"The strong growth we are seeing in parcel shipping has led to increasing complexity for businesses of all sizes," said Mark Shearer, Executive Vice President and President, Pitney Bowes Global SMB Solutions. "Small and medium businesses (SMBs) in particular are having trouble managing the growing number of shipping options, service levels and 24/7 tracking. New and improved technologies, including cross-border and cloud-based multi-carrier office shipping platforms, can help businesses of all sizes optimize their parcel shipping operations to maximize efficiency and deliver the best possible customer experience."Increase in North America Driven by Economic Growth, Office Shipping and Internet Retailing
- In North America, parcel shipping volume grew 3.6 percent in 2015 to 11.8 billion in the U.S. and grew 1.6 percent to 0.55 billion in Canada in 2015.
- U.S. businesses spent more than $85 billion on parcel shipping in 2015, up 1.2 percent from 2014.
- Growth in the U.S. parcel market was primarily driven by more frequent consumer online shopping, increased office shipping and growing global trade.
- Approximately 40 percent of the U.S. parcel market is made up of office shipping 1, which includes packages and flats shipped by businesses as part of their daily work flow.
- Of the European countries analyzed, Germany's parcel market is the largest with more than 2.9 billion parcels shipped in 2015. Germany's parcel market growth is primarily driven by B2C parcels propelled by strong demand in ecommerce. Parcel shipping spend in Germany rose by 6.4 percent to €12.7 billion in 2015.
- Parcel shipping volume and spend in the UK grew by 6 percent to 2.2 billion parcels and 10.1 percent to £8.9 billion.
- The parcel shipping market in France grew 4.7 percent in volume to 1.5 billion and 4 percent in spend to €9.7 billion.
- In the Asia-Pacific region, parcel volume dipped by 1.7 percent in Japan, primarily due to an 8.8 percent decline in packets. Conversely, the parcel shipping spend in Japan increased by 2.6 percent to ¥2,480 billion.
- The Australia parcel shipping market grew by 8.8 percent in volume to .70 billion and 8.2 percent in spend at AU$9.6 billion.
- In India, parcel volume grew by 8.2 percent to .34 billion and spend increased 17.2 percent to €110.15 billion.
- Brazil's parcel market grew 13.9 percent to 0.57 billion parcels and spend grew 15.4 percent to R$10.27 billion.
- This strong growth was primarily powered by the increase of internet retailing. Also of note was a growing trend in Brazil of buying products via mobile devices, which has further propelled B2C parcel delivery services.
For more information on the 2016 Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index, please visit www.pitneybowes.com.About Pitney Bowes Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI) is a global technology company powering billions of transactions - physical and digital - in the connected and borderless world of commerce. Clients around the world, including 90 percent of the Fortune 500, rely on products, solutions and services from Pitney Bowes in the areas of customer information management, location intelligence, customer engagement, shipping, mailing, and global ecommerce. And with the innovative Pitney Bowes Commerce Cloud, clients can access the broad range of Pitney Bowes solutions, analytics, and APIs to drive commerce. For additional information visit Pitney Bowes, the Craftsmen of Commerce, at www.pitneybowes.com. 1 Pitney Bowes commissioned research 2013, 2014 and 2015 2 Pitney Bowes Global Shopping Survey, October 2016