.

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