How Has The Internet Changed The Parcel Delivery Service?
Remember the days when you had to walk to the post office to send a parcel because that was the only way that you could actually send a parcel. Remember when the post office was the only place that you could check the weight and the price of your parcel. The parcel delivery service is a lot different today isn’t it?
The internet is home to hundreds of parcel couriers that can deliver parcels to anywhere in the world. Did you know that in 2012 there were almost a billion parcels delivered, which may seem like an overwhelming amount but with the drastic increase in online shopping, there had to be an increase in parcels delivered.
Why has the increase in online shopping changed the parcel delivery service?
Imagine how many people order things online every day (or think about how much you order a month). With sites like eBay, Amazon, high street retailers, home retailers, you can find almost anything on the internet. As high streets are going downhill due to the recession, online shopping is increasing. Customers can now get next day delivery, free delivery and in store pick up which entices them to continue buying online. The Christmas period plays a huge part in the parcel delivery service, with more and more people doing their Christmas shopping online to avoid the queues, more parcel deliveries have to be made.
Have smart phones made an impact?
Smartphones allow you to shop when and where you want to. Today you can go into a shop that hasn’t got the item that you want or the right size that you need and then go online and order the right size or item from your phone. Shopping is now immediate which means that parcel delivery services are more in demand.
Has the internet affected couriers?
The internet is now full of different parcel couriers offering a variety of services. Whereas before there was only one parcel courier and that was the post office, there are now hundreds. You can find a parcel courier that’s perfect for you within a minute of being on the net. Parcel couriers now give you a free quote on how much your delivery will cost, you can track where your order is and you can get your parcel redelivered if you miss the original delivery. You can even get couriers that specialise in sending parcels oversees.
So, how has the internet changed the parcel delivery service?
The internet has allowed the parcel delivery service to develop a significant amount in recent years and as online shopping continues to increase it is inevitable that the parcel delivery service will develop even more. Thanks to the internet the parcel delivery service is now more accessible, reliable and diverse. We now have more control over our parcels and where they are, as well as having more control over what type of delivery we use. I believe that the internet has changed the parcel delivery service for the better, do you?
About the Author
Johan Kemp is a freelance writer and eCommerse blogger currently writing in conjunction with Parcel2go.
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