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Industry ready for Black Friday, says Logistics UK

Logistics UK is calming concerns over lack of delivery services during the Black Friday sales this year.

Demand is high with online retail sales already up by 44% from September 2019, due to lockdown restrictions decimating high street shopping.

According to Metapack’s Covid-19 Home Delivery Volumes Index, home delivery volumes reached a new peak on 8 November, at 62% above the level on 1 March this year.

Denise Beedell, policy manager for Vans and Urban at Logistics UK, said: “Logistics businesses stepped up during the pandemic to deliver all the essential goods and services the nation needs under incredibly difficult circumstances.

“And now, as we brace for the UK’s busiest Black Friday for logistics, the industry is poised and ready to take on this next challenge.”

She added: “During the pandemic, we have all come to rely on logistics businesses – the country’s new “emergency service” – to bring everything we need to our doors – with each driver making up to an estimated 70-80 parcels deliveries per day, from essential food packages and medicine to entertainment products, gifts and clothing.

“The logistics industry is hard working, adaptable and solutions-oriented. Our member businesses are fully committed to facing the challenge of delivering for the country head on to ensure UK consumers get everything they want this Black Friday.”

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