This report identifies the delivery services, and the carriers, which are used by the retailers which comprise InternetRetailing’s UK Top 500
- The summary report analyses overall usage patterns and makes comparisons with previous years
- The accompanying database names the carrier/s and service provider/s used for each service by each retailer, where the publisher is able to identify them.
For each of the top UK retailers it answers:
- Which delivery services does the retailer offer?
- Which provider/s does it use to carry them out?
- Chart: usage of delivery services by top UK retailers
It also answers questions on overall service and carrier usage patterns such as:
- How widely used are the leading carriers for express services and for economy services?
- Which retailers have switched carrier/s?
- What proportion of the top retailers offer same day delivery?
- What proportion offer click and collect via their own stores, via third party parcel shop and locker networks or via both?
- Who are the main providers used for international delivery and two-man delivery?
The services covered are:
- Standard/economy delivery
- Express/next day delivery
- Click and collect services
- Same day delivery
- Two man delivery
- International delivery
Highlights from the report
- While almost all retailers included in the sample offer standard/economy delivery, a significant (and increasing) proportion (25%) do not offer an express/next-day service
- DPD, Royal Mail and Evri are the most widely used carriers across all services with DPD having gained significant share over the last four years.
- For economy services, Royal Mail is the most widely-used carrier with 114 customers out of the 487 who use delivery services using it, followed by DPD, which has 87 - having displaced Evri from second place.
- As in the past, DPD is the most widely used next-day/express carrier, used by 96 customers. Evri, although traditionally an economy carrier, now ranks second as its express services have gained traction across its large customer base.
- While the majority of top retailers in the sample still offer a click and collect option, the biggest surprise in this year’s research has been the significant fall in penetration of this service.
- Having grown steadily, this year saw it fall to lower levels than any time since the publisher started tracking this metric in 2018, with just 57% of retailers offering it
- Usage of own stores for click and collect both continues to be more widespread than usage of third party parcel shop and locker networks and has held up better. The main driver of this year’s fall is a significant reduction in the use of third party networks.
- Evri is the most widely used network, having overtaken Collect+. Historically, Evri focused on ‘Send’ parcels, in particular from eBay sellers rather than click and collect but this result suggests it has successfully expanded its focus.
- Same day remains a niche service offered by just 13 of the 487 retailers, up from last year but a significant fall since 2019, which was the peak year for the service - when CitySprint attempted to transform the market via its On the dot service.
- Two-man delivery is only relevant for a small proportion of retailers (eg carpet and furniture retailers). The leading providers are ArrowXL, Wincanton and BJS but the segment is more fragmented than parcel delivery with significant usage of in-house operations.
- DHL is the most widely-used carrier for international. DPD also scored highly, reflecting the company’s recent push to increase its international business using its own European operations and broader networks via La Poste group.
What are the sources and methodology?
The information was gathered through the following sources:
- Service and carrier information provided on the retailers’ websites and checkout modules
- Calls to customer services teams at the retailers
- Press searches
- It has been sense-checked and cross-referenced with other sources to produce a detailed record of service usage
- The main sample consists of 487 companies drawn from the Top 500. The remainder have been excluded because they do not offer conventional delivery services for a variety of reasons including sale of digital goods, marketplace or franchise operation where the decision is decentralised, food retailers with specific in-house delivery operations or having ceased trading since the list was complied
- Nevertheless, it is inevitable that there will be gaps where the publisher has not been able to identify all providers used, providers may have changed or otherwise.
Table of Contents
- About this report
- About the Publisher
- List of charts and tables
- Service and carrier usage patterns
- Research sample
- Overview of usage of delivery services
- Domestic B2C parcel delivery services
- Economy/standard delivery
- Next-day/express delivery
- Same day delivery
- Click and collect: own stores vs networks
- Parcel shop and locker networks
- Two-man delivery
- International delivery
- Retailer service and carrier usage database
- List of figures
- Companies excluded from our sample
- Usage of services
- Carriers used: all domestic parcels services (express and economy)
- Carriers used: 2019 vs 2022
- Carriers used: economy services
- Carriers used: next-day/express services
- Carrier share and positioning: express vs economy services
- Carriers used: same day delivery
- Click and collect: own stores vs third party parcel shop and locker networks
- Services used: third-party click and collect/parcel shop and locker networks
- Carriers used: two-man delivery
- Carriers used: international delivery
A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:
- TNT Express
- UK Mail
- Royal Mail
- WN Direct
- DPD Local
- P2P Mailing
- Collect Plus
- Amazon Logistics
- City Sprint