How Coronavirus may impact Christmas deliveries

Avango Couriers Manchester Christmas Delivery
A year rocked by Coronavirus has seen an incredible shift to online shopping. Make sure you're prepared for Christmas.

I think we can all agree that 2020 hasn’t exactly gone to plan. Those new year resolutions we all made with such high-hopes and eager optimism on January 1st are now something to be scoffed at. But if there’s one thing 2020 has taught – it’s to always expect the unexpected.

Taking 2020’s current track record into consideration, it’s important to explore how Coronavirus may impact your Christmas deliveries.

Whether you’re an eCommerce owner looking to ship orders out for delivery before Christmas or you are a business owner wanting to make sure your deliveries go ahead unfettered, our delivery couriers are here to help.

Increase in online orders in the lead-up to Christmas

Online orders have skyrocketed this year as more people turn to online shopping, thanks to pandemic-enforced lockdowns. During lockdown one, Royal Mail reported delivering an additional 177 million parcels compared to the same five-month period in 2019. This figure alone doesn’t take into consideration the parcel deliveries made by other companies, including freelance couriers, owner driver couriers, and small courier businesses such as ourselves. Phew, that’s got to have been a lot of parcels making their way around the UK.

Based on this, it’s safe to assume that online orders for Christmas will likely reach new heights this year. This increase in online orders could cause a bottleneck in deliveries if eCommerce businesses and delivery companies aren’t prepared for the increase in volume. If an eCommerce business is under-prepared and under-staffed, it could slow down their order-processing time which in turn would impact delivery hours.

Similarly, unprepared delivery companies risk experiencing a bottleneck if they don’t plan ahead and increase staffing numbers to help with the increase in deliveries over the holiday period. This bottleneck could cause delays at the manufacturing end, delaying you from receiving goods from your suppliers and distributors. Research conducted by Barclays found 39 percent of retailers experienced supply chain disruption during lockdown. With forecasted increases in online shopping putting a potential strain on the delivery industry, it’s important that you take steps to minimise disruption for your business.

That’s where we come in! We pride ourselves on being super organised here at Avango Couriers. This level of organisation paired with our ability to adapt to your requirements means we can support your eCommerce business with supplier collections during the festive period. As a result, you never have to worry about not receiving stock from your suppliers, and you get to keep your customers smiling as you enjoy a stress-free, smooth-running Christmas.

Minimise disruptions to planned deliveries over the festive period

Online shopping isn’t the only factor that could impact deliveries over the Holidays. Since the start of Coronavirus, the global shipping market has been under significant strain. With grounded air cargo fleets and re-routed maritime shipments, B2B deliveries have experienced a drastic increase in lead-time in receiving shipments from manufacturing partners. This delay has had serious effects on UK businesses, causing them to have low-stock issues and delays in getting products to their end consumer.

As a result of this strain, airlines such as Delta and Qatar Airways have pivoted to using their passenger aircrafts for cargo missions spanning the globe!

We may not be able to jump in a private jet and pick up your shipments from far-stretching corners of the world (although we really wish we could… ) but we can help you with your UK deliveries. We can help minimise the lead-time of your oversea shipments by being on standby ready to collect your shipments when they land in the UK. This can significantly help speed up your delivery process and give you peace of mind knowing your products will receive you in good nick.

The eCommerce boom could also have a knock-on effect on other industries wanting to make ‘standard’ deliveries. At Avango Couriers, we can help you with all kinds of deliveries including paperwork, packages and pallets. Our team can work closely with your team to make sure that your urgent deliveries stay on track and don’t fall victim to postal delays caused by the eCommerce boom.

You can pre-book hours, block book deliveries, or call us up for support with last minute deliveries. We work with you to minimise disruption.

Emergency same day delivery on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

The wheels at work don’t stop turning just because it’s Christmas. We understand that some businesses need to keep their doors open over the Holidays.

Just think, there would be uproar if those working in the healthcare sector decided to shut things down to enjoy a three-day Christmas break. Hospitals can’t choose to close their doors for a day. In fact, they’re just as busy as any other day. Many pharmacies will also remain open to make sure people are able to collect their prescriptions and get medical support if they’re feeling unwell.

We understand the demands of the healthcare industry and therefore, provide a specialist and attentive medical courier service.

If your business will be remaining open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we’ll be on-call to support you with any deliveries. Unlike ‘big’ courier companies, we can work every hour of every day. While large courier companies will work set-hours and often take Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off, we’ll remain on standby to assist you with urgent deliveries during the Holidays.

We’re committed to making your Christmas as stress-free as possible. That’s why we work both Christmas Eve and Day to provide emergency same-day delivery services for your business. We suppose that makes us kind of like Santa, except it would be a lot harder to get a van on anyone’s roof. In our six years of offering UK courier services, we’ve never had a single insurance claim… and we don’t fancy getting one for attempting to deliver your goods via chimney! So, if you do need someone to help your business with urgent same-day deliveries over Christmas our couriers promise to carefully collect and deliver your consignment on the same day.

Find out more about our same-day courier services or get in touch with our team today to find out how we can help your business deliveries run smoothly over the Christmas period.