Go-to Kiwi festive items

WineElectronics, wine and homewares are top of Kiwi Christmas list according to Fastway Couriers.

Reports reveal that there are more parcels in transit in New Zealand than ever before, with online retail spend 15 per cent higher than in September 2014.

Additionally, Fastway Couriers estimates that in the months leading up to Christmas, its network will experience a double digit percentage growth in the amount of parcels delivered.

“In NZ, the online purchase of electronic goods have been particularly strong, with an annual growth rate of approximately 25 to 30 per cent. Everyone wants or needs to be ‘connected’ at all times these days, which has inevitably supported the demand for consumer electronic products such as desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones, making them a clear favourite for Christmas presents. Although popular all year round, Christmas is our busiest time of year for electronic items,” says Scott Jenyns, CEO at Fastway Couriers.

“With the liquor industry only just realising the boom of the online retail sector in the past few years, domestic wine sales volumes have increased by an estimated 24 per cent. We distribute thousands of wine cases each year across NZ, with Christmas being one of our busiest times. We’re increasingly working with wine businesses to assist them in delivering products to their customers across NZ as alcohol needs to be handled with care and can’t be left at the door.

“What we’re seeing is an increasing acceptance of the internet as an efficient shopping tool for everyday products, including homewares and sporting goods. A major player operating within this market has reported an increase in these sectors, with year-to-date sales growing by 3.53 per cent and 10.65 per cent respectively. With the rise of e-commerce and m-commerce, it can be far easier to research and shop for these products online to get organised ahead of time.”

Fastway Couriers has developed a range of innovative services including Parcel Connect, a convenient alternative to postal and traditional courier services. Via www.parcelconnect.co.nz, customers can send or collect parcels at a local Parcel Connect agent at a time that suits them. Parcel Connect agents are situated in newsagents, corner stores or service stations.

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