Barclaycard – 40% UK workers have parcels delivered to work

According to a shopper insight survey from Barclaycard, around 40% of people regularly use their professional address as a personal PO Box.

The research by Barclaycard also found that 21% of shoppers said that their online shopping has doubled or tripled in the last three years, reflecting other research that online as a venue for shopping is going from strength to strength.

Barclaycard also noticed a number of other UK online shopping trends:

– 8% now get a daily delivery sent to their work address

– Books are the number 1 online purchase sent to the office, with 47% of respondents saying they had done this.

– 33% of women use their professional address to hide their purchase from their partners. Significantly fewer women did this!

– 20% of men admitted getting makeup delivered to work

– 12% get their weekly food shopping delivered to work

– Nottingham is the town where office deliveries is most likely to happen, with 29% of those surveyed from the city having their goods delivered there.

– 16% of respondents have their goods delivered to work as they no longer have a private letter box.

– Over half (51%) said they couldn’t get time off work to go to a Doddle store or similar to pick up their goods.

In a statement from the company, Barclaycard commented, “British shoppers now spend more than £100 billion online every year , with the weekend – Saturday afternoon and Friday and Sunday evenings in particular – the most popular time for consumers to indulge in online retail therapy. In fact, our preference for online ordering has helped boost the size of the UK parcel market to almost £9bn , leading our corporate mail rooms to increasingly act as our private post offices.”

Commenting on the findings, Marc Pettican, Managing Director at Barclaycard, said, “We all love the speed and ease of shopping online and this is especially true over the Bank Holiday weekend when we’ve got an extra day to shop. There’s no denying how handy it is to get our deliveries sent to the work place, so much so that people working in post rooms will likely be feeling quite rushed off their feet.”

Pettican added, “With online shopping continuing to increase in popularity, this post room boom looks here to stay.”